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August 2018

Cooking With Sensei – Pico de Gallo

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How To Make Fresh Pico De Gallo

Get ready for a  fresh flavor explosion in your mouth!  This very special topping for your BBQ delight is made quick and easy. It literally takes minutes! In this salsa you will have a combination of tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, salt and fresh lime juice. 
 
Quick & Easy Tomato Prep
  1. Dice up your tomatoes
  2. Season them (A quick sprinkle of kosher salt will do)
  3. Place tomatoes into food strainer with a bowl underneath
  4. Refrigerate for ~1 hour
 This will do 2 things; one, amplify and open up the sweetness of your tomatoes and drain out any excess liquid that is released from the tomatoes before mixing it with the additional ingredients.
 
While the tomatoes are resting in the fridge, now dice up the onion, (I prefer my onion cut up into smaller pieces to avoid a strong sense of onion over any of the other ingredients.) Then follow by cutting up the jalapeño pepper even smaller. (This is a personal preference. You can opt to leave it out if you don’t like too much heat in your food, or reduce the amount you put in based on your preference.)  Chop up the cilantro. Then pour all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, squeeze one fresh lime and mix.

Fun Pico de Gallo Trivia!

The wonderful thing about fresh pico de gallo is that you can eat it right out of the bowl on a chip, or use it as an ingredient for other recipes like guacamole, fajitas, enchiladas, and black bean soup. Not only is it so rich and versatile in its flavor, but it’s highly adaptable so that you can make it according to how YOU like. All you need is ripe tomatoes,onions, jalepeno, cilantro, salt and lime juice.
 
So here’s a little trivia for you … Did you know the name “Pico de Gallo” literal translation is “rooster’s beak”? Why you might ask? 

Well it’s because it contains the colors found on a rooster’s head! Think about it …comb and all. Another reason why it was called that is because of the way people once ate it by hand; with the thumb and forefinger imitating the pecking of a rooster while eating.  You can even see the colors of the Mexican flag in the ingredients!

Sensei Sean Nolan & Sensei William Bonet Receive Promotions

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Congratulations to Sensei Sean Nolan (TSMMA Midwood) & Sensei William Bonet (TSMA Hauppauge) on their recent promotion! 

Sensei Nolan and Sensei Bonet receive promotions at Tiger Schulmanns

The Story Of Sensei Nolan

Sensei Nolan began training with Tiger Schulmann’s back in 2002. Over the past sixteen years he has grown both personally and professionally. Sean’s journey began as a student and progressed to part-time instructor until his professional career drove him to  California. After some time, he returned east. His passion for mixed martial arts brought him back to Tiger Schulmann’s with a firm commitment to train hard and be the best he can be.

In addition to being a passionate instructor, Sensei Nolan is a competitor at the heart. From the street corner to the center ring, he is fueled by fierce ambition and a desire to improve. His students applaud him and his colleagues support him. Congrats Sensei! 

 

Tiger Schulmann's instructors acknowledging the promotion of Sensei Nolan and Sensei Bonet

Sensei Bonet’s Journey

At 22 years old, Sensei Bonet started his journey with Tiger Schulmann’s. His ascension from student to Joshu to Sensei has been remarkable. As a competitor, he was one of the first competitors in the first Challenge of Champions full contact tournament. His desire to continuously stay in shape and willingness to participate as a student paired with his humility and loyalty set him up to be an amazing instructor.

Described as “being like family” within the organization, Sensei Bonet has a beautiful family of his own, his wife Christina also trains within the organization and is a black belt are proud parents to two beautiful kids. We’re excited to him as part of our family! Job well done, sensei!

Cooking With Sensei – Grilled Shrimp

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Lets throw some shrimp on the barbie!  Grilled shrimp is one of my favorite things to do.  This method really brings out the flavor of the food. Aside from protein, shrimp provide a pretty impressive array of nutrients. For the best possible results, buy fresh shrimp on the day that you plan to grill them. 
 

Great Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp thaw quickly and can go bad even more quickly. Make sure that you buy either jumbo or colossal sized shrimp for easier grilling.  Shrimp can be grilled with or without their shells.  I like to peel the shrimp prior to grilling. Remove all of the shell except for the part that is around the tail of the shrimp.  Removing the shell will allow the marinade to penetrate the meat and give the shrimp more taste.  Devein the shrimp by using a small, sharp knife to cut down the back of each peeled shrimp. Pull out the vein while washing the shrimp under cold water.  My favorite marinade for the shrimp is quite simple; just olive oil, fresh chopped parsley, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper. Simply mix everything is small bowl and let sit in refrigerator for 20 minutes.  Now it’s time to grill the shrimp.
 
Cooking Tip: The outside should turn a nice pink color when its cooked while the meat inside should be white and opaque.Be careful not to over cook the shrimp or else it will become tough. 

Martial Arts For Kids: How To Prepare For The First Class

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With back to school season approaching, its important to find a program that can improve both self confidence and physical fitness for kids. martial arts is a great choice 100 percent of the time. Not only can it increase an child’s strength, flexibility and stamina, but it can also lead to more empowering thoughts that, in turn, encourage one to be able to stand up for themselves in a variety of situations.

At Tiger Schulmann’s, we offer several classes that cater to participants of all ages and skill levels. Specifically focusing on kids, though, here are a few tips to prepare for the first class:

  • Dress comfortably: Having the proper attire is key in order to succeed in class. If your child’s arms and legs cannot move freely during activity, it can be rather difficult to keep up. To learn what is required of Tiger Schulmann’s participants, contact the class instructor prior to arrival.

 

  • Keep hydrated:Before class begins, children should make it a priority to hydrate themselves by drinking enough water. Then, they should keep a bottle by their side during class time so that they can quench their thirst once activity begins. Finally, it is important to drink plenty of water after class as well to replenish the body with fluids.

 

  • Start slow: The instructor knows exactly how to pace the class depending on age and ability, so it is important to follow their instructions closely. Although children may be excited, overdoing it could be dangerous and cause a serious injury. At Tiger Schulmann’s, all of our instructors are professional and qualified, so you can rest assured knowing that your child won’t be given more than they can handle on the first day.

 

If you are looking for a program that is safe, fun and exciting for your child, Tiger Schulmann’s has plenty to choose from. To learn more, check out our martial arts for kids programs more information about the programs we offer to children, please visit www.tsk.com/kids.

Also, don’t forget to connect with us on social media! We’re LIVE on Facebook, Twitter,and YouTube, and update our pages regularly with the latest Tiger Schulmann’s news!

Cooking With Sensei – Swordfish

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Its time to change it up a little with some grilled swordfish instead of the usual suspects like chicken or beef.  If you’ve never had swordfish, you definitely should try it. Swordfish is delicious! It has a very clean taste to it and when cooked right basically flakes apart. It really is one of the best fish to grill during the summer and with minimal preparation too.  Since swordfish is rich and flavorful it will pair well with grilled vegetables.  
 

 

Simple & Easy Swordfish

First, prepare the grill and set it to a medium-high heat. I chose to do a simple marinade with some fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil. To begin, whisk olive oil, mint, lemon juice, basil, and garlic in a medium bowl to blend. Then season the lemon and olive oil mixture with salt and pepper, to taste. Brush the swordfish steaks with 2 tablespoons of the lemon and olive oil mixture.
 
Grill the steaks until just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (depending on thickness of steaks). Transfer the steaks to plates. Spoon the remaining sauce over and serve.

Joshu Mike Trizano Promoted To Sensei

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Congratulations to Mike Trizano for earning his promotion to Sensei! 

Mike’s Start

Mike “The Lone Wolf” Trizano started his training with Tiger Schulmann’s in Summer of 2009. At 17, he always a decent athlete who loved football and baseball, but his Dad said he didn’t have faith in his discipline and reluctantly signed him up. At first, his father didn’t want to pay; he was convinced Mike would quit in 3 months. Fueled by his father’s doubts and motivated by the team around him. Mike’s natural raw talent and newly designed training began to catch the eyes of Sensei Shawn Rapoport.

Mike’s Love For Fighting

Mike was encouraged by Sensei Rapoport to begin teaching  around 2011. His schedule was part time because he was going to college. After a few semesters the two sat down together and he said he spoke to his parents and they earned their support to focus on his career in the MMA on one condition, his promise to push himself to  “go all the way”!  Started fighting in summer of 2012. There was never had to worry about his conditioning or weight, he always was ate right, kept to his program and would training on his own until he was the last one in the gym.

The Lone Wolf’s Success In The Ring

In 2014, Earned his black belt and became head instructor in Nanuet, and since 2015 has been the head instructor in Paramus while pursuing a professional fighting career.  As a professional, Mike has an undefeated record in UFC, and was recently crowned the lightweight champion of The Ultimate Fighter 27.