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October 2018

Born & Bred | Julio Arce

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Julio Arce punching at the camera - Tiger Schulmann's born and bred

Julio Arce is the head instructor at Tiger Schulmann’s Bayside in Queens, and this second-degree black belt is no stranger to competing at one of the biggest arenas in the world: Madison Square Garden. After achieving top titles in boxing and kickboxing at The Garden, he’s pursuing a combat sports trifecta: an MMA win at UFC 230 this weekend.

Ahead of his upcoming bout, we caught up Julio to learn more about how growing up in New York City and training at TSMA paved the way to his competing at The Garden, now, for a third time.

What was it like growing up in Bayside, Queens?

It was rough. I know that other kids have often experienced the same thing growing up in NYC. I was a chubby kid, out of shape. I didn’t have much confidence and definitely didn’t see myself the way I do now. I always felt very very self-conscious because of the way I looked: if I went to the beach, I would keep my shirt on.

Then, my sister brought me to Tiger Schulmann’s to try to help me lose weight. I fell in love with everything about it during that first class, and here I am now! I went from a fat kid just trying to not be chubby to becoming a fighter in the UFC. As a kid, I never thought I’d get to this level. I really just wanted to make myself a better person: the best version of me that I can be.

How has your family supported your journey?

My family is unbelievably supportive. When I started competing, it got a bit nerve-wracking for my mom because, you know, she’s a Mom. She’s protective of her kids. But, after seeing the amount of work that I’d been putting in, day-in and day-out, my family started believing in my ability, and what I can do. My whole family supports me and they cheer me on. My 2 sisters have been to every single bout since I started, and their support has been (and still is) a major part of my journey. Though, my Mom still can’t help being a little nervous when I go head-to-head.

How does it feel to be returning to The Garden?

In 2011, I competed in the New York Golden Gloves, which was an amazing experience. To be honest, I actually didn’t want to do it at first; I didn’t even want to do boxing at all. But once I got in, I was competing every week, and worked all the way up to win. It was a huge, groundbreaking accomplishment for me. I kept training hard, and eventually got the opportunity to compete under one of the biggest kickboxing promotions, GLORY, which was also at The Garden. And I won there, too!

So UFC 230 is extra important for me. This time, I made a push to be on this card, because it’s mean I’ve done all 3: Golden Gloves (the biggest amateur boxing competition), GLORY (the biggest kickboxing promotion in the world), and UFC (the biggest pro MMA competition). So, here we are. I don’t think there’s anybody that has accomplished that, which is is huge for me. I’d be able to say that I not only won all 3, but that I won in MY city, and at MSG.

Are there any other pros who have inspired you?

Growing up in my family, everyone was always working super hard just to be able to live in New York City. That work ethic inspired me. That tenacity and grit I saw in my own family just trying to get by inspired me more than any athlete.

I learned that you can’t get anywhere by just sitting back and waiting for somebody to hand it to you. You have to get out there, commit, and work your butt off. That’s the only way to get anywhere. I admire that drive in successful people, and it pushes me to keep finding that within myself.

What role have your coaches played in helping you get to where you are?

My coaches—Tiger Schulmann and my mentor Bryan Gotthoffer—have been like father figures to me. They took a chance on a chubby little kid, and have guided me to becoming who I am today. After 17 years of putting in the work as they motivated me, I see now how far I’ve come as a person, and how much I’ve been able to achieve in my amateur and professional combat career. They’ve instilled that work ethic in me, that keeps me training.

Do you have a dream opponent?

I’m just excited that I made it to the biggest MMA promotion in the world. I go into every fight not worried about winning or losing, you know, because no matter what I made it to the top level.

It’s like if you make it to the NFL ,no matter what anyone says, you can’t take that away?. Now that I’m here, it’s just about climbing up the ranks to get to the top?. So whoever’s at the top by the time I get there, that would be my dream opponent.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for who I am: a dude who worked hard to accomplish something significant. I want people to see that nothing’s impossible. I wasn’t knocked down when I didn’t immediately get the call from UFC, or cast for “The Contender.” It would’ve been easy for me to say, “I’m done with this.” It would’ve been easy for me to stop chasing a dream that I wasn’t sure I could make happen. But I didn’t. I just kept my head up and just kept going. I felt like success is right around the corner, and if I gave up too soon, I couldn’t live with the thought of “what if.” ? So, I want to remind everyone to keep working hard towards what you want to achieve. Of course, there’s going to be bumps along the road, there’s going to be ups and downs, but you gotta tough it out to win.

Follow Julio on Social:

Instagram: @julioarce89

Twitter: @JArceTSMMA

Cooking With Sensei – Twice Baked Potatoes

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Cooking With Sensei - Twice-Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes can be very plain sometimes, so today I’m going to show you how to make them more exciting. Twice baked potatoes are so easy to make that anyone can do it. 

Let’s start with four medium to large Idaho potatoes scrubbed and washed down, next we’re going to need.

Step 1: Bake Potatoes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Pierce  potatoes all over with a fork and place directly on oven rack.   
  • Bake them for one hour or until tender.   

Step 2: Cut & Stuff Potatoes

  • Using gloves cut potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out each potato into a bowl. 
  • With a fork mash the potatoes and add butter, yogurt and seasonings.  Mix well.   
  • Place scooped out potato skins on a baking sheet and carefully fill each skin with mixture to fill
  • sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and chives.   

Step 3: Re-Bake Potatoes


  • Return stuffed potatoes back to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes more until cheese is melted. 

When done serve as side to main course or cut them into smaller pieces and serve as an appetizer. 

Twice Baked Potatoes: The Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of butter 1/2 a cup of organic plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 a cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp of fresh chopped chives.

Sensei Shane Baker Receives Promotion

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Congratulations to Sensei Shane Baker (TSMA Cherry Hill) on his recent promotion to 3rd degree black belt! 

Opening Thoughts From Sensei Marchand

Any promotion ceremony at Tiger Schulmann’s is an honorable one. Whether a student is receiving their first stripe or an instructor who is being presented with a higher belt – the prestige is all the same. There are two integral parts to any ceremony;  the presenter and the recipient – if you’ve been on either side of this tradition, you know what a distinct privilege it is to participate.

For Sensei Marchand, the promotion of Sensei Baker provided a challenge. Considering the two instructors didn’t come from the same school, or share the instructor-student relationship that is most common in belt ceremonies, Sensei Marchand had to do his homework to REALLY get to know Sensei Baker.

“Your past to me is very important, because your past is what defines who you are today.” – Sensei Mike Marchand 

Shane’s Journey

Shane Baker started training at 4 years old and received a black belt at age 8. He actively participated in Challenge Of Champions over the years and received his second degree belt at 18. In high school, he was always an athlete. He was the player/coach for the tennis team and continued on to play and coach during his college years. He was also a great student in the classroom, as he received his Electrical Engineering degree he went on to pursue, and receive his MBA from University of Delaware. 
 

After graduating, he began to train part-time at the Feasterville school, which eventually led to helping out at the school and he soon realized that martial arts instructing was his calling. He continued at Feasterville until he joined Sensei Alexander and took over the Cherry Hill location, within a year’s time he was owner and head instructor. Shane continues to train, teach and fight too! He continues to keep at grappling events (NAGA) and has a record of 4-0 in kickboxing. 

Sensei Shane Baker receiving his 3rd degree black belt from Sensei Mike Marchand

Learn more about classes at Tiger Schulmann’s Cherry Hill 

Born & Bred | Lyman Good

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Lyman Good Bprn and Bred promo card

 

It’s not often that someone can be called a hometown hero. But Lyman Good, instructor at Tiger Schulmann’s Chelsea, now has that opportunity. Born and raised in New York City, Lyman will be taking his martial arts skills into the octagon in the world’s most iconic venue: Madison Square Garden.

Before his highly-anticipated competition at UFC 230, we caught up with Lyman and learned more about his journey from Spanish Harlem to The Garden.

What was it like growing up in Spanish Harlem?

Growing up in Spanish Harlem was a not easy. We were in the projects off of 1st Avenue, which was primarily a gang area. As a kid I was a bit naive, but as I got older, I knew that guns and gangs was not the life I wanted to live. So, I often kept to myself, which led me into fights, which subsequently got me kicked out of school.

Looking back, one of the benefits of being raised in that environment was that it forced me to develop a strong sense of self. Being an “outsider” offered me more individuality and pushed me to find my own path away from the drugs and violence. Essentially, where I came from made me who I am, which I am very appreciative of.

What led you to to Tiger Schulmann’s?

Growing up, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Like I said, I had a tough upbringing and had a lot going on in my life from a personal standpoint. I grew up with my mom and two younger sisters. [My mom] single-handedly raised the 3 of us.

When I was a teenager, she pushed me into getting into something positive—an outlet of some sort—because I had been getting in trouble in school, was kicked out for fighting, and stuff. I was never the type to get into fights for the fun of it. I was always trying to stick up for someone else, to fight off bullies and be tough. My mom also saw that I was very much on my own. I liked playing music and writing, but I didn’t really socialize much.

We both decided that martial arts classes would be a good idea. One day we went down to [Tiger Schulmann’s] together, and from the second I walked in, I felt something great about the atmosphere and fell in love with it right away. Everyone was welcoming, they brought me in with open arms, and the rest is history.

 

When did you realize you enjoyed competing?

I started training I believe at the age of 16 or 17. I couldn’t tell you the exact moment, but my first bout solidified the love that I have for combat sports and MMA. With more and more ring experience, and a string of wins, that love only grew stronger. But at the same time, another love grew true to my heart: the love of being an martial arts instructor!

Where did that love come from?

From my earliest experience at Tiger Schulmann’s, I was always surrounded by other instructors and people who influenced me. I had a lot of mentors: Tiger and Ron Schulmann, my first instructor Sensei Lopez, and Sensei Levy. They’ve each played a huge role in my evolution from a student into a pro athlete and instructor.

How do you balance being an instructor with being a professional athlete?

It’s tough sometimes. When you’re a fighter you’re more selfish, as you should be to survive and win. As an instructor, you should be completely selfless, because it’s about giving to your students—it’s not about you anymore. There’s a very fine balance you have to find between the two.

Outside of Tiger Schulmann’s, are there any other pros who have inspired you?

No. Not at all. No athletes, no MMA fighters. just my mom. I saw how strong and powerful my mom always was when things weren’t easy. It wasn’t because everything she did came easy—everything that she did was really difficult—but through that struggle, she still managed to give me and my sisters eternal love. She worked 2-3 jobs just to feed us, and went to college to better herself and to find more opportunity. That type of persistence through hardship, and constant love, were the strongest influences in my life.

How supportive has your family been with your decision to become a combat sports professional?

My mother has been encouraging from the get go, and still does to this day. Whether its training, competing, or owning a school, my mom is my Number 1 supporter. She knows that whatever I decide to do in my life that I’m going to do it 100 percent. She sees that’s the type of person I am. I’m very driven with things, so she knows that I won’t do things halfway. I knew I was going all the way, whether I became a professional, or ran my own school.

Do you have any pre-bought superstitions?

The night of weigh-ins, I shut all the lights off and freeze out the room. Anyone who’s ever stayed in a hotel with me the night before can attest to how cold it gets in that room. I go into this hibernation mode. I make it very cold, very dark, and just shut out everything until the next day when I have to leave to head to the arena.

In the morning, I open the blinds wide to let in the sunlight in for the first time. I emerge out of the dark, and stand in front of the window letting the bright light hit me on my face, my eyes. That’s my awakening. I know it’s time and that I’m ready.

What separates you from your opponent?

I think it’s my dedication to training, and how I’m able to juggle being an instructor and a fighter. I have to find that on-off switch between the athlete “selfishness” of training for myself versus focusing on  my students’ skills and their confidence. Most fighters just want it to be about them all the time, but that is not best for me and who I am. I’m humble, not a trash talker, which seems like the thing you’re expected to do, now. I’m old-school in that sense. I always want to keep the integrity of the sport and respect and honor it. I want to remain focused, and train hard to beat my opponent. That’s my goal.

What does it mean for you to be competing in NYC, and at Madison Square Garden?

It solidifies your career. It’s a dream most pros would want to accomplish: fighting on a big stage right in your hometown. It doesn’t get any bigger than Madison Square Garden! And at the end of the day, I feel like everybody wants to represent who and what they are, and where they’re from. New York City has made me who I am. So to fight here is one of my biggest accomplishments. I’m very happy, and feel that I’m extremely blessed.

Follow Lyman on Social:

Instagram: @lymangoodmma

Twitter: @lymangoodmma

Cooking With Sensei – Basil Pesto Crostini

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Cooking with sensei's basil pesto crostini
Nothing beats the smell of fresh chopped basil & freshly baked bread! Two main ingredients in our recipe this week … Basil Pesto Crostini.  The perfect accompaniment to any meal; soup, salad, steak – freshly baked crostinis make for the perfect pairing. In addition to how good it tastes – you might be surprised how fresh and pretty it looks on the plate. With its rich aromatic scent and vibrant colors, it really is an inviting dish. Trust me, your friends will love it


Quick & Easy Crostini Recipe

First off, we’re here to make your life easier, so let‘s break out the food processor for this recipe.

To make the Pesto, all we need is the first five ingredients; 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup pine nuts, 3 cloves fresh garlic. Pulse them while slowly adding the olive oil. Once blended together, we should have a thick aromatic mixture that will make your kitchen smell lovely! Don’t forget to season the mixture with salt and pepper! (Always taste to make sure it’s to your liking).  

Now that the mixture is done, put aside. Slice your baguette into 1 inch diagonal slices. Lay the slices flat, toast in the oven or toaster oven to a light golden brown on the edges. (Be careful not to over toast the bread). Spread 1/2 a teaspoon of that pesto goodness on each slice of toast and top with the diced tomatoes and finish by adding a spoonful on top of each crostini toast.

Easy, right?!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup  – cherry (and/or) sungold cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 cups – fresh basil leaves 
  • 1/2 cup – freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup – pine nuts 
  • 3 cloves – fresh garlic 
  • 1/2 cup – extra virgin olive oil 
  • salt / pepper (to taste) 
  • 1 loaf – French baguette

Born & Bred | Shane Burgos

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Shane Burgos born and bred promo card


What was it like growing up in the Bronx?

Growing up in the Bronx was unique. It was one of things where I lived in not such a great neighborhood—but growing up in it, I didn’t think anything of it.

We lived in the projects, and as I got a bit older, I started to become a bit more aware of my surroundings. Like, I didn’t know what nickel bags and dime bags were; they were laying all over the street. When I was going into the 6th grade, we decided to move upstate to Monroe, New York.

How did you start training?

Growing up, I was never a great athlete. I didn’t do much sports until the 8th grade, when I joined the diving team in school. I enjoyed it because it came easy and I was really good at it. I spent 3 years on the team in middle school. It was halfway through my 2nd year that I discovered Tiger Schulmann’s. When I started training, I immediately knew that this was much better than diving. I went to my Mom and Dad and told them that I wanted to start training full-time and they we’re both like: “No way. You need to stick with the diving. You can get a scholarship and go to college for it.” But I had zero desire for it. To be honest, there was nothing that was going to stop me from [pursuing martial arts] training.

Although they didn’t see a career path in it, I was dead set to do it. Although they made me finish the last year of diving while I trained, I was doing my best to get kicked off the team and eventually quit to pursue martial arts full-time.

Was there a specific moment when your parents went from skeptics to supporters?

It was probably when they came to my first competition. My first official competition was actually at Challenge of Champions. I was real new—I think I was a blue belt or something—and here I was facing guys with much higher belts. I wasn’t intimidated, but I could tell by the look on my mother’s face that she was. It was my first competition, and I took 1st place. I think they said to themselves, “Wow. He’s good.” It’s been 100 percent support since then.

Are you inspired by any other MMA athletes?

In 8th grade, around the time I was diving, I started watching Ultimate Fighter Season 2. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow. This is great, this is awesome. This is the craziest sport I’ve ever seen.” I was immediately into it. I became a huge, huge fan of the sport and then I found the Tiger Schulmann’s school the year after.

Matt Hughes was a guy who I was really drawn to immediately. He coached in that season, but I remembered him from seeing him slam Carlos Newton in UFC 34. After his recent accident, it’s really sad to see what he’s going through. His fight, determination in his recovery is inspiring to me.

You’ve overcome adversity in your life. Could you share a bit of your story?

When I was in the 6th grade I found out that I had scoliosis. At first, it wasn’t anything too serious. For those who don’t know, its a curvature of the spine, and mine was at about 20 degrees. We were told the best thing to do was to keep monitoring it, that it could either get progressively better, or get worse. I got worse. It was actually right when I started training that I went back to the doctor. It hadn’t even been a year at Tiger Schulmann’s and the doctor told me that the curvature doubled and that my only option was surgery.

They told me that due to the severity of the procedure (2 metal rods and $15K worth of screws) that training would be over forever and this would most likely end all athletic activities.

Now if you know me, you know that me and all my brothers are all super active. At our house we had skateboards, trampolines; we were always outside. I’m a very active kid. At 16, I wasn’t taking that for an answer. There was no way that I wasn’t going to be able to do anything,especially martial arts. I remember crying in the doctor’s office when we decided to go through with the surgery.

Two days after my 16th birthday, I got the surgery. It was the worst day of my life. Imagine this: you’re 16, you wake up in the middle of the night, it’s pitch black, no one is there, you can’t even move. The only thing I could do was go back to sleep. I’d wake up, see my mom there, its daytime, then go back to sleep. Wake up, see my cousins there, it’s dinner time, go back to sleep. It went on like that for a few days like that. The pain started to subside, I went through some minor [physical therapy] to get out of the hospital, and after a week was discharged.

The road to recovery was not an easy one, for sure. My parents had to do everything for me. They literally had to feed me, wash me, and help me go to the bathroom. I had to stay in bed for a while, and at 16 years old, that was tough. While other friends were out running around, playing sports, having fun, my mom was giving me a bath.

It was a long, slow recovery, but after 3 months, I returned to train at Tiger Schulmann’s and haven’t looked back since.

Sequence of three shots of Shane with his fists in the air and then flexing for Tiger Schulmann's Born and Bred campaign

What does fighting at Madison Square Garden mean to you?

For every combat sports athlete, fighting at MSG is the pinnacle. It’s the most iconic arena in the world, and I think that every fighter wants to fight there. However, being a New York fighter, it’s extra special. It means the world to me. I’m going to have that place packed out. All my friends, all my family, all of Tiger Schulmann’s schools are going to be there. Can you imagine that? Almost 50 schools all rooting for you? It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

What separates you from other fighters?

My pressure. If you watch my fights, I’m in your face the entire time. I’m well trained and I don’t get tired. I eat shots and keep coming. On my feet, I’m a nightmare match up. If you’re gonna fight me, you’re going to have your back up against the cage the whole time, because I’m going to be in your face, bringing that pressure.

When it’s all said and done, what do you want to be remembered for?

One of the best ever, right? Isn’t that what everybody wants? I want to be the most exciting fighter. I just want to come out there and do what I do. It comes natural. I don’t try to be exciting, I just think my style is exciting. That’s what I want to be remembered for: being the best, and being the most exciting.

Follow Shane on Social:

Instagram: @hurricaneshane_

Twitter: @HurricaneShaneB

 
 

Cooking With Sensei – Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Welcome back to cooking with Sensei. Today’s episode is all about finger food – perfect for a snack, an appetizer or for entertaining guests. Today’s recipe is the perfect balance – tasty and delicious, but also healthy, simple and inviting.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo cauliflower bites are on the menu for today. These are quick & easy and will delight  your guests – vegetarian or not. In the past, Some recipes for cauliflower buffalo are heavy, they are deep fried and full of oil and just plain unhealthy. Our version of this recipe will still pack in the same flavor and maintain the vegetable’s rich nutritional value without the unhealthy mess.

First, start with the cauliflower. To prep it, de-leave it, wash it, dry it and cut into bite-size pieces. There is no rule on how large or small to cut them, it’s truthfully based on preference.


Simple & Easy Recipe

Preheat your  oven to 400°. Lay the washed, dried and cut pieces out flower side up on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.  Next spray your cauliflower with a little oil spray (Sensei Tip: use olive oil or avocado oil spray).  After sprayed, lightly dust them with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Once the cauliflower is seasoned and your oven has reached its temp, they go right into the oven for about 15 to 18 minutes until soft.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl to cool down for a few minutes. Once cooled, spoon in buffalo sauce mix until lightly coated. Transfer the cauliflower back onto your original baking sheet and place back into the oven for another 5 to 7 minutes until you see that they are lightly browned on the tips.  Keep a close eye and make sure not to overcook them.  

Easy!

Ingredients

  • fresh cauliflower head 
  • avocado or olive oil spray 
  • ½ cup buffalo wing sauce
  • ranch dressing (optional)  
  • spices: salt / pepper / garlic powder

Tools

  • pre-heated oven at 400°
  • baking sheet 
  • parchment paper 
  • large bowl 
  • platter for serving 
  • toothpicks or small serving fork 

Joshu Brandon Cuttino Receives Promotion

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Congratulations to Sensei Brandon Cuttino (TSMA East Brunswick) on his recent promotion to 2nd degree black belt! 

Brandon Cuttino's instructor promotion header image

Opening Thoughts From Sensei Garzillo

I’m very excited for this day. Someone I think has been a phenomenal Martial Artist for a long time and someone I’ve been excited to see move up in the ranks for a while. Someone I was blessed to know was part of my school for quite some time, and this individual has been a great instructor, teacher, and fighter, for our organization. He started his training way back in 1993 which is a hell of a long time ago before I was even in this organization.  Back in the East Brunswick School he had eventually received his black belt in 1997 Under Sensei Hoffman. That’s over 20 years he’s had a first degree black belt. Poor guys’ been here every single week for every class. Not only that, but he came to my school, I got to know him a little bit and I trained with him in headquarters.

Brandon’s Journey

 Brandon was looking for an opportunity to come in and actually teach. He lived really far away, drove an hour, every single day, just part time at first but eventually every single day. Talk about dedication – he’d drive an hour, teach all day, drive another hour home, on top of going to headquarters, on top of doing everything he had to do in his life.  Brandon decided that he wanted to fight. His desire to train was as strong as his dedication to teach – he trained tirelessly at HQ, and in 2010 he went for his first amateur fight and in his first fight he actually won a title. Brandon trained hard and fought hard – continuing to master grappling and training and amassed an amateur record of 11-6. In addition to instructing and fighting, Brandon moved on with different roles in the organization, and in 2016 went pro and currently fights hard with a professional record of 4-1. 

Joshu Brandon Cuttino celebrates his recent promotion

Final Words From Sensei Garzillo

 I have nothing but good things to say about him. One of the things I judge a person on is their loyalty and character, and I always think on a personal level, when I went through a very difficult time in my life, he never changed how he looked at me, never changed the way he acted towards me. And he always showed a lot of loyalty and a lot of compassion for all he does, and I’m proud to call him a student of mine, and also a friend. 

Learn more about classes at Tiger Schulmann’s East Brunswick