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Cooking With Sensei – Swordfish

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Cooking With Sensei – SwordfishIts 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.
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Joshu Mike Trizano Promoted To Sensei

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Congratulations to Mike Trizano for earning his promotion to Sensei! 

Mike’s StartMike’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.

Mike’s Start

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.

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Cooking With Sensei – Veggie Kabobs

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Cooking With Sensei – Veggie Kabobs

How To Make Veggie Kabobs

Summer time is always a great time to get out and grill something. Today we are going to keep it light with veggie kabobs. In order to live a healthy lifestyle we must take into consideration the food we eat. Try to keep in mind having a low fat low sugar diet and try all kinds of foods with lots of color. As a kid I remember my plate always having a vegetable along side whatever was for dinner. If you arent big on eating them start now with these grilled ones and you will love it.

Most vegetables are low in fat and are low in calories. They are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber,folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The benefits of eating healthy go beyond what most people even know. Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure, help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Super easy and without too much effort go to local super market and pick up some produce.

Ingredients & Directions

Start with some green, yellow,red, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, and squash. You can use either metal or wooden skewers To grill them with. Next rise and cut them into 1 inch pieces. Then start making your kabobs. While you’re preparing everything remember to turn on your BBQ. Lastly, brush them with grape seed oil (which has a higher smoke point, sprinkle with salt pepper and leave them on the grill for about 10-12 minutes turning to get all sides charred a little.

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Nissim Levy & Lyman Good Promoted To 3rd-Degree Sensei

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Congratulations to Sensei Levy & Good on earning their promotion! 

Nissim Levy and Lyman Good posing with Shihan ShulmannnThe Story of Nissam

Nissim Levy was a kid on the wrong path. He would get into fights at school, small trouble in the neighborhood  and his future wasn’t looking good. His reputation preceded him. He was a tough kid, but a good kid; everyone who knew him loved him. When he came into the gym for the first time, it was clear that he was a natural. He listened, he learned and most importantly he brought his own method for things, but they worked for him.

After a few years of training, Nissim made a decision to enter the Daily News Golden Gloves with little to no experience in boxing. It was his first major amateur fight and he made it all the way to the finals under the lights in Madison Square Garden losing a very close decision and finishing with the Silver Gloves.

Lyman Good recieving his 3rd degree sensei promotion

Lyman’s Story

Lyman Good joined Tiger Schulmann’s the same year Nissim did. He was a 19 year old skinny kid who walked in the first day to a trial class that his Mom bought him for his birthday. Coincidentally he was paired up with Nissim and the two became fast friends. Through Nissim’s training and Lyman’s hard work it was only a matter of time before Lyman ascending from student to helper to instructor. He was strongly built, a natural fighter; disciplined, strong and tough.

Lyman won his first few professional MMA fights and then entered the Bellator world championship tournament and became the first Bellator Welterweight World Champion. Today Lyman continues to grow as a teacher and as a fighter. He continues to pursue his dream of becoming a UFC Champion

Lyman and Nissim Together

Lyman and Nissim are the ‘watchdogs’ of the Manhattan school. There are plenty of stories from their humble beginnings training together to their amazing accomplishments both on the mat and inside the ring. They are loyal to a fault; and have turned from young teenagers to strong, respectful honorable men. Congratulations

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Matt Castillo Earns Sensei Promotion

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Congratulations to Matt Castillo on his promotion to Sensei! 

Sensei’s Beginning

Matt is a great example of growth within the Tiger Schulmann’s family. He originally came in to spar on weekends,  with little boxing experience and quickly saw that TSMA was a perfect fit for him. 

At one point he in his life he was dealing with a lot of  adversity, both personally and with his family. He felt he should be farther along in his  career path as for someone his age. He continued his training but left to work in automotive finance, but quickly saw what working in a different environment was like and realized TSMA was his calling so he came back  and threw himself into it 100%.

Sensei Matt Castillo receiving promotion from Tiger Schulmann at Tiger Schulmann's Bayside location.

The Path To Sensei

Matt is extremely personable and well liked throughout the organization. We all know Matt to be a tough and talented martial artist. Throughout his journey from student to school owner he always kept up with his training, despite many injuries. He served as one of Lyman’s partners helping him get ready for his fights and his test for black belt was long and difficult but he rose to the occasion.

Matt has created an amazing environment in his school. The school is disciplined, professional, well organized and above all like a family. His students rave about him. He has begun to turn out some very dedicated and talented students who he is mentoring to be instructors and competitors. His school has been very successful in the COC placing in his schools division in the team competition in the last tournament and producing a winner in the last 90 day challenge.

Taking Over Huntington

When he first took over our Huntington school it was quite a struggle and there were times when he was doubtful and worried about the future, believe me we had many long conversations about the path he was on, but he never let those negative thoughts hold him back.  Matt epitomizes the non quitting spirit and provides an excellent example for us all of what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication.

A sensei is a teacher, role model, mentor, guru and leader by example. Matt is all of those things and more. He truly deserves the title.  

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Fight Like a Girl – A Short Film by Jillian Rivera

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“Fight Like a Girl” is a short 5-minute documentary about how several women in the organization use martial arts as a form of empowerment and as an escape from sexual assault.

These women include Sensei Munah Holland (TSMA North Plainfield), Nicole Tuminski (TSMA Englewood), Naima El Jaouhari (TSMA Chelsea), Lauren Fish (TSMA New Windsor), Sophia Mirabella (TSMA Chelsea), Kim Ansaldo (TSMA Chelsea), Danielle Harrington (TSMA Princeton), and the director herself, Jillian “Grizzly” Rivera (TSMA Yonkers).

In the film, the women discuss why they chose martial arts, and how it has helped them in life. They disclose personal experiences with sexual assault and abuse, and how they encourage women everywhere to take action and stand up for themselves with martial arts.

A little foreward from the Director, Jillian Rivera

I chose to make this film because as I am getting older and becoming more aware of the world, I am noticing that how no matter how much you hope and pray, not everyone will be treated equally. And we cannot control the way other people want to treat us. However, we can control how we react to those people, how we feel about ourselves, and how we demand to be treated with respect.

Throughout my years of training in this organization, I have met so many hardworking and confident women who I look up to. I wanted to talk to them personally (and with a camera, no big deal) about their own life experiences with sexual assault, and how they deal with it, since it is a topic that has had a lot of attention, lately.

I learned so many things about these women that I had never known. Coming from different backgrounds, they all had different stories, but the one thing that they all had in common was that they have experienced harassment, discrimination, assault, and/or abuse because of their gender.

Once they all started training at Tiger Schulmann’s, they felt liberated and confident knowing that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to defend themselves.

When “Fight Like a Girl” was screened at my school, Fordham University, all I could think was, “Who knows how many people in this very room are going through the same exact thing right now?” I got goosebumps. This is why I wanted to create this film. I wanted to let those people know that they are not alone.

I want to help put an end to the battle of the sexes, and will fight for the equality of all genders, races, religions, etc. I created this film for women everywhere. I want every woman and young girl to see this film and feel empowered, knowing that they have the ability to fight back and stand up for themselves. No more feeling like a victim or a potential victim. It’s time to take action.

Who is the Jillian Rivera?

Jillian “Grizzly” Rivera started Tiger Schulmann’s at five years old, because her parents wanted her to learn how to defend herself. They knew that being a female in today’s society was risky, and that she would eventually be a target for assault and discrimination. She worked her way up in the ranks, and excelled quickly in the sport. Not only did she excel in martial arts, but she also excelled in her schoolwork, piano lessons, and other sports.

With her experience in martial arts, Jillian has developed the confidence to try new things, and the self-discipline to not quit when things get difficult. Martial arts taught her to be a perfectionist, and to always try her best. She is now a 1st degree black belt, and an amateur fighter with a record of 1-0.

‘Grizzly’ got her nickname from Shihan Tirelli in Yonkers, because she is a very soft-spoken and polite young lady, but once she gets on the mat to fight, she’ll maul you like a Grizzly bear.

Jillian will be stepping  out of her comfort zone of being barefoot and sweaty on the mat, and on May 11, she will be competing for the title of Miss Teen New York Earth USA at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

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Cooking with Sensei – Black Bean Burger

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Are you looking for a change up on the usually beef or turkey burger? Try this awesomely simple black bean burger! This burger will supply enough protein and satiate you the same as a burger made the traditional way.

I love this burger and I don’t even need the bread bun because it would just add extra carbs, instead I used Boston lettuce as the Bun..


1 1/3 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats) (use certified gluten-free oats to assure that the burgers are gluten-free)
16 ounces black beans (1 can, well drained)
3/4 cup salsa low sodium
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional)
1 1/4 teaspoons mild chili powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder (more or less, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen and thawed) optional


  1. Place the oats in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and pulse 5 or 6 times until they are partially chopped (some will be powder, some will be whole.) Add all ingredients except the corn and pulse until most of the beans are blended.
  2. Pour bean mixture into a bowl and stir in the corn. Cover and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form bean mixture into six patties. Bake for 20-30 minutes, being careful not to overcook and dry them out. They’re done when the outside is beginning to get crispy and they hold together well.
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Cooking With Sensei – Zucchini Burrito Boats

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Get ready for a flavor packed burrito without all the extra carbs. This recipe combines a meatless option that is protein packed. Zucchini makes a very creative vessel for a variety of different stuffings. We choose a colorful mix of black beans, peppers, fresh herbs and spices that will make your mouth water.

In under an hour you can prepare this mean and get plenty of yield. This is an ideal option for an evening mean if you want to forgo on carbs. You can easily try this with turkey, chicken or beef.


4 large zucchini
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup salsa (use your preferred level of spiciness)
1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 cup corn kernels
1 jalapeno (or poblano pepper), cored and diced
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
salt to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese


  • Start by greasing a 9 x 13” casserole dish then set aside. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller or metal teaspoon, hollow out the center of each zucchini. Lightly brush the tops with one teaspoon of olive oil then place them skin side down in the casserole dish.
  • Next warm the tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and the peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the rice, corn, and beans along with the salsa, chili powder and cumin. Stir everything together and continue to cook for about 5 minutes then remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and then stir in 1/4 cup of the cilantro and salt to taste to the filling. Spoon the filling inside of each zucchini until they are all full. Sprinkle each one with cheese then arrange them in the dish and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes then remove the foil and set the oven to broil. Cook them for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  • Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes then top with fresh cilantro and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Cooking With Sensei – Turkey and Vegetarian Chili

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Today we cooked up something are are going to love Chili and who doesn’t want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Here’s a recipe that you can put your own spin on. I was blown away with how easy it was to make and it was so delicious. from the texture to the little kick you get will keep you coming back for more.

One batch of this stuff will either feed a family of four or keep you good for a few days. Very few recipes I come across have it all, the ratio of protein to carbohydrates is amazing giving you what you need. Try this tonight and you will good, remember what they say “Don’t eat till your full but when your satisfied”.

Lean Turkey Chili



1 tbsp. canola oil

1 large Spanish onion, diced

1 cup of diced mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1 15-oz. can no-salt added black beans, rinsed

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 15-oz. can stewed tomatoes

1 c. water (or low-sodium chicken broth)

1/4 jalapeño, minced (avoid adding seeds)

1/2 c. fresh cilantro, minced

2 tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 tsp. kosher salt




For Vegetarian Chili remove the ground turkey and replace with 2 additional bean sources such as Red Kidney and Cannellini. This will replace your protein source in the recipe. This recipe is incredibly flexible. Feel free to add additional veggies such as red bell pepper or even zucchini.


1 tbsp. low-fat Greek yogurt

Diced green onions

2 tbsp. shredded cheddar




In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion until tender and translucent to golden, 8 minutes. Add mushroom, garlic and jalapeño and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes more. Remove from stockpot.
Add lean ground turkey to stockpot and cook, stirring, until cooked through and golden, 5 to 7 minutes.
Return onion, mushroom and garlic to stock-pot with browned ground turkey.
Add black beans and canned tomatoes, stirring to combine, then add water or broth.
Add cilantro, kosher salt, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.
Increase heat to a simmer and let cook, 25 minutes.
Serve in bowls and garnish with green onions and cheddar. * If using for meal prep, see suggestion to cool and store appropriately.


MEAL PREP SUGGESTION: If making this recipe for meal prep, let cool for 10-15 minutes off stove top and separate into 1/2. Refrigerate 1/2 and freeze 1/2 for either the second 1/2 of the week or for the following week.


PREP: 0:20



SERVINGS: 8 – 10

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Cooking with Sensei – Tofu Nuggets

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Looking for a snack or maybe a kids meal change up? You should try Tofu Nuggets! All we’re doing is coating the tofu in a simple breading of cornmeal and seasonings, and then baking it. Baking makes this recipe much healthier than frying it and it will come out like a chicken nugget. The end result is a crispy coating around a dense but moist nugget of tofu. The whole recipe only has 5 ingredients tofu, cornmeal, nutritional yeast, soy milk, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.

For those of you who have never tried tofu, you are going love this nugget. I think it will appeal to everyone not only non meat eaters. The texture is crisp with a hint of seasoning. Tofu is good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.

Just follow these super easy steps:

Preheat oven to 375º F

Step 1:
Cut the extra firm tofu into little squares (any size between 1-2 inches wide) and approximately 1/4 inch thick. Then press them between paper towels to remove as much internal moisture as possible.

Step 2:
Pour a bit of soy milk into a bowl. In another bowl, mix the cornmeal with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt (the exact measurements aren’t important, adjust to taste). Then, simply dip each square of tofu into the soy milk and then into the cornmeal mixture until completely coated. Transfer each slice onto a lightly-oiled baking sheet.

Step 3:
Bake at 375º F for about 20 minutes on one side, then flip each square and cook for another 15 minutes or so. Allow to cool before serving with your favorite sauce.