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Eye of the Tiger! Muscle & Fitness Magazine profiles Master Tiger Schulmann

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By Bob Guccione Jr. – Muscle & Fitness Magazine – January 2017 Edition

Master Tiger Schulmann

TIGER BEAT – Schulmann, 54, trains and stretches five days per week.

Not just the name of a school, TIGER SCHULMANN is real. And he’s been schooling the world in martial arts since he was 9 years old.

When Daniel Schulmann was 9 years old, his older brother was badly beaten by two bullies and had to crawl home with a broken leg.

The next day their father registered both boys in a Kyokushin karate school, in Spring Valley, NY. Daniel was a natural, and although  his older brother gave it up, Daniel excelled. He was awarded a black belt by the time he was 12 and perhaps more providentially, a nickname, Tiger, from his sensei, for being so ferocious. When the family moved to Quakertown, PA, Daniel had to travel more than three hours to Fairfield, CT, to train with his master, Shigeru Oyama (who’s known for successfully completing the 100-man kumite, defeating 100 consecutive black belt opponents in full-contact matches). The journey took him through New York City, where he would walk through then-seedy Times Square and watch previews of Bruce Lee movies on small screens outside cinemas playing the films.

In 1979, at just 17 and 135 pounds, he represented the USA at the World Open Karate Championships in Tokyo. He won his first fight by KO, but lost the next by decision. There were no weight classes at the tournament, and he was the youngest and lightest competitor.

In total, he fought more than 100 opponents in competition, winning most, and was the North American Mas Oyama Full-Contact Karate champion for six straight years, from 1979 to 1984, when he retired. At 22 years old, Schulmann opened the first of what has become a chain of Tiger Schulmann Martial Arts schools, and to this day, at 54, he teaches five days a week, including training all the schools’ instructors. Originally, he taught just traditional karate, but like every businessman, Schulmann realized he needed to branch out his offerings.

“After I watched the first UFC, I stopped teaching forms, weapons, wood breaking, all these things that are unnecessary,” he says. “I thought, ‘Why are we doing all these things? Why are the UFC guys winning?’ Because what they were practicing was reality, what happened in a real fight.” It transformed his thinking to train in things that actually work. “In six months, I can take a kid who’s getting bullied and make sure—by training him in real fight situations—he can have enough confidence in himself to stand up and not get bullied anymore.” He doesn’t believe in one martial art being more special than another.

“I believe it’s the person who does the art form. When you look at the overall picture of MMA, what are the best hands you can learn? It’s not kung fu, and it’s not karate, it’s boxing. When it comes to kicking, Muay Thai is the best for low kicks, to take away someone’s foundation. When it comes to high kicks, it’s a combination of karate, taekwondo. When it comes to takedowns or to prevent takedowns, I think freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman style wrestling, which is upper body only, are the best for a real street fight. When you get to the ground, it’s pretty obvious that Brazilian jiu-jitsu has to win. In Roman and Greek times, they fought to the death, and had strangleholds, like jiu-jitsu does.”

Whatever the form or activity, to achieve anything in life, Schulmann has a simple belief. “You have to have a nonquitting spirit and self discipline, which is the thing I teach the most. If martial arts is going to teach you anything it is how to be comfortable in an uncomfortable situation, and to not give up.” One such situation is being in a street fight. “You have to know what it’s like to get hit. You have instructors out there who never had a real fight. They say, ‘Just hit a guy in the groin, and he’ll go down.’ Well, in a fight, when the adrenaline is pumping, that doesn’t always happen.”


FIGHT CUB Tiger, sporting a mustache at 17, with his younger brother Ron, 15, when he first started teaching martial arts to his friends at his parents’ motel in Pennsylvania.

Instructors at Schulmann’s schools also offer guidance regarding diet and nutrition. “We have a program at Tiger Schulmann called EAT (Eat And Train) for life that was created to teach students how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and consistent training. I live that program every day of my life.“If you’re eating lousy and don’t have energy, there’s a reason. If you’re eating properly, you’re going to have all kinds of energy to train.

It’s all about nutrition.” He also trains five days per week. Each workout lasts about 75 minutes with 45 minutes of kickboxing (bag training, mitt work, and light sparring), followed by 10 sets of pushups or 45 minutes of no gi jiu-jitsu, followed by 10 sets of pullups—alternates between kickboxing and jiu-jitsu. The session ends with 15 minutes of stretching.

“The only way you’re going to get in shape is if you enjoy what you’re doing. In my schools, people enjoy going because they are learning an art, they’re perfecting it, and getting in shape.” And if you’re wondering, he never came across the bullies who beat up his brother. Lucky guys.



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Keep Your Fitness Resolution 2017

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• 47% of Americans make a resolution to lose weight
• By the second week of February, 80% give up
• 95% will fail to reach their resolution goals

Feeling hopeful about losing weight? Let us burst your bubble.

You made a resolution to lose weight and get in shape? Almost half (47%) of all Americans do. And 95% fail miserably.

Even if you diet and join a gym, there’s a 95% chance you won’t reach your New Year’s Resolution goals. Don’t believe us…look it up yourself (after you’re done reading the rest of this article and looking at our video, of course).

This year, give yourself a fighting chance.

Join Tiger Schulmann’s instead of a gym and there’s over a ten times better chance you’ll reach your fitness goals.

Fitness and cross-training experts agree, Tiger Schulmann’s is a great total body workout. Unlike a gym, you’ll want to go because it’s actually fun. In fact, we make it so much fun that you won’t even realize how hard you’re exercising. Yes, we know some people may be skeptical. We challenge anyone to try a class. No matter what shape you’re in, we guarantee you will enjoy yourself and get a great workout.

Have fun as you burn over 1,000 calories an hour and gain valuable life skills to boot. Tiger Schulmann’s keeps you interested with exciting classes, combined with personal attention and expert nutritional guidance. In just a few weeks you’ll see and feel results.

Kickboxing Classes Are Not Created Equal

Kickboxing classes taught in gyms and health clubs may be fun but the only one you might hurt with what you learn will be yourself. Improper technique can cause painful and serious injuries.


At Tiger Schulmann’s, you’ll learn kickboxing the right way so you stay injury free and see fast and effective results. Each of our schools is owned and run by dedicated Tiger Schulmann’s trained instructors, all with a minimum of 10 years of high-level training. Each instructor still trains every week with Master Daniel “Tiger” Schulmann’s in headquarters in Elmwood Park, New Jersey and brings back that knowledge to teach their students. For those that wonder if our techniques really work, Tiger Schulmann’s MMA Fight Team’s championship belts speak for themselves.

Kick Away Stress and 1,000 Calories an Hour.

If you’re looking to lose weight or get in shape, nothing else is Tiger Schulmann’s.
We have a track record like no other.

Tiger Schulmann’s has been perfecting our adult fitness programs for 30 years to keep you coming back and maximize results. Each one-hour class gives you a perfect combination of cardio, strength, and flexibility training. One, one-hour class burns between 800 and 1,200 calories. You will workout every muscle on your body…no funny looking, disproportionate gym-rat body for you. Not to mention stress relief, self-defense skills, increased focus, energy, and confidence, and a more positive outlook on life.

Sounds too good to be true? Call 1(800) 52-TIGER or complete our web offer to try a class and see for yourself.

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Tiger Schulmann’s Takes on Bullying with Free Bully Shield Event

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October is national Bully Prevention Month. At Tiger Schulmann’s we are committed to stopping bullying in its tracks.

We are pleased to announce that over 40 Tiger Schulmann’s locations are hosting a One-Day-Only, Free Bully Shield Seminar on Saturday October 15th. This free seminar is open to the public and all children, ages 7-12 are welcome to attend. Bully Shield teaches children essential bully prevention skills by identifying and dissecting the bullying stages. Children are taught about the bullying process, what to watch for, and how to act in an effective, non-violent manner.

Bully Shield is provided as a community service by Tiger Schulmann’s. This special seminar, led by each school’s head instructor, is designed to be fun, informative and interactive. Role playing between a bully and a victim demonstrates to children the proper responses to bullying attempts. Tiger Schulmann’s students who’ve overcome bullying will also be present to recite their stories, lending hope to the victims of bullying.

Recent statistics have shown that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. Bullied kids are often distracted by worries which keep them from enjoying school, learning, having fun, or joining other kids in their activities. Anxiety and depression can set in for those subject to prolonged bullying and cases involving tragic endings have been well documented in recent years.

Since 1984, Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts has helped thousands of kids quickly put an end to being bullied. Many of these bullied children have even gone on to become instructors themselves. Our commitment towards ending the epidemic that bullying has become, led us to the creation of the Bully Shield seminar. Empowering the youth with the proper identification skills and overall knowledge on the matter is a major confidence builder. And if there’s anything which stops bullying in its tracks, it’s self-confidence!

There are 46 Tiger Schulmann’s schools located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. If you know anyone who needs help, please let them know about this event. See the schedule below for seminar dates and start times. Call 800-52-tiger to reserve your spot.

Contact Information:

Keith Gehshan – Marketing Manager

Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts

485 Boulevard | Elmwood Park, NJ 07407


State/Region School Date Time
Connecticut Stamford Call for Date Call for Date
Florida Tampa Call for Date Call for Date
New Jersey – Bergen County Elmwood Park 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Bergen County Englewood 10/15/2016 1:30 PM
New Jersey – Bergen County Paramus 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New Jersey – Bergen County Ramsey 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New Jersey – Camden County Cherry Hill 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Hudson County Hoboken 10/15/2016 12:30 PM
New Jersey – Mercer County Princeton 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Middlesex County East Brunswick 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Middlesex County South Plainfield Call for Date Call for Date
New Jersey – Monmouth County Eatontown 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Monmouth County Red Bank 10/22/2016 4:00 PM
New Jersey – Morris County Morris Plains 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Ocean County Brick 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Passaic County Wayne 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New Jersey – Somerset County North Plainfield 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New York – Brooklyn Bayridge 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New York – Brooklyn Midwood 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New York – Brooklyn Williamsburg 10/15/2016 11:30 AM
New York – Long Island Garden City 10/15/2016 9:00 AM
New York – Long Island Hauppauge 10/15/2016 3:00 PM
New York – Long Island Huntington 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New York – Long Island Manhasset 10/15/2016 10:30 AM
New York – Long Island Rockville 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New York – Long Island Seaford 10/15/2016 12:30 PM
New York – Long Island Smithtown 10/15/2016 12:30 PM
New York – Long Island Syosset 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New York – Manhattan Manhattan Chelsea 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New York – Manhattan Manhattan Gramercy 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New York – Orange County New Windsor 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New York – Queens Astoria 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New York – Queens Bayside 10/15/2016 2:30 PM
New York – Queens Glendale 10/15/2016 11:30 am for Children & 1pm for kids
New York – Queens Middle Village 10/15/2016 11:30 AM
New York – Queens Rego Park 10/15/2016 & 10/16/2016 11:30 AM on the 15th and 10:00 AM on the 16th
New York – Rockland Nanuet 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
New York – Staten Island Staten Island 10/22/2016 1:30 PM
New York – Staten Island Tottenville 10/22/2016 11:30 AM
New York – Westchester Mount Kisco 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
New York – Westchester Yonkers 10/15/2016 12:00 PM
Pennslyvania Abington Call for Date Call for Date
Pennslyvania Allentown 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
Pennslyvania Bethlehem 10/15/2016 12:30 PM
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Pennslyvania Feasterville 10/15/2016 1:00 PM
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In Her Own Words, Sensei Munah Holland’s Response to Parkland School Shooting

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Current Parkland resident and long time Tiger Schulmann’s officer – Mike Sachs:

“I fear that kids are becoming desensitized to these acts because they have access to so much. The biggest take away for us as a Martial Arts organization is that all of the signs were there. Senator Marco Rubio said this morning that it was a almost a joke that this kid would some day come back and get revenge. The more kids we get in our program the more kids we can rescue from getting to this point. He was a kid who had issues and I am sure he was bullied. He lost his dad and his step mom and was living with a foster family. We can help by having kids training and building there confidence so they don’t go down this horrible path. Something has to change and we can make a difference in their lives. I try to explain the good to my kids in every tragedy although very hard in this situation they need to appreciate their family and friends and treat everyone with kindness because you just don’t know if that will be the last time you see them. Let’s make a difference.”

In response to the horrific events that took place in parkland, Sensei Munah Holland:

“This is why I absolutely am grateful for what we do at our schools! We honestly truly and deeply care for our students and their families well-being and happiness. There is no greater, happier, fuller, warmer feeling than changing a child’s mindset from sad to happy, from depressed to excited, from being a victim of bullying to being a proud and confident human being who treats others with respect but doesn’t allow anyone to beat him/her down. We make an enormous positive difference every day, it is NOT A LITTLE thing that we do, it is a POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, and incredibly empowering impact that we have on all of our students. I just had two parents today thank us for “saving” their children from depression that they were dealing with from bullying at school. Both children have stood up to their bullies after only training with us for 3 months, didn’t have to even throw a single punch or kick, but were able to verbally and confidently express themselves and back their bullies off. Both children go to school happy every day now, other kids have more respect for them and they told me they feel like “life is good again” (their words not mine).

I know in my youth that none of my coaches in my sports or teachers at school ever had an ounce of the compassion and concern we have for our students. That’s why I came to Tiger Schulmann’s myself, to find a place that felt like people actually gave a damn! Where people truly cared where you were in your life, how you were doing, helping you succeed and asking why you didn’t show up when you got lazy or complacent.

I left a lucrative career behind me years ago, one that made me lots of money, but I felt hollow and I knew I couldn’t make a difference there. Ever since coming to Tiger Schulmann’s, as a student and then as an employee, my life has been incredibly FULL of laughter, joy, happiness, support, encouragement, and success! I have never, ever, regretted my decision!”


Sensei Holland
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Tiger Schulmann’s in Chelsea, NYC Hosts Happy Hearts Fund Kickboxing Fundraiser

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NEW YORK, New York (September 24, 2015) – Sensei Lyman Good, instructor at Tiger Schulmann’s in Chelsea, NYC, teamed up with Shihan Ron Schulmann and Happy Hearts Fund’s Petra Nemcova for a kickboxing fundraiser to raise money for schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. The event, which took place on Monday, September 21, 2015, was a huge success.

“We were very pleased with the outcome of this month’s fundraiser,” said Keith Gehshan, Marketing Manager for Tiger Schulmann’s. “As an organization that strives to connect with the community in addition to providing top-of-the-line martial arts instruction, we feel very strongly about the Happy Hearts Fund’s goals and are very grateful to be able to help with their efforts.”

Good, who recently won his debut fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), instructed participants on kickboxing moves and best practices. Everyone trained hard; Nemcova showed off her kicks, and actor Gary Wilmes, a student at Tiger Schulmann’s in Chelsea, NYC, also got involved.

“We’d like to thank Tiger Schulmann’s for its outstanding dedication to children and education through Happy Hearts Fund, and we’re excited about our ongoing collaboration,” said Ellie Libby-Manko, Director of Development for Happy Hearts Fund.“It truly was a special day for us all.”

The kickboxing fundraiser was just one in a series of charity events organized by Happy Hearts Fund and Tiger Schulmann’s. In June 2015, the two organizations collaborated on “Fight for Education,” in which students from Tiger Schulmann’s in Syosset, NY fought with Sensei Nick Gravina and Joshu Jobin George in the corners. The event raised over $900 thousand dollars to rebuild schools in Nepal with the rebuilding of the first four schools to start this October. It costs as little as $70,000 to rebuild a school, which doubles as emergency shelter for the village.

“It’s a great collaboration. Both Happy Hearts Fund and Tiger Schulmann are dedicated to helping children either through rebuilding sustainable schools or teaching self defense and self discipline,” said Tina Lindstrom, a “Fight for Education” committee member. “I’ve seen how Happy Hearts Fund has helped children and how Tiger Schulmann has helped my own 8 and 5-year-old children.” There will be a second “Fight for Education” in May 2016. Tiger Schulmann’s hopes to once again help Happy Hearts Fund raise funds and rebuild schools. Continue to visit and for more details.

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The Scary Truth About Obesity in the U.S.

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Obesity is a growing threat to the health and wellness of America. According to the C.D.C. 34.9% of the people in the United States are Obese, which makes it equivalent to 78 MILLION people! Obesity is a terrible disease that wreaks havoc on the body. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and multiple other complications can arise from being obese. Finally, however, the country is taking notice and healthy living has become an initiative from the grass roots of social media all the way to the White House.

Obesity by the Numbers

Would you believe that 1 in 6 children in America are obese? 17% of children ages 2 to 19 are not just merely overweight, but obese! Obesity for adults is considered anything above 30 on the BMI (body mass index) scale. While the BMI scale can sometimes be misleading, as body builders test high on the BMI scale, 30 is a very high number and you can visually notice the extra body mass.

The Harvard School of Public Health reported those who are merely overweight have a 31% higher risk of coronary disease and those with obesity are at 81%! It is estimated that 300,000 people die each year due to complications linked to obesity. That would be the same as a small city being wiped out completely at once. On average those with obesity pay $1,429 more in medical bills than a person of healthy weight.

How did we become an obese nation?

The answer is simple. Take a long hard look at what you eat. In America, we are a country of excess. Our foods are loaded with hidden sugars, fats, and chemicals that on first glance seem harmless and in moderation are not that harmful. However, when eaten in excess and across multiple meals or snacks they can attribute to weight gain and medical problems. The biggest culprit is evident in that Americans consume 22 to 30 teaspoons of added sugar to their food. Half of those teaspoons are coming from sugary drinks and sodas.

How can Tiger Schulmann’s help?

Don’t let yourself become another statistic, another number amongst many other unfortunates. There are many other workouts out there but nothing else is Tiger Schulmann’s. At any location your instructor is your mentor, your guide and your personal trainer. They are there to help you along your path to become healthy, and to push you to make sure you achieve those goals.

Kickboxing is an intense workout where you can burn up to 800 calories in a single class. It is a multi-faceted workout in which you can tone your muscles, increase your strength, become more flexible, burn fat and the greatest added benefit of all, learning a life skill of self defense. That’s right, Tiger Schulmann’s is a very practical form of self defense. So not only do you get the confidence from a better body, you gain the confidence of knowing how to defend yourself.

This January, Tiger Schulmann’s will be hosting again its 90 Day Challenge where you can not only get in the best shape of your life, but also win prizes. Last Year, we had 12 grand prize winners and gave away a total of $20,000 worth of prizes. Our nutrition plan is a practical way to lead a healthy life so that once the 90 Day Challenge is over, you can continue your healthy lifestyle. Ask your local instructor for details.

View this infographic on some staggering statistics about obesity from Top Medical Assisting Programs

Americas Obesity Problem

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Trio Honored with Belt and Rank Promotions

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It was a very special day of martial arts promotions at Tiger Schulmann’s HQ with a trio of head instructors being honored. Sensei Nick Gravina (TSMMA Syosset) earned his 6th degree black belt and was promoted to the rank of Shihan. Shihan Gravina has been training in Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts for 30 years, instructing for 20 years, making countless contributions to the Tiger Schulmann’s organization during this time. Promoted to 5th black belt was Joseph Curran, a man who defines non-quitting spirit. The final promotion of the the day went to Jobin George (TSMMA Rockville) who earned the rank of Sensei. Following Tuesday Training, Shihan Tiger Schulmann, along with brother Shihan Ron Schulmann honored the trio of instructors. Congratulations to Shihan Gravina and Sensei’s Curran and George.

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Congratulations to our New Black Belts – 11/08/2015 – Elmwood Park, NJ

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Black Belts – 011/08/2015 – Elmwood Park, NJ




Jr Black Belt 15 y/o & under

School Last Name First Name Degree

ASTORIA Mirabella Sophia 1ST
BAY RIDGE Cruz Pedro 1ST
BAY RIDGE Cuautle Jessica 1ST
BAY RIDGE Rios Giovanni 1ST
BRICK Dippolito Julian 1ST
CHALFONT Moskowitz Jack 1ST
GRAMERCY Diaco Devon 1ST
MANHASSET Sheinman Dean 1ST
STAMFORD Yap Samantha 1ST

Black Belt 16 y/o & up

School Last Name First Name Degree

BAY RIDGE Tennyson Colin 1ST
BETHLEHEM McNamee Lawrance 1ST
BRICK Franceschini Erika 1ST
CHELSEA Vides Juan 1ST

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Shihan Ron Schulmann Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt

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10/27/15 – Elmwood Park, NJ

The final promotion today at Tiger Schulmann’s HQ went to the long time pioneer and right hand man of the Tiger Schulmann’s Organization, Shihan Ron Schulmann. Shihan Ron Schulmann was honored by his brother Shihan Tiger Schulmann with his 8th degree black belt, earning the title of Grand Master. An amazing achievement for Ron Schulmann, who is recognized for his contributions to the Tiger Schulmann Organization and the martial arts community for over 30 years.