Running for Life

Tiger Schulmann's Smithtown 5k

  To commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the opening of Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts Smithtown, owner Sensei James Leonelli and a group of his students and staff participated in the “5k to End Addiction” which sponsors a charity called Hope House Ministries. Hope House is leading the fight against addiction on Long Island, NY.  “I […]

I get to decide who I want to be

Women in kickboxing pose

  Watch Jaclyn’s inspirational story When Life Gets Better by filmmaker Sam Rivera.  Tiger Schulmann’s student, Jaclyn, shares her story of how kickboxing training helped her fight severe mood disorder. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, I want you to know that you are not alone.  I’ve been there. I know how you feel.  […]

Fight With Heart

Man standing in front of a city

A heart transplant recipient Joe Curran decided to defy the odds and win his high-powered and active life back. This is his story.  The day when everything changed At the age of twenty-five, my life completely changed.  I was leaving Tiger Schulmann’s children’s headquarters when I started to feel sick.  I thought it was just […]

Beyond The Mat – Instructor Munah Holland

Sensei Munah Holland posing with fists up

An Interview with Sensei Munah Holland How has martial arts become an integral part of your overall health? I lost 50 pounds the first year and half of training; the training helped me to keep disease at bay and gave me a tremendous amount of energy. Autoimmune diseases run in my family, my sister has […]

Beyond The Mat – Instructor James Simpson

Instructor James Simpson in a Tigger Schulmann's gym

An Interview with Shihan James Simpson How has martial arts become an integral part of your overall health? I’m 56 years old and still in great shape, physically and mentally! I rarely get sick and I attribute that to working out at Tiger Schulmann’s, combined with proper nutrition. Have you competed in martial arts competition? […]

Beyond The Mat – Instructor Chris Iavarone

Instructor Chris Iavarone in a Tigger Schulmann's gym

Sensei Chris Iavarone’s Thoughts On Being An Instructor What separates Tiger Schulmann’s training from other types of gyms? There are many things that separate Tiger Schulmann’s from other types of gyms and the biggest one is atmosphere.  From the minute someone walks through the door, they are greeted as if they’re already family. There are […]

Sensei Julio Arce Receives Promotion

Sensei Julio Arce Promotion at Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts gym

Congratulations to Sensei Julio Arce (TSMA Bayside) on his recent promotion to 3rd degree black belt!  Opening Words From Shihan Bryan Gotthoffer Sensei Julio Arce is more than an instructor. He’s a professional athlete in the ring, a student on the mat, a training partner, but more importantly he’s a good person. Scratch that. He’s one […]

Joshu Danny Ramirez Promoted To Sensei

Sensei Danny Ramirez Promotion at Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts gym

Congratulations to Joshu Danny Ramirez (TSMA Yonkers) on his recent promotion to Sensei!  Opening Thoughts From Shihan Tirelli Observing the evolution from student to sensei is a very special experience. When Danny came to the school, he was a tough kid from good family in a not-so-nice neighborhood. As a student, he was meticulous, hard working […]