Shy, insecure, lacking confidence and self-conscious is the best way to describe where my journey at Tiger Schulmann’s MMA began. I always enjoyed working out, but felt that the gym was never enjoyable, never truly felt comfortable in any gym. For the longest time, I put everything else and everyone else before myself. It brought me into a downward spiral, where I thought I would never get out of it.
As time passed, I realized I had to do something to get myself back on track, both physically and mentally. I went against what my mind was telling me and decided to try a core class at TSK-Bay Ridge. Having taken various kickboxing classes in other schools, I had a slight experience in kickboxing, which made me feel a little better. Like all new things in life, I was nervous and anxious to find out what TSK was all about.
After completing my first class, I feel in love with training and knew that this is what I had been looking for. It was completely different from any other kickboxing class I have ever taken. I was and continue to be taught proper techniques for aIl my kicks and punches as well as overall strength training and conditioning. I had such a positive and rewarding experience from day one. I immediately felt part of the TSK family and the strangest part was that I had just met them! I knew from that day forward my life would change drastically…for the better!
Starting out twice a week wasn’t completely fulfilling my love and passion this had turned into. Going into unlimited and starting to grapple and kickbox after 2 months was such an amazing accomplishment for me! I was beginning to smile more, feel my confidence increase and walk with my head high knowing I could defend myself. My punches were getting stronger, my kicks were becoming more powerful but most importantly, my attitude and energy were positive! I quickly realized that this had become my life and my new lifestyle! Not just training, but realizing my desire to fight in the ring was growing each time I trained. School teacher by day, fighter by night!
It’s only been 6 months since I walked into TSK-Bay Ridge as a shy person. Today, I walk around the happiest person who has gained an incredible amount of MMA knowledge, self-confidence, respect and self-discipline. As the days go by, not only am I noticing all the physical benefits of training, but the mental as well. Challenging myself each time I train to become a better fighter has not only motivated me but has begun to motivate those around me as well. Learning self -discipline. self-confidence and non quitting spirit are important life lessons that I value and pass on to my 5th grade students on a daily basis!
Sensei Levy, Joshu Pace, Joshu Serio, Tyrone and Rashaad continue to push me in my training to one day becoming a fighter. Until then, I will continue to train 120% every time I step on the mat, motivate others and continue to dedicate myself to my new love – TSK! I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason…there was a reason I took that first class and am where I am with my training today! Remember…all things rewarding in life come with hard work, never give up and continue to strive towards your goals… just like I am thanks to TSK! OSU!