Tiger Schulmann

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Tiger Schulmann
BornDaniel Schulmann
1962 (age 56–57)
New York City, United States
Other namesTiger
StyleKyokushin karate
TeamTiger Schulmann's Martial Arts

Daniel "Tiger" Schulmann (born 1962) is an American Kyokushin karateka and mixed martial arts trainer.[1]


Schulmann began training in the martial arts in kyokushin karate at the age of 6 in New York City. He trained and competed throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and internationally in Japan and Israel. As an adult, he has trained in grappling, boxing, kickboxing, and other martial arts disciplines.

After completing his career as a fighter, he opened his first training center in 1984, known as United American Karate, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Over time the name of his style changed first to Tiger Schulmann's Karate (TSK) and then Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts (TSMA).

Professional career[edit]

Schulmann was the North American Mas Oyama Full-Contact Karate Champion for six consecutive years (1979–1984).[1] In 1979, he was also the United States representative in the World Open Full-Contact Karate Championships in Tokyo. He was the youngest and lightest fighter, and one of only eight fighters chosen nationwide. Schulmann was inducted into the North American Grappling Association Hall of Fame as a founding member in 2005.

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts[edit]

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts (formerly known as Tiger Schulmann's Karate)[2] has over 52 schools in five states.

At TSMA, students are taught self-defense, including submission grappling (jujitsu), and a hybrid style of kyokushin and kickboxing.[3] Some TSMA students have competed in national MMA-style events such as the Bellator Championships and the UFC.[4]

The company is headquartered in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.


  1. ^ a b "Black Belt". Books.google.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Schneiderman, R. M. (May 22, 2009). "Contender Shores Up Karate's Reputation Among U.F.C. Fans". New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts". Books.google.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "MMA WORLD EXPO - Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts". Mmaworldexpo.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.

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