I dramatically change people’s lives. I’m only 5’3” tall. By my appearance, I’m an easy target for insecure people who are bigger than me. If they tried anything, they will be in for quite a surprise! With kids, I build their confidence.
Hoboken, New Jersey (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
On Saturday, March 8th, local martial arts instructor, Louis Gaudinot achieved his 7th professional victory on the largest stage in the world for combat sports, the UFC. Within 1 minute and 15 seconds, Gaudinot submitted Phil Harris of England by a guillotine choke on Harris’ home turf.
With his signature green hair visible from any distance, it’s common to find Louis Gaudinot, martial arts professional, walking the streets of Hoboken with his daughter Ariana. For the 29-year-old Gaudinot, it’s common to be stopped by his fans for a friendly chat or to have their photo taken with one of the most flamboyant fighters in the UFC.
The Tiger Schulmann’s Hoboken location opened in 2011, with Gaudinot at the helm. Martial arts and its transformative powers has been his lifelong passion… a passion he lives every day as he passes down its valuable lessons to the Hoboken community.
Getting into the UFC means you are one of the best fighters on the planet. In 2011, the 5’3 Gaudinot was invited into the flyweight division of this exclusive club and is ranked 11th in the world. His latest success, proved again, the authenticity and devastating effectiveness of the style Gaudinot trained in since age 6.
What does it mean for the city of Hoboken to have this celebrated martial arts master in its midst?
“I dramatically change people’s lives. I’m only 5’3” tall. By my appearance, I’m an easy target for insecure people who are bigger than me. If they tried anything, they will be in for quite a surprise! With kids, I build their confidence the same way mine was built. They have the confidence to be who they are, to not be timid and not be intimidated. With adults, I help them get in amazing shape and overcome weight and health challenges. I also help improve confidence levels in adults because they feel safer walking the streets, knowing that they can defend themselves should the need ever arise. It’s my goal to contribute a vast improvement to the health and safety of the community.”
Gaudinot also reflects on one of his most memorable moments, “Just after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army was patrolling the streets. Some of the soldiers recognized me from watching the UFC. ‘Hey! It’s Louis Gaudinot! Can we have our picture taken with you?’ I have so much respect for the military, because they serve to protect us. I told them, actually, it’s my honor to have my photo taken with you! I was very flattered and humbled by the experience.”
Hoboken is certainly a safer place with Sensei Gaudinot’s Tiger Schulmann’s on Washington Avenue in its midst. And, if you see the always-smiling Louis walking the streets, in one of the local businesses, or in his kickboxing/MMA gym, feel free to say, “Hi,” and have your picture taken.