Jun 292013

Dutchess County Martial Arts: Precision MMA Throws Opponents Off-Guard with Numerous Striking Attacks


Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley Martial arts

By Jamey Bazes


Dutchess County, New York has a multitude of Martial Arts’ schools.  However, for the most part they are fairly “cookie-cutter” in their approach and do not teach a wide variety of striking techniques.  “Striking” is a general term for attacks such as punches, kicks, knees and elbows which forcefully impact an opponent.  Precision MMA in Dutchess County teaches a wide array of strikes which often catch our opponent’s off-guard in competition, leaving our students victorious.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County New York teaches both Boxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing as its core striking arts.  However, the assortment of strikes which our opponents see coming at them would probably lead them to assume that we teach many other styles such as Karate, Taekwondo and even Capoeira.  The reality is that they would be correct, because our Muay Thai classes in particular, taught by 7-0 AKBF Muay Thai Champion Karl Nemeth, include strikes from so many different styles that it is very hard to pin down our method of striking to any one specific approach.  For a striker to be successful in competition he must never be predictable, otherwise his opponent will see his attacks coming and avoid them.  Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County is quite unorthodox in its arsenal, much to the frustration of anyone who decides to get into the ring with our fighters.  When it comes to kicking, many styles of kickboxing and other martial arts teach mainly front kicks and roundhouse kicks.  Fighters from these schools are usually unprepared to defend themselves against kicks coming from more unusual angles and many of these are taught by our head Muay Thai instructor Karl Nemeth in his classes.

Dutchess County Martial arts

Dutchess County Martial arts

One type of kick we teach which would throw many more conventional martial artists off guard is the spinning hook kick.  This kick has recently been used very successfully in the Ultimate Fighting Championship by both former Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos in knocking out veteran Mark Hunt and Vitor Belfort in knocking out former Strikeforce MW champion Luke Rockhold.  It was also used effectively on the last season of “The Ultimate Fighter” by Uriah Hall.  Even despite this kick’s recent success, due to its nature as a high velocity spinning strike and the numerous set ups we show for it, it is still rarely seen coming by our competition.  To perform this kick properly the practitioner must step his front foot out so that it is positioned at about a fifteen degree angle from the back foot.  This is quite a misleading stance because it momentarily exposes the student’s back to attack, as well as the back of his front leg for a leg kick.  However, this deception is exactly what makes this kick so deadly.  Done quickly and without hesitation, the back leg is then spun behind the kicker and as he turns around to face his opponent he lands the heel of his back foot directly on the jaw of the opponent.  The amount of force which can be generated by this kick is tremendous, as can be seen from the fact that all the aforementioned examples in the UFC have led to devastating knockouts.  And yet, most martial arts schools neglect this kick entirely.  Another unorthodox kick that we teach is the “question-mark kick”.  This kick is often used in styles of Karate and Taekwondo but throws many conventional Muay Thai fighters off guard.  It can be done with either the lead or back leg and consists of a starting motion where the kickers’ leg comes forward as if to throw a low front kick.  However, the kick changes direction at the last moment and lands at slightly downward angles across the opponents’ face.  This misdirection leads the opponent to drop his hands, expecting a kick to the body or legs, which results in his leaving himself open for the head kick.  We have had success with this kick in many Dutchess County Kickboxing fights and our opponents rarely see it coming.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County also teaches many other sorts of strikes such elbows, knees and many different types of punches.  We show how knees can be used while in the clinch for great effect, as well as from a further distance, and we even show flying knee attacks which most opponents do not see coming.  We show a variety of elbow techniques coming from sideways, diagonal and other angles, and finally, even the punching techniques taught in our boxing classes are often not seen in your typical boxing match.  One of these is a “side fist” taught by one of our boxing coaches and experienced AKBF competitors John Joy.  It is thrown instead of a jab with the fist held with the thumb pointed towards the ceiling in a sideways’ fashion.  This provides the attack with a more narrow surface area which allows it to slip between the opponent’s guard most easily to connect with his head.  We also focus a good deal on lead hand upper cuts and “long hooks” which have less of an arc than the conventional boxing hook.  These techniques have also helped our boxers and kickboxers to have significant success in the ring because they are not usually taught by schools in the Dutchess County area and catch our opponents by surprise.

It’s the strike that you don’t see coming which hurts you.  This adage rings true in Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing and Boxing, and it is just one of many reasons why Precision MMA in Dutchess County produces effective strikers.  Our students always have a full toolbox and our instructors are always adding more weapons to their arsenal to teach in our classes.  Come strike with us for a free 30 days trial and feel empowered.

Get your Dutchess County Martial Arts at Precision MMA call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com to get started

Jun 252013
martial arts varied

Hudson Valley Martial Arts

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley area of New York is an all-around Mixed Martial Arts’ school. Many dojos advertise themselves this way but few actually follow through with their claims of offering top notch instruction in more than one style. One popular type of dojo which has popped up in recent years is the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school which falsely claims to teach mixed martial arts. This phenomenon started after the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. When Royce Gracie and other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experts found they could have great success in Mixed Martial Arts competition BJJ schools started to pop up around the country like wildfire. With them came a number of schools claiming that not only could they teach authentic BJJ, but that they could teach people how to effectively use it in mixed martial arts. This claim is often false and most of the instructors who state that they can teach students this application have in fact never fought in any form of Mixed Martial Arts’ competition. At Precision Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley, our head instructor Brian McLaughlin is not only a BJJ black belt who offers excellent instruction in both Gi and No-gi Jiu-Jitsu classes, he also holds a Professional Martial Arts record of 6-2 and has used BJJ to win all his matches by submission. Because of these credentials, we know that our school is qualified not only to teach BJJ, but also to coach students who aspire to fight in Mixed Martial Arts competition, and we offer separate classes for Mixed Martial Arts tactics in particular. Don’t be fooled by schools who say they can offer this instruction when their teachers have never stepped into the ring or cage.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley also teaches a number of other styles, such as Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Wrestling and Judo. Our boxing classes taught by 3 time Golden Gloves champion Derrick Ohlhoff are particularly popular and we have produced quite a few successful boxers in the Hudson Valley area.

Likewise, our head Muay Thai instructor Karl Nemeth is himself an AKBF Kickboxing champion with an undefeated record of 7-0, and he has also produced a number of excellent Muay Thai competitors.

Our wrestling and Judo programs are particularly unique in that they are offered as a part of our Gi and No-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. For example, our advanced No-Gi BJJ classes have dual instructors in head coach Brian McLaughlin and D-1 wrestlers Rich McHale and Ian Lindars who switch off with teaching the wrestling portion of the class. This is a feature which most Jiu-Jitsu schools do not offer, and which gives us an edge on our competition.

We have a similar practice in our Hudson Valley martial arts Gi-BJJ classes, which are taught by both head coach McLaughlin and expert black belt Judo instructor Jerry Fokas. This makes our Gi Jiu-Jitsu competitors a double threat in sport BJJ since we know how to perform standing trips and throws as well as Newaza.


Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley Martial arts

Don’t be fooled by Hudson Valley martial arts schools that make false advertisements concerning Mixed Martial Arts and multiple styles. Most schools would be better off focusing on offering quality instruction in one area before jumping on the MMA bandwagon. Our claims are legit, and you can come to Precision to train in any and all styles which pique your interest for a free 30 day trial period.

Jun 202013
Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley Martial arts

Finding success in the Hudson Valley martial arts world is not always easy.  It is certainly true that people might define “success” differently.  Many dojos are content to hand out black belts as if they were representative of nothing more than the fabric which they are made out of, but there is one marker of success which never lies, and that is competition.  Whether a martial artist chooses to test himself in Amateur or Professional Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or some other competitive format, in all cases one’s opponent is not going to be interested in placating one’s ego and is going to do his utmost to prevent his adversary from being successful against him.  It is for this reason that Hudson Valley martial arts practitioners at Precision MMA are so proud of our ability to turn novices into successful competitors and fighters.  Many people have come through the doors of Precision with no martial arts’ training whatsoever, only to find themselves having success in the ring in record time.  The results speak for themselves and show that we know what we are doing when it comes to teaching effective Hudson Valley martial arts.

When a dedicated but entirely inexperienced student first enters Precision Mixed Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley area of New York, we might liken them to a piece of clay, and our instructors to master sculptors.  As long as the student is willing to learn and do whatever is necessary to be successful our instructors can turn them into a living, breathing work of art. People are transformed by the practice of martial arts every day.  Their physiques are molded from plain or overweight to toned and conditioned.  Their self-image often improves with this.  But most of all, the practice of martial arts can make a formidable opponent with a wide range of combat skills out of just about anyone.  Precision MMA has taken Hudson Valley martial arts students with no prior experience and turned them into successful fighters of different kinds and this is always very exciting to see for the instructors and also for the fellow students who are just starting off themselves and looking to these fighters as an example to follow.  And not only do we at Precision sculpt novices into fighters, but we can also teach them to become effective martial arts’ instructors as well.

Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley martial arts

One example of a Hudson Valley martial arts success story at Precision MMA where a novice quickly became a veteran is that of John Joy.  Only a few years ago Joy began his training at Precision having never done any sort of martial art in his life.  The arts which Joy chose to focus on were mainly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing, particularly the latter.  Within a short time Joy gained his blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu and became a tough roll for anyone in the studio, but his most pronounced progress was in Boxing.  Within just a couple years, Joy became a serious threat to all competitors on the Hudson Valley circuit and has had numerous victories in local AKBF fights.  He is himself now a boxing instructor at Precision and teaches others how to do exactly what he did.  In this way, the student becomes the teacher and so on until everyone at Precision is learning from each other and thriving.  Iron sharpens iron as they say.

Joe Carbone is another example of someone who recently had no martial arts’ training and became a quite successful Amateur Muay Thai fighter.  When Joe first came to Precision he had never had a competitive fight, yet he took to Muay Thai like a fish to water and has now had several AKBF victories.  Much like Joy, he is now also an instructor at Precision and helps beginners as well as advanced Hudson Valley martial arts students to learn the subtleties of Muay Thai in both our regular Kickboxing and circuit Kickboxing classes.

One of Precision MMA’s biggest success stories is that of Mike Piekarski.  “Pantene”, as we affectionately call him, had never trained in the martial arts before he came to Precision about eight or nine years back, and in fact had stated early on that he had never been very interested in sports in general.  However, over time Mike became extremely skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts.  Eventually Mike earned his Purple Belt in BJJ and went on to win several expert BJJ competitions.  He then began to focus on MMA and Muay Thai and began competing on the Amateur MMA circuits in the Northeastern United States.  Before going Pro in 2011, Mike recorded an impressive 3-2 record in Amateur MMA, with wins by way of guillotine choke, brabo choke and unanimous decision, while none of his opponents were able to finish him within the time limit.  He also won an AKBF Muay Thai bout, proving his skill in striking and showing those in the Hudson Valley that Precision’ martial artists are not to be reckoned with in the Muay Thai ring either.  Eventually Mike had his first Professional Mixed Martial Arts fight in 2011, which he won by decision.  We at Precision MMA were all very proud to see one of our own do so well under so many different competition formats.

Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley martial arts

One student who we at Precision Mixed Martial Arts are particularly proud of is Karl Nemeth.  At about 6’0 and around 150lbs, Karl might not strike your average person as looking particularly intimidating, and yet he is one of the finest Hudson Valley martial artists that Precision has, and quite possibly our most feared competitor.  When Karl first came to us several years back he had no martial arts’ training and would probably not have considered himself a natural athlete.  However, he took his training extremely seriously from day one, especially in the arts of Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and today is one of only three BJJ brown belts training at Precision.  Karl has won a few Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, however, his most impressive accomplishments have been in the Kickboxing ring.  Karl is himself an undefeated AKBF Muay Thai champion, with seven wins in total, three of them which he has won by spectacular head kick knockouts.  In fact, Karl has acquired quite a name for himself in the Hudson Valley and has begun to have a bit of trouble getting opponents to agree to fight him because of his reputation as a dangerous opponent.  Like Joy and Carbone, he also teaches at Precision and is our head Muay Thai instructor and has coached many of our other students in their fights as well.  He is an excellent example of the kind of competitor that the instructors at Precision MMA are capable of producing.

For our instructors, producing capable martial artists from scratch is much like a science experiment: if positive results can be repeated successfully under different competition formats and different environments then we at Precision in the Hudson Valley know we have an effective formula.    Students with no prior experience have been able to walk into Precision one day and walk out a couple years later with wins in boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Amateur and Professional Mixed Martial Arts, as well as championship belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing.  This has given us the confidence to stand by our product at all times when under scrutiny.


We at Precision MMA know we can make you a successful Hudson Valley martial arts competitor as well.  Just leave your ego at the door and come train with us for a free 30-day trial, and tomorrow you could be sharing your success story with your friends and family. To get started call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.bjjfighter.com

Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate.  He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.  Originally a Tampa Gracie member, he is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (in the Dutchess County) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title.  To train kickboxing with Jamey in Dutchess County NY check out Precision MMA http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com



Jun 192013

Hudson Valley Martial Arts expert and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Brian McLaughlin shows off one of his best techniques – the flower sweep.

Train Hudson Valley Martial Arts FREE for 30 Days call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.bjjfighter.com

Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley Martial arts


Jun 182013
MMA in LaGrange, NY

Hudson Valley Martial Arts

Many martial arts schools in the Hudson Valley area of New York claim to teach techniques which are effective in high level Mixed Martial Arts promotions.  However, most of these dojos are stretching the truth and are in fact passing off illegitimate moves as authentic.  At Precision Mixed Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley we teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submissions which are routinely used in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is the premier MMA event in the world.  In fact, many of the submissions taught at Precision were used this past weekend on Saturday, June 8th in Brazil at UFC 160.  This just goes to show that our Hudson Valley Martial Arts program is top-tier!

UFC 160 this past Saturday had a stacked card full of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experts whose mastery of the gentle art was on display.  Multiple different types of martial arts submission holds were utilized to win bouts, ranging from various different types of chokes, to armlocks to leglocks.  This was exciting to see since it proves that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is alive and well at the highest level of Mixed Martial Arts competition and especially because all of these martial arts’ techniques are currently taught at Precision Mixed Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley.  Of the twelve fights on the card, nine of them ended by way of submission, making the event all the more entertaining for us Jiu-Jitsukas at Precision.  In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there are three main types of submission holds used to get the opponent to surrender by way of “tapping out”.  These three varieties of submissions are choke holds which cut off the blood to the brain and can render an opponent unconscious; arm locks which can hyper extend the elbow or shoulder joints, and leg locks which can disable an opponent’s knees or ankles.  We at Precision Mixed Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley teach all of these martial arts techniques, but many schools do not, or else if they do, they do not teach them properly.  Our head instructor Brian McLaughlin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt whose lineage can be traced to the great Royce Gracie and who is himself a Mixed Martial Artist with a record of 6-2 who has used some of the same techniques on display at this past UFC, so we at Precision know that what we are teaching is legit.

On the undercard at UFC 160 one of the best submissions utilized was a knee bar which Antonio Braga Neto used to disable fellow Mixed Martial Artist Anthony Smith.  Many martial arts’ schools neglect to teach leg locks because they think they are too dangerous, but Precision in the Hudson Valley teaches them frequently and in great detail.  Another great submission used to attain victory was a rear naked choke used by Caio Maghalaes to put Karlos Vemola out of commission.  We also teach this submission at the Hudson Valley’s best martial arts gym – Precision Mixed Martial Arts and it has been used by our instructor Brian McLaughlin to win two of his Mixed Martial Arts fights.  In another exciting match up, mixed martial artist Raphael Assuncao utilized an arm lock to defeat Vaughan Lee, and this is also a martial arts’ technique which has been used by our head instructor to attain victory in MMA and which he teaches to all our students frequently.  Furthermore, Rony Mariano Bezera made use of the famous triangle choke to finish off his opponent Mike Wilkinson in only 1:24 of the first round, and this move has also been used by McLaughlin to win three of his fights and is possibly the most popular submission taught at Precision.  Daniel Sarafian used a different variety of strangle hold, known as an arm triangle choke, to put formidable fighter Eddie Mendez to sleep, and this technique was used once again later on the card by Leonardo Santos to take out his opponent William Macario.  The submission of the night award was won by Erick Silva who caught his adversary Jason High in a reverse triangle arm bar, a very unique technique not often seen in Mixed Martial Arts which is also taught at Precision Martial Arts in the Hudson Valley.  Finally, in the main event between two excellent martial artists Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum, Werdum hyper extended Nogueira’s elbow with a belly down arm lock to cap off the night.

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Hudson Valley Martial Arts

Many people who don’t train in Hudson Valley martial arts do not realize that not all dojos or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools teach such a wide variety of submission holds, or that they work in high level MMA events like the UFC.  If you are interested in learning these effective holds, come train at Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley for 30 free days and you will soon find yourself performing these moves instead of simply watching them on TV.

Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate.  He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.  He is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (in the Dutchess County) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title.  To train kickboxing with Jamey in Dutchess County NY check out Precision MMA http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com

Jun 172013

Hudson Valley Muay Thai at Precision MMA


Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

The Hudson Valley now has a dedicated muay thai program in the heart of LaGrange, NY.  Precision Mixed Martial Arts is the Hudson Valley’s best equipied and most reputable muay thai program.  Muay Thai is known as the “art of eight weapons”.  This title has been given due to the art’s dynamic striking which involves kicks, knees, punches and elbows. Not just for competitors, Muay Thai training also offers Hudson Valley residents a fantastic way to learn effective and realistic self defense while building strength and losing weight.  Precision Mixed Martial Arts brings together Hudson valley martial artists from all walks of life with a variety of different programs available to suite each person’s unique goals.

If your goal is to get in the best shape possible while having fun and learning new techniques then our muay thai fundamentals and circuit training classes suit your perfectly.  In these classes our Hudson Valley muay thai coaches put students through routines that will challenge students to reach new heights of fitness and martial arts.  Our Hudson Valley martial arts coaches are not drill instructors.  You’ll be learning muay thai in a safe, clean and encouraging environment where the energy is high and the atmosphere is positive and supportive.  A common misconception is that you have to be “in shape” before joining muay thai.  This is not true; in fact our instructors will work with you to help you reach your potential, even if you haven’t exercised in years.  We’ve helped hundreds of people throughout the Hudson Valley transform themselves through our muay thai programs, we want you to be our next success story!

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Already experienced in muay thai and looking to take your training to the next level?  Are you a competitor or wish to become one?  Precision has the perfect Hudson Valley Muay Thai program for you as well.  The head muay thai coach at Precision Mixed Martial Arts is Karl Nemeth.  Karl is a three time AKBF (American Kickboxing Federation) Muay Thai Champion.  The AKBF is the largest muay thai competition in the Hudson Valley and Karl is recognized as one of the organization’s finest fighters.  The coaches at Precision MMA are the most dedicated muay thai coaches in the Hudson Valley and to hone their craft they train under some of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world, including muay thai legend Kaensak Sor Poenjit.  Kaensak is a veteran of over 300 fights and the only fighter to twice be awarded Thailand’s prestigious title of “Fighter of the year”.  Precision coaches make the journey to Whippany New Jersey every week to learn Kaensak’s incredible techniques and pass it on to their Hudson Valley students.

Check out some of the incredible muay thai techniques being taught in the Hudson Valley at Precision MMA!

If you live in the Hudson Valley and want to train Muay Thai there is a very special offer now available.   Precision MMA is offering a 30 Day Free trial for it’s muay thai program!  Call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemuaythai.com to get started on your Hudson Valley Muay Thai journey today!

Jun 112013

Hudson Valley Martial Arts Expert Brian McLaughlin has launched a new grappling website so that he can share his martial arts techniques with the greater jiu-jitsu world at http://www.learntograpple.com

The goal of the website is two fold – first to make jiu-jitsu techniques available to people who do not have an academy in their area thereby allowing them to learn and enjoy grappling from the comfort of their own home.

The second reason was to give Precision MMA students the chance to review techniques taught in class.  The site breaks down each technique and covers common mistakes to help the student avoid common pitfalls.

Check out this technique – one of the most effective sweeps in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a favorite amongst the Hudson Valley martial arts practitioners of Precision MMA


Like what you see and want to learn more?  If you live in the Hudson Valley and would like to train martial arts visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com


Jun 102013
Dutchess County Kickboxing

Dutchess County Kickboxing

Fitness fads come and go.  People gain weight and see that summer is coming up and want to slim down and decide that for once they are going to choose a diet and exercise plan and stick to it.  However, every fitness guru wants to sell people on their regimen and thinks that they have all the answers so how should people make a decision on what method they are going to use to get in shape?  While many workouts build muscle, increase flexibility, aid with cardio and help one to lose weight, few can do all these at once as effectively as Kickboxing at Dutchess County’s Precision MMA.  Our classes are taught by Muay Thai experts who have shown the ability to have conditioning when it counts the most: in the ring.  They have used our Dutchess County kickboxing program to lose fat and make weight for their fights and then had the endurance and overall conditioning to win them once out there.  This is as true a test of our program’s effectiveness as any.  Beyond this, for anyone to stick with a conditioning program they must enjoy it, and all our students agree that kickboxing at Precision MMA is a blast.

Some workouts are designed primarily to build strength.  For example, heavy weight lifting, though it does also burn calories, is not going to help with aerobic endurance or flexibility.  Likewise, an activity like running may help one to lose weight and aid in endurance but it is not going to produce an overall stronger athlete.  On the other hand, there are sports and activities that a person may enjoy, like basketball or tennis for example, that may also aid in certain areas like fat burning and short burst cardio, but also may not help in producing an all around stronger physique.  For these reasons it is important that when choosing a workout routine a person picks something which meets all the bases.  It must be something they enjoy otherwise they will not be likely to keep it up for long.  However, it must also be physically challenging and capable of working all of the body’s major muscle groups, as well as helping one to achieve better cardio and flexibility while aiding with weight loss.  Kickboxing at Precision MMA in Dutchess County meets all these requirements.  First of all, our Kickboxing workouts help our students to become physically stronger without making them muscle bound like heavy weight lifting would.  Our circuit classes in particular involve a number of different exercises which will make our athletes stronger while also improving their cardio and helping them burn fat at the same time.  Simply hitting the pads and heavy bags with Muay Thai Kickboxing in Dutchess County’s varied arsenal of punches, kicks, knees and elbows will help a student to become stronger in all the major muscles in their arms and legs.   However, our Kickboxing circuit classes also include many bodyweight exercises like pushups, situps, pull ups, chin up and planks.  These exercises can aid in facilitating core strength, stronger chest, back and abdominal muscles and also help the athlete to gain a greater sense of awareness of their own body and how its various parts interact which is very important in martial arts.  A good push up, for example, is similar to a good punch in that it is easier for the student to perform if done with proper technique and relaxed muscles.  Tense muscles in particular tend to become fatigued more quickly, and something like heavy weight lifting is more likely to do this than body weight exercises or throwing a series of strikes in succession.  Movements like pushups also aid with punching power themselves since some of the same muscles are focused on such as the triceps.  The constant kicking techniques employed in our Muay Thai Dutchess County Kickboxing program increase our students’ overall leg strength in all the muscle groups from the calves to the thighs and hamstrings and also strengthen core muscles due to the fact that proper balance is required while standing on one leg, and improve overall balance as well.  Kickboxing’s many flying attacks also add to one’s explosive leg strength and calve strength.

In addition to producing stronger athletes the Kickboxing program at Dutchess County’s Precision MMA also helps our students to gain better aerobic and anaerobic cardio.  Both our regular and circuit kickboxing classes require our students to throw constant punches, kicks, knees and elbows for up to an hour and a half at a time with only short rests in between rounds.  This produces anaerobic and short burst cardio like nothing else because students sometimes end up throwing close to or over one hundred kicks, punches, knees and elbows within only a few minutes.  As such, their bodies quickly adapt to high-energy expenditure in minute intervals which is something many other sports and workouts cannot produce in the same way.  This also helps students learn the value of pacing themselves in their workouts, something which is not stressed in every workout routine either.  It doesn’t take Kickboxing students at Dutchess County’s Precision long to realize that if they throw every punch and kick with one hundred percent power every time that they will soon tire and be unable to finish their workouts.  When students finally learn how to pace themselves they make it through their workouts and find their cardio skyrocketing as it adapts to the activity, and their striking technique also improves because more precise punches and kicks are more energy efficient than sloppy ones and can be fired more rapidly without fatigue.

But one of the biggest concerns for both men and women looking for a good workout routine is weight loss.  Many people are under the impression that they need to spend hours a day on a treadmill or exercise bike in order to burn off fat and it just isn’t the case.  Often times twice as many calories can be burned in a short period of time with a high intensity workout like Dutchess County kickboxing as in a long and tedious treadmill session.  We have had multiple students lose in excess of twenty to fifty pounds through our kickboxing workouts when they could not lose close to that amount through other workouts like running and lifting weights.  Essentially, the high volume punching and kicking found in kickboxing combined with the constant foot work involved make our workouts similar to a combination of high repetition-low weight-lifting and jogging in intervals.  Each strike a student throws works numerous muscle groups while at the same time their focus is to never stop moving their body as a whole until the round is over because if they did it would not simulate the pace of a kickboxing bout and our goal is always to get our students in fighting shape.

Finally, we at Precision MMA in Dutchess County pride ourselves on making our Kickboxing classes enjoyable for all students and this is key in producing results from any workout because a workout cannot be effective if one doesn’t continue with it in the long term.  For too many people working out is a chore because they aren’t able to find a workout routine that they actually find entertaining but Kickboxing at Precision in Dutchess County has instructors who are innovative so we are constantly switching up our classes in order to keep things interesting.  Our head kickboxing instructor Karl Nemeth is particularly good at creating a fun atmosphere because he himself finds kickboxing to be such a naturally enjoyable activity and it’s hard not to get pulled into the positive mood created by a quality instructor.  Lets face it, what person doesn’t sometimes want to let off some stream from their workday by hitting a heavy bag?!  Channeling our aggression through a positive outlet like kickboxing naturally lowers one’s blood pressure, both by helping one to relax and through the exercise itself, and once the endorphins get flowing a good mood is naturally produced.  Moreover, Muay Thai kickboxing includes techniques which are acrobatic and fun to do, like it’s many flying and spinning kicks and strikes which are highly acrobatic in nature.  When taking Muay Thai Kickboxing classes at Precision MMA in Dutchess County the lines between playing, fighting and working out quickly become non-existent and the student soon forgets that they are burning fat, building muscle and increasing their cardio which is exactly what we want.  Once kickboxing ceases to be viewed as a typical “workout” our students stop dreading the activity like they would going to the gym and before they know it they’ve lost considerable weight and are in the shape of their lives.

It’s really too bad that most of the world sees exercise as something that needs to be boring or so exhausting that they will be unable to wake up the next morning when an activity like Kickboxing can be so fun and effective at getting people into peak condition.  Usually when people come to kickboxing classes at Precision MMA in Dutchess County it’s a revelation of sorts that they can build muscle, burn fat and gain anaerobic endurance all at the same time without having to step foot in a conventional gym, lift a single weight or run a single mile.  Its worked for many before and continues to work for new students everyday so get off the couch and onto the mat at Precision’s Kickboxing classes and start feeling better about yourself and your body today!

Kickboxing in Dutchess County Free 30 Days!

Kickboxing in Dutchess County Free 30 Days!

Precision MMA is the premiere kickboxing gym in the Hudson valley.  We have members from all over Dutchess county, in addition to other locations in New York.  To join our incredible Dutchess County Jiu Jitsu program, run by head coach Brian McLaughlin, give us a call at 845-392-8495.  You can also stop in at 1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540.  We are currently offering a 30-day FREE trial, so make sure to ask about how you can receive that!

Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate.  He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.  He is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (in the Dutchess County) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title.  To train kickboxing with Jamey in Dutchess County NY check out Precision MMA http://www.poughkeepsiemuaythai.com

Jun 062013
dutchess county bjj

Dutchess County Jiu Jitsu Classes

Though there are a number of Jiu-Jitsu programs in the Dutchess County area, many of them are one-dimensional in nature.  Many people who are not privy to the inside world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu do not realize that it is an art which has multiple different elements and each Dutchess County Jiu-Jitsu school tends to have its own particular focus.  One reason for this is that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has two basic styles: Gi and No-Gi.  Gi classes involve the use of a gi or kimono which can be grabbed and used for various techniques such as chokes.  On the other hand, participants of no-gi classes wear rash guards and different techniques which do not involve the grabbing of clothing are emphasized, as well as a somewhat faster pace often being evident.  Some schools teach one of these almost exclusively, much to the detriment of the students who could benefit from both approaches, but this is not the case at Precision MMA in Dutchess County which has a varied approach to the art of Jiu-Jitsu.

Traditionally, Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, and also to some extent Japan, tends to be almost exclusively Gi-oriented.  Whatever the reason for this, the practitioners of this style become dependent upon the kimono grips and often feel confused when placed in a no-gi setting.  They may have difficulty dealing with the sweat factor which makes holding onto the opponent more difficult, the faster pace of the match or the lack of attacks like Gi-chokes which cannot be done without a collar to grab.  Precision MMA has a strong No-gi Dutchess County Jiu Jitsu program so none of these are factors.  At Precision we have beginner, intermediate and advanced no-gi classes where students can learn techniques which do not require a gi to be effective.  This is especially important for if the student ever enters a tournament with a no-gi format because gi training will not prepare them for the pace of this type of division.  Many times wrestlers will enter the no-gi divisions at tournaments and they tend to utilize a pace which is much more overwhelming than the more methodical pace of gi Dutchess County Jiu-Jitsu.  Jiu-Jitsukas who have not trained in the no-gi style will not be prepared for this pace and may lose as a result.  However, Precision has many wrestlers involved in its no-gi program and even teaches wrestling as a part of its syllabus so when it comes time for no-gi competition our students will be accustomed to the fast pace of the match and be more likely to be successful.  We also focus on many techniques which work with or without a gi, such as rubber guard tactics where a firm grip of the opponent can be achieved regardless of the sweat factor or format.

Precision MMA’s Jiu Jitsu program in Dutchess County, NY also includes Gi classes so our students are just as effective in gi competition.  All of the traditional collar chokes and techniques which utilize sleeve, elbow seam, pants and belt grips are focused on at Dutchess County’s Precision, as well as defenses to them.  This also prepares our Jiu-Jitsu students for if they face Judo practitioners in competition, since Judo is also a part of our syllabus and we understand their strategies and training methodologies.

Anyone interested in learning the art of Jiu-Jitsu should want to learn the art in its entirety and this means focusing equally on the Gi and No-gi styles as is done at Precision MMA in Dutchess County.  Don’t be one dimensional in your training.  Try out our Jiu-Jitsu program for 30 free days and learn from the best.

dutchess county bjjPrecision MMA is the premiere Jiu Jitsu gym in the Hudson valley.  We have members from all over Dutchess county, in addition to other locations in New York.  To join our incredible Dutchess County Jiu Jitsu program, run by head coach Brian McLaughlin, give us a call at 845-392-8495.  You can also stop in at 1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540.  We are currently offering a 30-day FREE trial, so make sure to ask about how you can receive that!

Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate.  He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.  He is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (in the Dutchess County) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title.  To train Jiu JItsu with Jamey in Dutchess County NY check out Precision MMA http://www.poughkeepsiebrazilianjiu-jitsu.com

Jun 042013
Hudson Valley Martial Arts

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

The martial art of Muay Thai has a rich and diverse history dating all the way back to sixteenth century Siam. Though some of the techniques of its precursors, such as Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran have fallen out of favor, the most effective techniques of the style continue to be taught and practiced today at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York. Muay Thai programs are often advertised as being authentic while being anything but. We at Precision MMA encourage aspiring Muay Thai students to do their history so they know before signing up that they are getting the original product, and there is no other gym in Dutchess County that offers Thai boxing which comes straight from the source like we do.

The lineage of Muay Thai and it’s variant forms can be traced all the way back to the Ayuddhaya period of sixteenth century Siam, the country which is now known as Thailand. During this era, in 1590 to be exact, began the reign of King Naresuan. At this time all of the Siamese soldiers were required to be skilled in the arts of Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran, which eventually adapted into modern day Muay Thai. During the reign of King Naresuan, parts of Siam were being ruled by the Burmese and the King himself actually used these arts to fight the Burmese Prince and drive the foreigners from the country we now know as Thailand. As such, it makes perfect sense that Muay Thai is today considered a sacred sport in Thailand, since it is largely responsible for it’s independence. Though many of the weapons used in Krabi Krabong, such as the sword, dagger, staff, and spear, among others, are no longer taught in Muay Thai, many of the techniques from it’s companion art, Muay Boran, continue to be included in Muay Thai today and are taught and practiced at Precision MMA in Dutchess County.

Though the arts of Muay Thai, Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong were already popular, it was not until 1703 during the reign of Luang Sorasak, known as “The Tiger King”, that they became truly widespread. Sorasak himself grew to love Muay Thai so much that he would frequently wear a mask and engage in Muay Thai fights with local champions, knowing that they would not consciously fight against their ruler. Sorask required all his soldiers to be experts in Muay Thai and the art’s popularity exploded, just as the art is exploding today in Dutchess County and all around the United States.

Muay Thai was used once again by the army of King Taksin in 1767 to drive out the Burmese forces who had been occupying Thailand for the past nine years. Indeed, the Burmese have had a long history of warfare with Thailand, which has been recurring throughout the centuries. Through the use of authentic Thai boxing, as it is taught at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, the Thai were able to once again gain their independence and restore their country to it’s former size after freeing more than 10,000 thais who had become slaves to the Burmese.

However, the art of Muay Thai as taught today in Dutchess County did not begin to evolve from its parent art of Muay Boran until the reign of King Rama the 5th in 1868. Prior to this the style had been mainly bare knuckle, or at the very least had involved participants who bound their hands with hemp rope, and much like the similar style of Burmese boxing head butts had been a legal technique. Many differences exist between the former art of Muay Boran and the modern art of Muay Thai. For example, Muay Boran fighters had originally employed a much lower stance in order to perform many flying movement which have these days been deemed impractical. Though many flying attacks are still taught in Muay Thai, which are also included in the syllabus at Precision in Dutchess County, the ancient style of Muay Boran included some which can only be seen these days at the movie theater if one happens to go out to see the latest Tony Jaa flick. Maneuvers like using the opponents’ knee or other body parts as a base to jump off of to deliver flying knees and elbows and climbing up the opponent’s body to deliver strikes were commonplace. Many of the movements we see used by video game characters that imitate the Muay Thai style have in fact come from Muay Boran. However, other differences were the inclusion of standing joint locks, and other techniques used for self-defense which no longer have a place in modern day Muay Thai prizefights. Now, these techniques can be learned at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York as a part of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts’ programs. In fact, both the desire to exclude the more impractical techniques of Muay Boran, as well to exclude those deemed too dangerous for ring combat were influences in the evolution from Muay Boran to modern day Muay Thai. During this era Thailand was at peace so Muay Thai was no longer needed as an art for the battlefield and became a common sport and national pass time. Many fights were between members of Thai royalty or the Thai army and military titles were actually awarded to the victories of Muay Thai bouts. At this point the style came to look like what we teach today at Precision in Dutchess County. The emphasis was on practical moves which could be used for both sport and self-defense, such as knees, elbows, high percentage kicks and punches.

During the reign of King Rama the 7th from 1925-1935 the art of Muay Thai made it’s final adjustments as a sport in Thailand. Shortly before the King’s ascension to the throne, in 1921, a boxing ring was used for a Muay Thai bout for the first time. Prior to this the crowd that had gathered to watch the contest had simply maintained the boundaries for the combatants. The hemp ropes, which had formerly been used to wrap the hands of the fighters, were replaced with boxing gloves and codified rules were first put in place. It was at this point that the Muay Thai style as practiced today at Precision in Dutchess County and around the world became nationally recognized as distinct from the Muay Boran style which had predated it.

Now distinct from the ancient and often impractical style of Muay Boran and the antiquated style of Krabi Krabong, truly authentic Muay Thai kickboxing is booming in popularity worldwide and can be learned straight from the source at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York. Precision’s head Muay Thai instructor Karl Nemeth is himself an AKBF Muay Thai champion who has learned the style straight from none other than world famous Muay Thai champion Kaensak Sor Ploenjit. Kaensak is considered to be amongst the top five greatest Muay Thai fighters who has ever lived, and that’s including all of the ancient practitioners of Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong and members of royalty who practiced these arts, such as “The Tiger King” Luang Sorasak. With 30 years of experience in the art and having had over 300 fights, Kaensak is an authentic Nak Muay (the thai term for kickboxer) in every sense of the word. As such, when students at Precision in Dutchess County learn Muay Thai from Karl they are learning techniques which are one hundred percent Thai in origin and are pure in their direct lineage from ancient Thai masters. Every kick, punch, knee, elbow, trip and clinch tactic taught by Karl was shown to him by Kaensak himself who proved it’s effectiveness in over 300 Thai fights in packed stadiums all across Thailand. Other martial arts’ schools can hardly make the same claim. In fact, it would be extremely difficult to find more than one or two schools in all of the United States, let alone Dutchess County, which can claim such a pure lineage. Most would have to travel to Thailand to get this sort of instruction, but Precision in Dutchess County offers it for an affordable price at an accessible and newly renovated location. Precision is also on the cutting edge of a further evolution of Muay Thai in terms of how it can properly be used in a Mixed Martial Arts’ context. Along with Karl, our head Mixed Martial Arts’ and Jiu-Jitsu instructor Brian McLaughlin can also show students how authentic traditional Muay Thai can be combined with arts like BJJ, Wrestling and Boxing to produce a well-rounded fighter. But most of all, our product speaks for itself, since the Muay Thai Karl teaches (as taught to him by Kaensak) is now producing more authentic Nak Muays at Dutchess County’s Precision who are themselves using the art to win local kickboxing fights in spectacular fashion.

From Krabi Krabong to Muay Boran to modern day Muay Thai Kickboxing, the same striking art which the ancient Thais and Siamese used to defend their country against the Burmese is alive and well at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York. Hundreds of years and thousands of miles have only increased the effectiveness of this diverse fighting style which has found equal success in the ring and on the battlefield. Come train with Karl at Precision for 30 free days and learn Muay Thai straight from the source.

Poughkeepsie Boxing

Dutchess County Muay Thai

Precision MMA in Dutchess County is now offering a 30-Day FREE trial to all new Dutchess County Muay Thai students.  If you’re interested in training Muay Thai at the Hudson Valley’s premiere martial arts gym, then give us a call at 845-392-8495.  You can also stop in at 1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville NY 12540.

Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate.  He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.  He is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (near Poughkeepsie) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title.  To train with Jamey in Poughkeepsie NY check out Precision MMA http://www.poughkeepsiemuaythai.com