In the spirit of martial arts this past week Poughkeepsies Precision MMA has played host to several world class competitors in several different martial arts. These guest athletes are athletes that our head coach Brian McLaughlin has trained extensively with in his own martial arts journey.
The first of our guest athletes was King of Pancrase Andy Main who joined us Tuesday for some rounds of boxing against one of the Hudson Valley’s finest boxers Paul Maley. Andy also participated in our jiu-jitsu class that evening, providing a stern test for advanced students and a good learning experience for new comers.
Judo is known as the art of the gentle way and for Precision Boxing and MMA offers one of the finest programs in the Hudson Valley MMA scene. Our guest instructors for the week were Jerry Fokas and Sergey Fedotov who were here for our Wednesday night judo and jiu jistu class. Sensei Jerry Fokas earned his black belt at the age of 14 and his 3rd degree black belt when he was 19. He was also a member of the Dutch National Team and a Champion for the Dutch National Military team. Sensei Sergey Fedotov has been a practitioner of the art of the Gentle way for 15 years and for 10 of those he was a black belt. Both were here showcasing their vast knowledge of judo to a packed class of eager Hudson Valley MMA students.
Sensei Jerry Fokas Sensei Sergei Fedotov
If you are interested in checking out these awesome classes with any of our home instructors and guest instructors in our new and improved location free for 30 days call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com to get started!
Precision MMA has been who the Hudson Valley turns to in order to win fights. Now we are doing our part in the most important bout of all, 4 year old Amelia is a Dutchess County resident who has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. The costs associated with the treatment are substantial and that’s why Precision is raising money in Amelia’s fight against this terrible disease.
On Saturday July 16th Precision will host a seminar with UFC veteran Jim Miller, Muay Thai champion and Precision Coach Karl Nemeth and Judo Black Belt Dan Danieluc. The cost is just $25 and 100% of the proceeds go to Amelia.
Join us this weekend, learn some incredible techniques and help a young girl overcome cancer!
This weekend Precision Mixed Martial Arts head coach Brian McLaughlin made the journey to Las Vegas to corner his student Jim Miller in his UFC 200 bout against Takanori Gomi. The former Pride and Shooto champion, Gomi is widely regarded as one of the best lightweight fighters of all time. Jim was in a must win situation against a very dangerous opponent, but rose to the occasion in dramatic fashion.
Jim followed the game plan perfectly and showed off his world class Brazilian Jiu-jitsu taking the back and quickly scoring a crowd pleasing TKO stoppage victory. This victory made Jim the first fighter in UFC history to earn victories at both UFC 100 and UFC 200!
Do you dream of fighting in the UFC? Precision MMA near Poughkeepsie, NY can help make your dreams a reality. Call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com to get started!
Benefits of Precision MMA
1) The classes
Our classes consist of muay thai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and vale tudo. Many of these classes have different levels you can take according to how skilled you are. Unlike other gyms, we have several different forms of martial arts and beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
2) Awards for kids
We ask our young students to bring in their report cards when they come in. If you have perfect attendance in the last marking period, you receive a free private lesson. This gives the children motivation to get to school and to get good grades.
All of our instructors are experienced in what they teach. The head coach and owner, Brian Mclaughlin has had over 15 years of experience, has been on the Ultimate Fighter, and has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He trains multiple UFC fighters and has won several lightweight champions. Other coaches, such as muay thai coach Karl Nemeth, is the current Trinity kickboxing champions, AKBF muay thai champion and Kaged Kombat featherweight MMA champion.
4) We can prepare you to compete
Our coaches are equipped to make anyone into a competitor. We make sure each competitor is prepared for their journey ahead.
5) Anyone can join
Whether you’re 7 or 50, experienced or not, you can train MMA here. Each person has a class to fit into that works for them.
Ready to start? Visit us at Bjjfighter.com or call us at (845)- 392-8495
Improving Kids Lives through Martial Arts
At Precision MMA, we strive to help our students benefit from our classes in ways that don’t just apply to MMA.
Ultimately, the instructors and the parents of the students have the same goal, to help them succeed in life. Instructors develop a unique relationship with students that allows them to communicate on a personal basis that and profoundly effects the child. A unique aspect of Precision’s kids martial arts program is that we ask to see each child’s report card in order to ensure that the lessons we instill in them are carrying over to their academic lives. We incentivize high performance by providing rewards to honor roll students or those who show improved grades. Recently, we noticed that although grades were soaring, attendance was dropping. Precision’s head coach decided to offer free private lessons to any student who had perfect attendance for an entire marking period. The results were seen immediately.
As you can see, one of our students had many absences throughout the year. In the last marking period, there were none. This child was absent about 20 times throughout the 3 marking periods. A school day typically lasts for 7 hours. They could have gotten a lot more out of the school year had they not been absent so many times. If this trend continues, they could be missing up to 500 hours of learning time throughout their high school career. This could be the difference between graduating high school, being an honors student, and even attending college. This system teaches the kids the importance of attendance, which will benefit them for the rest of their lives with college, jobs, and more.
If your child needs that extra push to succeed, call Precision MMA at (845)-392-8495 or go to lagrangemartialarts.com, they will be motivated in no time!
Many people do not know that karate can help your child achieve confidence, discipline, and self-determination. Karate has been used throughout Asia for centuries and has benefited children all around the world. There are several misconceptions towards karate, but after reading this article your possible doubts will vanish. Here are 10 benefits of karate for children. 10. It builds self-confidence. As your child advances and gets better, he or she will gain confidence in themselves. When they train, they learn to push themselves and go outside their comfort zones. They also learn eye contact, which for many people even as adults is an uncomfortable and difficult thing to do. 9. It helps with their social skills. Does your child have a difficult time getting along with others? Finding friends? Karate classes expose children to other peers their age and will teach them how to work with others. 8. It gets them involved in an extracurricular activity. Is your child looking for something to do after school? Karate will keep your child busy doing something productive when they aren’t in school. There are many options of extracurricular activities that you can choose from, but karate is one that gives your child the amount of exercise they need every day. 7. Discipline. Your child will learn how to obey and respect authority figures. During karate class, your child will practice referring to authority figures as sir or ma’am, and to follow instructions given to them. 6. It helps to excel in other activities and sports. Karate helps teach you how to breathe correctly and gives you a sense of coordination, which is beneficial with all sports like swimming, track and field, soccer, and gymnastics. 5. It improves flexibility. Your child will become all around more flexible which also benefits other sports. Flexibility is needed for many activities and also for regular every day life. It’s a skill that is important to maintain, and it’s a good idea to start learning flexibility at a younger age. 4. Karate helps children with focusing. Does your child have a rough time staying on task or paying attention? Karate will help your child stay focused. Your child will often be training one on one with a partner, and it is an important skill to be focused and not distracted. 3. Self-defense. Your child will never have to worry about another kid physically bullying them or threatening to hurt them. They will learn many different methods to defend themselves if another child or adult is coming at them, and will be taught that using violence is always a last resort option. 2. It moves them in the right direction. When you involve your child in extracurricular activities, it puts them on the right path and keeps them out of trouble. Often times, troubled kids are those that have too much free time. They don’t have anything else to do but go out and find trouble. With karate, your child will be busy doing a productive activity and staying out of trouble. 1. Encourages children to set goals. Karate teaches kids to create goals for themselves and to strive toward them. Your child will feel a sense of accomplishment whenever they receive a new belt, and will learn to work towards their goals knowinng If you’re still having second thoughts about sending your child to Kids karate classes, take a look for yourself. Start a 30 day free trial at Precision MMA and witness your child acquire all of these benefits. You can reach us at (845)-392-8495 or visit our website at lagrangemartialarts.com
Congratulations to Precision MMA‘s Karl Nemeth on receiving his black belt from head coach Brian McLaughlin. Karl has achieved this rank after nine years of dedicated training. Precision is now home to three Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belts!
Childhood Obesity: What the Martial Arts get right and Everyone Else gets Wrong.
Childhood obesity is the big question health of our time. Like so much in childhood, the ramifications of being unhealthy at a young age will be felt in adulthood. Heart Disease is one of the biggest causes of death in developed countries. While many risk factors are out of your control, some are well within it. Diet and exercise are chief among them. While it can be very difficult to regulate what a child eats at all times, you can create opportunities for exercise. The amount of exercise someone gets can do great things to mitigate the risk of weight related health problems, and there are many of them. It is important to create a level of activity in children that can keep them at a healthy weight range.
The problem with physical activity is finding the right program. For many that is easy, play a team sport. The problem arises for people who are not as physically developed or who are not athletic in general. Whether they are too small, slow or out of shape they get marginalized in team sports because winning is such a big part of them. As children age this threshold gets increased and children who are not physically gifted find themselves not just sitting on the sideline, but not on the team at all. In other words the children who need it the most are getting forced to the side. This cannot be the case with such a huge problem on our hands.
The answer is to focus on a physical activity that stays fun and engaging, but doesn’t send people away. The martial arts provide a friendly encouraging environment for anyone who tries it. Kids who can’t make their middle school baseball team don’t get turned aside at a karate class. They are included and it can yield wonderful results. Some of these children suffer from constantly being compared to their more physically gifted peers. They have stuck labels on themselves and come to view themselves as “unathletic” because they couldn’t make a team. The change in how they view themselves can be remarkable. They gain a new confidence in their abilities and appearance.
If you are interested in giving your child the opportunity to become more fit and confident come into Precision MMA today. We offer a FREE 30 day trial and private introductory lesson. Stop in, give us a call at 845-392-8495 or go to our website at www.lagrangemartialarts.com.
Poughkeepsie Karate Classes: End to Bullying Cycle
Bullying is becoming a cause celebre in this country. While in the past it was dismissed as a right of passage or glossed over with empty platitudes like “boys will be boys”, it is now being given the serious attention it requires. While at times the act of bullying may not seem very harmful, the implications of why someone is being bullied or bullying can be very disconcerting. As with anything the reason behind the behavior is what needs to be remedied. A cause common to both sides is self-esteem and confidence. The martial arts can be the perfect way of shaping the way at risk children view themselves into something more positive and prevent this kind of behavior.
The way in which you view yourself is very important. Self-esteem and self-confidence are character traits that become the arbiter of so much in life. One of the sadder parts about the whole bullying phenomena is that the victim and the bully is often targeted for their lack confidence. This leads into a cycle that feeds into itself and creates increasingly poor self image problems. Children who bully others are often the victims of bullies themselves. In a different scenario with different people involved they are the ones being victimized. These children will turn around and bully others as an escape from the powerlessness that they felt. They will use the same means others have used against them. The coercive tactics, threats of and actual violence and derisive language, that will all be mirrored back at a new victim. Again we see a system that feeds into itself and reestablishes it’s terrible hold on new persons time after time. Steps need to be taken to prevent this sort of cyclical stagnation.
The martial arts help stop bullying by teaching people a few key things. They can be divided into two basic but overlapping categories, physical and mental. On the physical side of things the martial arts can teach someone how to defend themselves. They can’t be bullied in the most extreme sense because the bully cannot use the threat of force as a means of coercion. They also now have the confidence that comes with being free from this rather cumbersome mental burden. The bully can gain the confidence to not project their insecurities onto other people and the bullied now has the assertiveness to not be a viable target for bullying. The bully can also learn how to properly understand what violence means and come to grips with how atrocious using it to control people is. The martial arts are in a sense a philosophical exploration of what violence is. To practice the martial arts is to gain a better understanding of violence. Bullies use violence as a tool to get something out of someone else. Someone who studies the Martial Arts gains an understanding of just how terrible it is to use violence for any reason outside of self defense.
Once someone has gained the self-confidence to not be either a bully or a target of bullying broad and exciting new vistas are open to them. Self-confidence is a truly marvelous state of mind. I would urge you to not limit the martial arts to just anti-bullying, but really explore the transformative power that the martial arts can have.
If you are interested in having a child develop positive self-esteem and not become a bully or a victim, check out Precision MMA. We offer a FREE 30 day trial and private introductory lesson. Come in, give us a call at 845-392-8495 or go to our website at www.lagrangemartialarts.com.