Nov 302018

Precision Fighter Garret Volpe made it to the front cover of the Poughkeepsie Journal this Friday. If you met Garret Volpe today, you would have no idea that two years ago he was forced to face his own mortality. As  a committed athlete who trains tirelessly and is constantly seeking new information on nutrition and fitness, it was a complete shock for him to find out that he was facing heart failure. After Volpe was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and beneath his muscular frame his heart was functioning at approximately 40% of normal rate. Those who know Garrett would attest that he is not only in good shape, but a living embodiment of peak physical fitness. His family, friends, coaches and teammates were in dismay and disbelief, but none more than Garrett himself. He has dedicated years of his life to training martial arts, in hopes of pursuing his long-time dream of fighting in a mixed martial arts bout. This dream is what kept him in positive spirits, despite being told that he may need a heart transplant if he was going to survive. Check out his article in the Poughkeepsie Journal to learn more about Garrets struggle to make it from heart failure to getting his hand raised. If you live in Poughkeepsie or the Hudson Valley and would like to train MMA, give Precision Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts a call at (845)392-8495 or visit us at

Poughkeepsie MMA fighter Garret Volpe wins

Poughkeepsie MMA fighter Garret Volpe wins

Aug 172018

It’s not uncommon to experience anxiety before joining a sport. Feeling uneasy about partaking in any new activity rattles many nerves, as one is usually unsure of what to expect. A common fear of a newcomer is that they will feel unwelcome and think they aren’t good enough. These irrational fears are unfortunately what hinder many potential practitioners of ever stepping foot on the mat to train MMA or Boxing. Our students at Precision Boxing & MMA have shared their stories of being nervous about participating in class for the first time, but after walking through our doors and stepping on the mat, everything else fell in line and they keep coming back for more practice. We offer a welcoming atmosphere here and our instructors are very attentive to all of our students. Anxiety is an innate response to new experiences that can be overcome or controlled. Many of the advanced practitioners of the sport still have pre-fight nerves before fighting their opponents. However, their anxiety is controlled or eliminated by self-confidence. They cannot predict the initial result of the fight, but they are confident in themselves to accept whatever may happen and therefore have the ability to calm their nerves. Setting aside personal reservations and irrational anxieties is the key to being open to new experiences and start training. Check out what long time Precision student Jason Harley has to say about initially overcoming his anxiety to train and how joining has improved his life tremendously!

Live in Poughkeepsie, New York and interested in training Martial Arts and Boxing  in the Hudson valley, but nervous about getting started? Visit or call 845-392-8495 so we can get you started today!

May 272013

Olympic_BoxingNot all boxing programs are created equal.  Some are only for the hardened veterans, those who have competed before and just need a little tweaking here and there by expert coaches in order to further their potential.  These gyms tend to overlook the beginners and those who are looking to box casually.  Precision MMA in Dutchess County has a boxing program which never overlooks the casuals or the novice students.  We have teachers who are patient and will work to help anyone who is willing to put in the time.

Our head boxing coach Derrick Ohlhoff, who is a 3 times Golden Gloves’ boxing champion, has been teaching at Dutchess Counties’ Precision MMA for almost five years now.  Because he has seen it at all and trained with pro boxers like Zuri Lawerence and Brian Barbosa, but also remembers well his days as a beginner and has seen what it takes to get new boxers to a high level, he is quite adept at teaching the new prospects who walk through our doors.  Derrick is extremely patient and has a good sense of humor which attracts younger boxers who might at first be a bit intimidated and expecting that boxing will be a grueling affair with strict coaches.  Derrick is all about the fundamentals, and these are what beginners need more than anything else.  He lets the novice students know when they are experiencing progress every step of the way, since new boxers may often not realize that their technique is improving with rapid speed, and being told so increases their confidence and makes them want to attend more classes.

Dutchess County’s boxing program at Precision MMA also has a great coach in Jon Russo.  Russo is also excellent at teaching beginners because not only does he also have ring experience but he has a great sense of humor and is truly one of the “young at heart”.  Russo has also trained in Martial Arts such as Jeet Kune Do and Taekwondo and has a keen eye for practical self-defense, so this combined with his sense of playfulness has allowed him to create many fun and creative training exercises for the beginners.  The younger students in particular rave about Jon’s training methodologies and are always wondering what new training technique he might introduce next.  He has all the fundamentals of boxing down, yet is not one to think rigidly and can adjust his teaching methods to his students’ personalities.

Dutchess County MMA

Dutchess County Boxing

Finally, Jon Joy is perhaps our most beginner-friendly coach.  This is probably because despite the fact that Joy has improved tremendously in record time and now has several amateur boxing wins under his belt, it was not long ago that he was also a beginner learning the sweet science in Dutchess County at Precision MMA.  Remembering what was imparted to him early on, Joy focuses intently on those fundamentals so essential to early progress in the sport of boxing, such as footwork and head movement.

Because Precision MMA in Dutchess County has three patient, good-natured instructors with varying teaching styles we are an excellent gym for beginning boxers.  Don’t be shy, come box with us for 30 free days and you’ll be hooked in no time.

Precision MMA is currently offering a 30-Day FREE trial for new members.  If you’re interested in learning self-defense, getting into shape, and training with the best in the area, then stop in at 1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY or call us at 845-392-8495.  Don’t forget to ask about our free trial and intro lesson!

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

Feb 182013
hudson valley boxing

hudson valley boxing

What was a Hudson Valley boxer doing in Buffalo over the weekend?  Well, Pat Daka was competing in the second round of the Upstate New York Golden Gloves.  What you may not know is that Pat Daka is still just a teenager.  Prom, graduation, and other high school rites of passage are still fresh in his mind.  But this young pugilist enters the ring, just the same, ready to face down fully grown men who want to take his head off.

Hudson Valley boxing’s Pat has shown that he does not scare easily.  In the first round of the Golden Gloves, he faced an enormous 300-pound superheavyweight.  Many counted out Precision boxing’s entrant, but Pat had other plans.  Showing ring generalship generally only  seen in hardened veterans, Pat worked with quick flurries and strong power shots in route to a dominant victory.  Those who doubted him before knew he was business.  He did not drive all the way from the Hudson Valley to box and leave empty handed.

After he earned his victory, Pat immediately got back into training with Hudson Valley boxing coach Derrick Ohlhoff.  Even though he won in dominant fashion, Pat was still focused on improving as a boxer and working on his weaknesses.  In addition, he even took the initiative to step outside of his comfort zone and spar the top dogs at other Hudson Valley boxing gyms.  Pat even stepped into the ring with Zuri Lawrence, a veteran of over 40 professional fights.  While there were small hiccups and moments of doubt, Pat stayed on course and focused on his goal: to become a Golden Gloves champion.

When February 16th finally arrived, Team Precision Boxer Pat Daka was ready to show what he was made of.  While other fights were filled with self-doubt and anxiety, Pat was overflowing with confidence and eager anticipation.  Coach Derrick gave his last minute instructions and they made their way to the ring to take on another mountain of a man.  It wasn’t the man’s size that bothered Pat, though.  He was facing a south paw.

South paws are rare and pose a unique challenge for orthodox or right handed Hudson Valley boxers.  When facing a south paw, everything is backwards.  Boxers have to circle to their left and lead with their right despite countless rounds of doing the exact opposite.  They often step on each other’s feet in an awkward attempt to gauge distance, where the opponent feels simultaneously too close and too far at the same time.  While southpaws face similar challenges, they have one thing on their side – experience.  They know what it feels like because most boxers are right-handed – 9 out of 10, to be exact. Meaning southpaws hone their strategy for righties while orthodox fighters might even have a lefty in their gym to work with.

Pat knew that there was no turning back after the bell sounded for the start of the context, so the Hudson Valley boxer sat back and bided his time, trying to win the battle.  Then Pat saw that his lead foot was outside his opponent’s, and he knew he was in line for a straight right hand.  Pat fired right down the pipe and snapped the man’s head back like a Pez dispenser.  His opponent retreated for a moment to collect himself, but Pat never gave him a chance to.  He adjusted to his southpaw jitters and maintained constant pressure.

Showing the mindset of a champion, Pat informed his coach that since he took very little damage, he would be ready to fight again on Saturday at another local boxing show near Poughkeepsie.  With three victories under his belt, the future looks bright for Pat Daka and the rest of Team Precision Boxing.  Keep your eye out for this young heavyweight with the thunderous right hand.

Precision MMA is now offering a 30 Day Free Trial for Poughkeepsie boxers of all levels to find out more call 845-392-8495 or visit

Precision Mixed Martial Arts
1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

Feb 082013

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Poughkeepsie martial arts

Poughkeepsie martial arts


When I began training Poughkeepsie martial arts back in 1999 the term “mixed martial arts” was so esoteric that when I brought it up in conversation it was like I was speaking a foreign language. The UFC was off pay per view and no one had aspirations of being a cage fighter.  The few people that did train had the attitude of superiority with their chosen style.  This was especially true of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

I remember telling my Poughkeepsie martial arts Jiu-Jitsu coach at the time that I was thinking of wrestling with my high school.  He was very displeased and told me, through his thick Portuguese accent, “Wrestling is all strength, why you want to do?  A wrestler take you down, you choke him”.  That was the line of thinking back then.  My style is better than yours, no need to learn, no need to evolve.

Following the success of The Ultimate Fighter and the subsequent explosion of the UFC, mixed martial arts became a world wide sensation.  Every Poughkeepsie martial arts school, even those operating for over a decade as a single style, became “MMA Gyms” and although the signs outside the gym were painted over, very little changed within the curriculum of these gyms.  The grappling schools added a few heavy bags and the striking schools learned a few headlocks, but few instructors expanded their horizons and rarely were outsiders brought in to even out the program.

I’m proud to say that my Poughkeepsie martial arts gym did not follow suite.  Today we have individual experts in Judo, BJJ, Wrestling, Boxing, and Muay Thai.  There is no sense of superiority of one style over another and a genuine desire amongst the head instructors to absorb everything that each style has to offer.
At Precision “Mixed Martial Arts” is not just a marketing ploy.  December 11th was a big day for our competition team.  It started off when Derrick Feliciano (Little “D”) won his scholastic wrestling tournament.  Later in the evening coach Karl Nemeth won the 155 pound AKBF Muay Thai title and John Joy won the 160 pound AKBF Boxing title.  At the event I found out that Will Nagy took home 1st place at the Fort Dix Combatives tournament (combatives is a military hand to hand fighting styling mixing grappling and striking).  Not only did we have four competitors take home gold, they competed in four distinct styles of martial arts.  From grappling to striking they were all able to successfully compete while training under one roof.  In addition, the competitors they defeated were specialized in only their one discipline.  I’m very happy to say Precision has risen above the dogmatic thinking of the past and evolved into one of the only true MMA gyms in the Poughkeepsie martial arts world.  Although the results are pleasing our journey is far from its destination.  Remember to keep your eyes open and absorb all that the martial arts world has to offer – regardless of what “style” may be attached to it.
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Feb 052013

Hudson Valley Martial Arts Thrives at Precision MMA

Precision MMA is a unique Hudson Vally martial arts school. Unlike other martial arts schools which specialize in a particular style of martial arts, Precision has a diverse curriculum including wrestling, boxing, muay thai, Mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Vally martial arts

Precision MMA competitors have been hard at work across the Hudson Valley in the ring and on the mats. Gabe Khoury, in his first year of Hudson Valley wrestling, took home the JV section 1 wrestling title!  Gabe wasn’t the only one tearing up the wrestling room though, Precision MMA’s Mikey Rooney also won section 1 gold and will now go on to compete at the state tournament.  Derrick Feliciano performed very well in the varsity ranks. D beat some of the Hudson Valley’s best at divisionals, making it to the sectional tournament, a run at the state title is surely in his future.

In the squared circle we had John Joy putting his boxing on display at the NY state Golden Gloves.  Joy made the trip from the Hudson Valley to Buffalo and fought a home town favorite.  After getting struck with an illegal blow to the back of the head, Joy fought back and earned a decision victory.  In the second round of the tournament Joy was dominating the first half of his fight, but dislocated a rib after a well placed body shot, allowing his opponent to come back and earn the victory.  Although he fell short of winning the gloves, Joy showed that he belongs among the top amateurs and will be back next year to take another swing at the title.

Also, Precision martial arts purple belt Will Nagy has been putting his skills to the test in combatives competition. Combatives is the US Army’s style of mixed martial arts specifically developed for real world combat.  Will trained at Precision since his freshman year at West Point, he recently took part in the Fort Hood Combatives tournament at 185 pounds and took home the title.  He sent me an email thanking everyone at Precision for helping him through the years:

“Hey Brian, I just wanted to let you know that winning that martial arts tournament was a huge deal for me in terms of my career and setting myself apart from my peers, which is very difficult to do as a lieutenant. I got recognized by colonels and generals for winning, I was the only officer to win, and I’ve been put up for a non-valorous medal for winning it. I’m also going to be put on special duty for a few moths to exclusively train to represent fort hood at the all army tournament. Most importantly it gives me a level of respect and credibility with my soldiers that would have taken months or years to build up otherwise. I couldn’t have done it without you and everyone at Precision!”

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Jan 222013

Mixed Martial Arts has become a buzz word in the Hudson Valley.  Now that the UFC is one of the most popular sporting events Hudson Valley schools that specialize in a single martial arts discipline are now calling themselves “Mixed Martial Arts Gyms

Hudson Valley Mixed Martial Arts

Hudson Valley Mixed Martial Arts

A sign that you may be stuck in a phony MMA gym in the Hudson Valley is the frequency that the different arts are trained.  A true Hudson Valley Mixed Martial Arts School will have a combination of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, muay thai and boxing each and every day. Many fake mixed martial arts gyms will have grappling everyday and “striking” one or two days at most (or vice versa).

Precision Mixed Martial Arts prides itself on being the most diverse mixed martial arts school in the Hudson Valley Boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are taught every single day of the week.  In addition, the gym is properly equipped for each individual art.  Thai pads, jump ropes and kick shields for muay thai training, a full size boxing ring, heavy bag, upper cut bag and double end bag for boxing, crash pads and zebra mats for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – all in a 5,000 square foot facility.

Here’s a look inside a typical Monday at Precision Mixed Martial Arts – students begin with boxing and muay thai training before getting on the ground for grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  At this Hudson Valley Mixed Martial Arts school no stone is left unturned.

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Mar 022012

Precision MMA is now better than ever!

Now Try Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley FREE for 30 Days call 845-392-8495 or visit

Hudson valley residents now have a world class MMA facility at Precision MMA.  Located in LaGrange, just minutes from Poughkeepsie, Precision MMA has expanded and added to its already incredible Mixed Martial Arts program.

Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY

Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY

With classes 7 days a week in Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Judo and wrestling Precision Mixed Martial Arts has something for everyone.  Precision’s world class instructors work as a team to make sure each of our members reaches their highest potential.  Our staff includes golden gloves champions, division 1 wrestlers, BJJ and Judo Black Belts and MMA champions who combine for over 100 years of elite martial arts training now available for YOU in the hudson valley.

mma in the hudson valley

mma in the hudson valley

In addition to having experienced coaches and a diverse program, Precision MMA is also the largest MMA gym in the Poughkeepsie area. With a full sized boxing ring, heavy bags, zebra mats, crash pads and over 5,000 square feet Precision gives its students access to a truly world class Hudson Valley facility.

Precision MMA near Poughkeepsie, NY

Precision MMA near Poughkeepsie, NY

If you live near Poughkeepsie, NY and would like to see what Precision MMA can offer you, then give our incredible 30 Day Free trial a try, call 845-392-8495 or visit and get started today.

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Jan 122012

MMA in LaGrange, NY

MMA in LaGrange, NY

Are you looking for authentic MMA in LaGrange, NY? Precision MMA, the largest MMA gym in the Hudson Valley, is now offering a FREE 30 Day Trial. To get started call 845-392-8495 or visit

What sets Precision MMA in LAGrange, NY apart from other MMA gyms is having a complete MMA system. Most schools are decent at one aspect of MMA, but neglect the others.  At Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY we have expert grapplers including division 1 wrestlers and black belts in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as golden gloves champion boxers and muay thai title holders.

MMA in LaGrange, NY

MMA in LaGrange, NY

MMA in LaGrange, NY

MMA in LaGrange, NY

We have the highest quality instruction to ensure our student’s success.  Here is a sneak peak at the instruction at Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY

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Jan 032011

Boxing classes in LaGrange, NY at Precision Mixed Martial Arts in are booming!

Boxing classes in LaGrange, NY

Boxing classes in LaGrange, NY

The boxing program at Precision Mixed Martial Arts is always growing in popularity, attracting a wide variety of students, including men, women, and teens. The boxing classes at Precision are top notch, and the students are truly benefiting from them. Primarily taught by Jon Russo and Derrick Ohlhoff, both coaches give great instruction in a patient, and constructive manner and are a large contributing factor to why the Precision MMA boxing classes in LaGrange, NY are always so well attended!

Precision Mixed Martial Arts boxing classes produce results.

There’s a reason why the boxing program at Precision is so popular: it produces the results that the students desire. Those that were overweight have shed pounds and gotten back into shape. Those that wanted to gain confidence are now walking with newfound self respect. Those that wanted to learn self defense can now feel safe when alone. And those that wanted to learn to fight are honing their skills to step into the ring. Boxing classes in LaGrange, NY at Precision have already produced several champions, the newest being AKBF 160lb. boxing champ from LaGrange, NY John Joy!


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