Feb 032017
 

Justin Wren was a mixed martial artist who decided to change the world. Seeking a greater purpose in life, he put his fighting career on hold and set out to make a difference in the lives of those who needed it most. He traveled deep into the jungles of the Congo where he met the Mbuti Pygmies, a persecuted group that lives in slavery and abject poverty.

Justin found the Mbuti Pygmies to be caring, warmhearted people, but watched them be denied the most basic of human rights. Over the next four years, Wren made several trips to the Congo, with one lasting a full year for Wren to stay with the Pygmy people. He lived in the same twig-and-leaf huts they did, slept on the jungle floor and immersed himself in their culture. The Pygmies gave him the name Eféosa, which means “The Man Who Loves Us.”

“I knew for the Pygmies to be free they needed to own their own land, have access to clean water, and develop sustainable agriculture – all for the first time,” says Wren. “I founded the Fight for the Forgotten initiative to work to provide those things to them. With these three simple things, we can begin to break the chain of poverty, suffering, and even modern day slavery.”

Since 2011, Justin and Fight for the Forgotten have provided nearly 3,000 acres of land and 25 water wells to the Pygmies. They have fulltime staff of 18 Congolese nationals who specialize in community development who are working to drill new wells and teach the Pygmies farming practices.

Precision MMA has joined Justin’s fight and this past year they worked to raise nearly $7,000.00 for Water4, the organization that is working to bring clean water to the Mbuti Pygmies and others across the globe who do not have access to clean drinking water.

Here, Justin personally thanks all the generous members of Precision MMA and talks about how the funds raised will be put to good use.

Sep 042016
 

Mickey Gall has been a familiar face to MMA fans since he burst on the scene with a victory on UFC president Dana White’s reality series “Looking for a Fight”. Mickey quickly dispatched of his opponent in the first round and then proceeded to call out WWE superstar CM Punk (aka Phil Brooks).

Dana was interested, but he wanted to see if Mickey was for real so he gave him a tune up fight against new comer Mike Jackson. Mickey once again put his skills on display and dispatched of Jackson in the opening round, solidifying his place under the lights to face off against Punk inside the octagon.

Mickey knew that being a recognized name in the UFC would mean he needed to step his game up. To do so he called on long time training partner and mentor Brian McLaughlin, Precision MMA’s head coach.

Brian has been working specifically on Mickey’s ground and pound and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which has taken his already stellar skills to the next level. Be sure to tune in September 10th on Pay Per View to UFC 203 and cheer on Mickey!

Do you live in Poughkeepsie or the Hudson Valley and dream of one day fighting in the UFC?  Precision MMA can get you there!  Call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.precisionmixedmartialarts.com to get started

Jul 182016
 

Sam Rivera gives  unique look at Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY.  This video is narrated by Precision’s head coach Brian McLaughlin and looks at what motivated him to open Precision as well as what drives students and coaches alike to keep coming back on the mat day after day.

If you live in Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, or anywhere in the Hudson Valley and would like to check out Precision Mixed Martial Arts then check out precisionmixedmartialarts.com or call 845-392-8495

Jan 302016
 

Precision’s head coach Brian McLaughlin was featured in Samuel Rivera’s youtube channel. Sam profiles different BJJ Black Belts around the Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts world to bring to life their stories and philosophies. Precision was pleased to welcome him as he profiled our head coach. Coach Brian talks about his journey to black belt, his passion for teaching children as well as some of his proudest accomplishments. Check it out!

To train with Brian check out www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com

Nov 052015
 

young brian 180x300 Brian McLaughlin A Lifetime of Martial ArtsFor the instructors at Precision MMA martial arts is more than a hobby, it is a way of life.  Head coach Brian McLaughlin started his training back in 1999 as a sophomore in high school.  He began with Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a way to learn self-defense.  He quickly became obsessed with jiu-jitsu training twice daily.  He started his jiu-jitsu journey under black belt Fernando “Cabeca” Sarmento and Marco Delima.  Fernando and Marco later relocated and Brian went on to train with Rob Kahn and Steve Kardian of Thornwood Jiu-jitsu.   As he began gaining jiu-jitsu knowledge his desire to become a complete grappler grew and he began training wrestling under Olympian Dan Sanchez and Hudson Valley standouts Eric Amato and Ian Lindars and Judo under Dutch national team member Jerry Fokas.  This unique combination of wrestling, judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gives Brian a perspective on the art of grappling that few can rival. Around 2005 Brian met Kyokushin karate black belt, golden gloves veteran and muay thai fighter Shennen Maceo.  Brian began training privately with sensei Maceo and sparring with the Tiger Schulmann professional fight team.  As he progressed he decided to pursue professional mixed martial arts competition.  Brian quickly climbed the ranks, winning his first 5 fights by submission all in the first round. tuf 300x217 Brian McLaughlin A Lifetime of Martial ArtsBrian continued his martial arts growth boxing at Demorest boxing where he became a student of one of the top amateur fighters in the region and now famed trainer Derrek Ohlhoff.  Derrek refined Brian’s technique and had him sparring at many of the region’s toughest boxing gyms.  At this time Brian was invited to compete in the UFC’s tournament “The Ultimate Fighter”.  Brian was pitted against tough veteran and fellow jiu-jitsu expert Brandon Gardner.  Brian dominated the fight and moved on in the competition.  However, a post-fight medical exam revealed that he had suffered a broken nose in the fight and was deemed medically ineligible to continue. With his mixed martial arts career on hold Brian focused on furthering his accomplishments in the sport of grappling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Brian earned submission victories against some of the toughest competitors in the world including Ryan Hall and Wilson Reis – both current starts in the UFC. ama 300x224 Brian McLaughlin A Lifetime of Martial Arts Brian furthered his mixed martial arts training by joining the AMA Fight Club.  Here he trained Jiu-jitsu under famed Renzo Gracie Black Belt Jamey Cruz and muay thai under the legendary Kaensak Sor Ploenjit, widely considered one of the best fighters of all time from muay thai’s golden era.  At AMA Brian would have access to some of the best training partners in the world including former UFC champion Frankie Edgar, former WEC champion Jamie Varner and current Bellator world champion Marcoc Galvao. In 2009 Brian would return to MMA competition to fight former BJJ world champion Rene Nazare.  The fight was a back and forth battle in which Brian suffered his first professional defeat via split decision.  The fight was later voted Northeast Fight of the Year.  Unfortunately, following this fight Brian would have many fights fall through at the last moment and the grind of training camps resulted in numerous injuries.  Brian would fight twice more before deciding to walk away from the sport and focus his efforts on coaching. In 2004 Brian began teaching while still active as a competitor.  Although always a passionate instructor, Brian’s efforts were divided as he was still fightingprecision 300x225 Brian McLaughlin A Lifetime of Martial Arts.  Once he retired and put 100% of his efforts into teaching his gym grew exponentially.  Today Precision Mixed Martial Arts boasts several hundred students and is home to multiple black belt instructors, as well as golden gloves, muay thai and mixed martial arts champions.  There are success stories of everyday men, women and children who have changed their lives through martial arts by learning to defend themselves, gaining discipline and focus, or regaining their health and fitness.

 

In the realm of professional competition Brian is currently one of the most sought after coaches in the northeast.  He has coached and cornered fighters such as Jim and Dan Miller to UFC victories as well as international champions such as King of Pancrase Andy Main.  His coaching has brought him across the country and around the world – from Atlantic City and Las Vegas to Tokyo, Japan and Uberlandia, Brazil.

andy kop 300x300 Brian McLaughlin A Lifetime of Martial Arts   In addition to teaching, Brian continues his martial arts study under jiu-jitsu expert and MMA legend Javier Vazquez as well as his long-time coach Derrick Ohlhoff. To gain the knowledge he currently has Brian had to train at half a dozen different gyms across three different states.  The travel would become so hectic he would at times sleep in his car and live out of a suitcase.  At one point he was spending over $400 per month for training.  He promised himself that one day he would make sure that someone with the same passion as him would not have to go through the same hurdles to become a complete martial artist.  He built Precision MMA with that vision in mind.       Today Precision is the Hudson Valley’s largest martial arts facility boasting a tremendous 5,000 sq foot facility.  Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, muay thai, boxing and mixed martial arts can all be learned under one roof from expert coaches.  Multiple classes are held 7 days a week and the gym is even open during every holiday. If you want to change your life through martial arts call Precision today at 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com

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Apr 292014
 

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This past weekend Precision’s head coach Brian McLaughlin was at the UFC cornering Jim Miller and Charlie Brenneman. Check out this article detailing the fight preparation leading up to Jim’s show stopping submission victory.

 

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Mar 092014
 

In many ways training martial arts is easier today than ever before.  The popularity of MMA competition has made arts such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai more accessible to the public.  The internet has allowed techniques to travel across the world in a matter of seconds.  Schools such as Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY now have experts in striking and grappling under the same roof in large world class facilities.  When I began training in the 90′s BJJ and muay thai were unknown.  There were very few training partners to work with and the gyms were small “hole in the wall” facilities.  Instructional videos were few and far between.  Gyms would not mix their styles so I would have to travel to one gym for boxing, another for jiu-jitsu, another for muay thai and still another for wrestling.

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Martial arts today is almost a completely different world in 2014.  However, one thing has remained constant – the essential steps for success.  Half my life has been dedicated to training and in that time I have narrowed the path to greatness down to a three step recipe.

#1 Make martial arts a priority in your life

Seems simple enough, but this is the most neglected step in the success formula.  If you want to become great at something it has to become a lifestyle.  Our priorities are things that hold a strong place in our daily routines.  They are the things that must get done.  Other things must work around our priorities.  This can come up in many ways in our daily life.  For example, if you want to add a “movie night” to your weekly routine make sure it’s not during your class time.  If you have a test to study for wake up earlier or go to bed later, but do not allow it to replace your mat time.  If there is a time draining activity like playing video games or watching reality TV that makes getting to class difficult eliminate it.  Treat your training time like a no-excuse, must attend obligation and success will be difficult to avoid.  Additionally, make sure your lifestyle supports your martial arts training.  This may mean prioritizing rest so that you can properly recover from hard sessions or improving your diet so you have the fuel to make it through long sessions.

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#2 Show up

Their is an old saying that 80% of success is simply showing up. If you are absent from class you’ll never pass the test.  People will often tell me how important martial arts is in their life, but actions speak louder than words.  The ones who mean are those with the most marks on their attendance card.  Additionally, the more your are in class the more your instructor can understand your learning style and physical abilities as well as limitations.  A teacher and student that work together on a regular and uninterrupted basis have an understanding that brings out the best in both of them.  Your ability to get to class is directly proportional to how much of a priority you’ve made martial arts in your life, in that way the first two steps are forever linked.

 

#3 Training the right way

Sometimes the biggest determinant of success is not simply the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours.  When it’s time to train turn your cell phone off, focus your mind and commit yourself wholly to improving.  Drill with a purpose, ask questions when confused, follow your coaches advice, step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself.  There are some people with 10 years of experience and then others with one year repeated ten times.  The difference is the amount of effort that is put forth in expanding one’s abilities.  If you struggle with your guard begin rolling from your back, if your head movement is lacking make yourself do rounds of pure defense – don’t avoid your pitfalls, but rather face them head on.

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This is the formula used by myself and many others to find success inside the four walls at Precision MMA.  The nice part of this recipe is that it doesn’t rely on anything other than hard work and dedication abilities which are naturally within the grasp of all.  Choose to be successful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking to train mixed martial arts in LaGrange, NY?  Check out Precision MMA Free for 30 Days call 845-392-845 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com

 

 

 

 

 

Author Brian McLaughlin is the head coach at Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY.  He is a Tampa Gracie black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as well as a former professional mixed martial artist with over 15 years of training.

Mar 062014
 

Precision MMA prides itself on having the top instructors in the Hudson Valley.  Our coaching staff includes muay thai champions, division1 wrestlers, BJJ Black belts, golden gloves boxers and MMA fighters who combined represent over 100 years of martial arts knowledge.

However, no coaching staff knows everything.  One of the unique things about Precision MMA is that several times a year we bring in elite experts for intensive seminars so that our staff and students alike can learn fresh techniques from some of the world’s most erudite instructors.

To help build our MMA and BJJ programs UFC superstars Jim and Dan Miller came to Precision, focusing on techniques they have made work inside the octagon.  The seminar included throws and takedowns as well as a myriad of chokes that Jim and Dan have used to submit the very best fighters in the world.

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For striking Precision MMA head coach Brian McLaughlin brought in his personal muay thai coach, the legendary Kaensak Sor Ploenjit.  Kaensak is the only fighter in muay thai histroy to be twice awarded the prestigious title of “fighter of the year”.  Kaensak taught his innovative and flashy muay thai style that has allowed him to become one of the most sought after strikers in the entire world

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To check out Kaensak in action watch the video below:

Precision has also played host to seminars from Tampa Gracie black belt Matt Arroyo, BJJ legend Dave Camarillo and numerous other elite coaches.

The next seminar coming to Precision MMA will be Javier Vazquez, famous for his “strike based jiu-jitsu” system, which is fast becoming the number 1 system for self defense based ground fighting.  Javier is a decorated BJJ champion, UFC veteran and learns first hand from the Gracie family. Javi will be coming to Precision the first week in May, mark your calendars!

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