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

May 202013
dutchess county mma

Dutchess County MMA Gym

Not all Mixed Martial Arts gyms in Dutchess County, or anywhere for that matter, are created equal.  Aside from all the skills necessary to successfully teach martial arts classes, knowing what equipment is necessary for a good facility and having an eye for presentation are entirely different matters.  Many Mixed Martial Arts instructors tend to believe that teaching is everything and entirely neglect the training space in which they teach, feeling that the lessons are the only important thing.  Many a world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has been known to teach out of their garage or in their basement.  While it is true that the die-hard Mixed Martial Artists and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners will train just about anywhere so long as the instruction is quality, we must remember that they only comprise maybe 5-10% max of those who seek out instruction.  In fact, of those serious mixed martial artists, most of them started off casually and may have been turned off by an uncleanly, unkempt and cramped facility if they had been looking for a top notch school.  In addition to this, many future mixed martial artists start as children needing their parents’ consent, and so it is important that a facility not only looking good to the trainee, but also his or her legal guardians, as well as the passers-by in the street who may be put off by an unattractive training space.  Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York has recently made renovations to make it even more use-friendly and attractive to the general public, as well as more useful to its long time students. In this blog we will cover some of the changes made and aspects which make Precision MMA the premier training facility in Dutchess County.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County, New York is a total of 5,000 square feet including the waiting area, the mat, the ring, the bathroom and changing room.  This is already a much larger facility than most martial arts gyms.  We had previously had only 3,400 square feet of training space, in terms of the training mats and boxing gym, but recent renovations have added 600 square feet of mat space to our facility, giving us a whopping 4,000 square feet of training space.  The fact that even decided to make any renovations at all, given that the amount of training space we had previously had was already twice that of the total space of many gyms, shows our students and potential students that we are always striving for improvement.  Some of the renovations, like the repositioning of our 20 by 20 foot boxing ring, something else most gyms do not offer, had to do with the fact that we felt the ring itself sometimes got in the way of the kids classes.  Children would sometimes stray towards the ring area, making the class a bit more chaotic.  For this reason, in addition to our desire to offer more mat space, we decided to move the ring to the corner of the gym and knock down one wall.  The result has been nothing less than astounding.  The ring is no longer a hindrance during the kid’s classes and all of our students have been raving about the extra mat space which also makes us a safer facility because students are less likely to collide into each other while practicing takedowns.  This an important point to make because many other Mixed Martial Arts schools in Dutchess County do not even include takedowns in their curriculum because of lack of space.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County offers just about every sort of training equipment a student could want.  Along with our extensive mat space and 20 by 20 foot boxing ring, we have an assortment of bags which can be used for striking, including heavy bags, slip bags, long Thai bags, double end bags, uppercut bags and a human shaped training dummy we affectionately call “Bob”.  We also have multiple other types of training equipment, such as pull up bars, resistance bands, a crash pad, zebra mats and medicine balls.  Most other Mixed Martial Arts schools in Dutchess County do not have this wide assortment of training equipment.  We also have an assortment of hand-held pads for our Muay Thai and Boxing classes, including kicking pads, Thai pads and punching mitts, all which have their own antimicrobial bio-shields to insure that none of our students who use them contract any sort of skin conditions.  In addition, we have multiple jump ropes, foam rollers which can be used for any cramps developed during training and a very useful timer we use to keep track of the length of our Mixed Martial Arts, boxing and Muay Thai rounds for our aspiring fighters.  We even have padded walls which are very useful for Mixed Martial Arts training for simulating the surface of a cage and which prevent injury.  Again, most mixed martial arts gyms do not offer all this equipment, in fact, many necessaries are ignorant to the many uses these training tools have, and it is their students who lose out in the end.

In addition to training equipment, Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County has many other features which make its’ facility accommodating to students, aspiring students, parents and visitors in general.  Because we have so much mat space we are able to teach two classes at a time, which is very convenient for both our students and instructors.  To accommodate this we include two large dividing curtains which can be placed between separate classes so that the training spaces are kept separate.  We also have a good sized changing room for our mixed martial arts students, something which many gyms do not have, forcing their students to have no option other than to change in the bathroom.  Of course, we also have a sanitary bathroom including a shower, another feature most schools do not have, and which helps many of our students who drive longer distances from contracting contagious skin diseases by rapid washing after class.  We also have large leather couches for parents of students and visitors, benches for our students to sit on, so they don’t get the couches sweaty, a cabinet where students’ shoes can be kept, as well as a fridge a flat screen TV and dvd player, and a desk and computer for our employees.  We are also keep our gym sanitary at all times, mop all mats and the ring at least once or more a day, and spray down all equipment, which are measures that many schools do not take and which result in the spreading of infectious skin diseases.

As can be seen, the new and improved Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess, county New York has all its bases covered as a facility.  Come by and check us out for 30 free days and you will not be disappointed.

Dutchess County MMA

Dutchess County MMA

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 http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com