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.
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.
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