Jun 202013
Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley Martial arts

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.

Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley martial arts

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.

Hudson Valley martial arts

Hudson Valley martial arts

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



Jun 172013

Hudson Valley Muay Thai at Precision MMA


Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

The Hudson Valley now has a dedicated muay thai program in the heart of LaGrange, NY.  Precision Mixed Martial Arts is the Hudson Valley’s best equipied and most reputable muay thai program.  Muay Thai is known as the “art of eight weapons”.  This title has been given due to the art’s dynamic striking which involves kicks, knees, punches and elbows. Not just for competitors, Muay Thai training also offers Hudson Valley residents a fantastic way to learn effective and realistic self defense while building strength and losing weight.  Precision Mixed Martial Arts brings together Hudson valley martial artists from all walks of life with a variety of different programs available to suite each person’s unique goals.

If your goal is to get in the best shape possible while having fun and learning new techniques then our muay thai fundamentals and circuit training classes suit your perfectly.  In these classes our Hudson Valley muay thai coaches put students through routines that will challenge students to reach new heights of fitness and martial arts.  Our Hudson Valley martial arts coaches are not drill instructors.  You’ll be learning muay thai in a safe, clean and encouraging environment where the energy is high and the atmosphere is positive and supportive.  A common misconception is that you have to be “in shape” before joining muay thai.  This is not true; in fact our instructors will work with you to help you reach your potential, even if you haven’t exercised in years.  We’ve helped hundreds of people throughout the Hudson Valley transform themselves through our muay thai programs, we want you to be our next success story!

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

Already experienced in muay thai and looking to take your training to the next level?  Are you a competitor or wish to become one?  Precision has the perfect Hudson Valley Muay Thai program for you as well.  The head muay thai coach at Precision Mixed Martial Arts is Karl Nemeth.  Karl is a three time AKBF (American Kickboxing Federation) Muay Thai Champion.  The AKBF is the largest muay thai competition in the Hudson Valley and Karl is recognized as one of the organization’s finest fighters.  The coaches at Precision MMA are the most dedicated muay thai coaches in the Hudson Valley and to hone their craft they train under some of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world, including muay thai legend Kaensak Sor Poenjit.  Kaensak is a veteran of over 300 fights and the only fighter to twice be awarded Thailand’s prestigious title of “Fighter of the year”.  Precision coaches make the journey to Whippany New Jersey every week to learn Kaensak’s incredible techniques and pass it on to their Hudson Valley students.

Check out some of the incredible muay thai techniques being taught in the Hudson Valley at Precision MMA!

If you live in the Hudson Valley and want to train Muay Thai there is a very special offer now available.   Precision MMA is offering a 30 Day Free trial for it’s muay thai program!  Call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemuaythai.com to get started on your Hudson Valley Muay Thai journey today!

Jun 042013
Hudson Valley Martial Arts

Hudson Valley Muay Thai

The martial art of Muay Thai has a rich and diverse history dating all the way back to sixteenth century Siam. Though some of the techniques of its precursors, such as Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran have fallen out of favor, the most effective techniques of the style continue to be taught and practiced today at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York. Muay Thai programs are often advertised as being authentic while being anything but. We at Precision MMA encourage aspiring Muay Thai students to do their history so they know before signing up that they are getting the original product, and there is no other gym in Dutchess County that offers Thai boxing which comes straight from the source like we do.

The lineage of Muay Thai and it’s variant forms can be traced all the way back to the Ayuddhaya period of sixteenth century Siam, the country which is now known as Thailand. During this era, in 1590 to be exact, began the reign of King Naresuan. At this time all of the Siamese soldiers were required to be skilled in the arts of Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran, which eventually adapted into modern day Muay Thai. During the reign of King Naresuan, parts of Siam were being ruled by the Burmese and the King himself actually used these arts to fight the Burmese Prince and drive the foreigners from the country we now know as Thailand. As such, it makes perfect sense that Muay Thai is today considered a sacred sport in Thailand, since it is largely responsible for it’s independence. Though many of the weapons used in Krabi Krabong, such as the sword, dagger, staff, and spear, among others, are no longer taught in Muay Thai, many of the techniques from it’s companion art, Muay Boran, continue to be included in Muay Thai today and are taught and practiced at Precision MMA in Dutchess County.

Though the arts of Muay Thai, Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong were already popular, it was not until 1703 during the reign of Luang Sorasak, known as “The Tiger King”, that they became truly widespread. Sorasak himself grew to love Muay Thai so much that he would frequently wear a mask and engage in Muay Thai fights with local champions, knowing that they would not consciously fight against their ruler. Sorask required all his soldiers to be experts in Muay Thai and the art’s popularity exploded, just as the art is exploding today in Dutchess County and all around the United States.

Muay Thai was used once again by the army of King Taksin in 1767 to drive out the Burmese forces who had been occupying Thailand for the past nine years. Indeed, the Burmese have had a long history of warfare with Thailand, which has been recurring throughout the centuries. Through the use of authentic Thai boxing, as it is taught at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, the Thai were able to once again gain their independence and restore their country to it’s former size after freeing more than 10,000 thais who had become slaves to the Burmese.

However, the art of Muay Thai as taught today in Dutchess County did not begin to evolve from its parent art of Muay Boran until the reign of King Rama the 5th in 1868. Prior to this the style had been mainly bare knuckle, or at the very least had involved participants who bound their hands with hemp rope, and much like the similar style of Burmese boxing head butts had been a legal technique. Many differences exist between the former art of Muay Boran and the modern art of Muay Thai. For example, Muay Boran fighters had originally employed a much lower stance in order to perform many flying movement which have these days been deemed impractical. Though many flying attacks are still taught in Muay Thai, which are also included in the syllabus at Precision in Dutchess County, the ancient style of Muay Boran included some which can only be seen these days at the movie theater if one happens to go out to see the latest Tony Jaa flick. Maneuvers like using the opponents’ knee or other body parts as a base to jump off of to deliver flying knees and elbows and climbing up the opponent’s body to deliver strikes were commonplace. Many of the movements we see used by video game characters that imitate the Muay Thai style have in fact come from Muay Boran. However, other differences were the inclusion of standing joint locks, and other techniques used for self-defense which no longer have a place in modern day Muay Thai prizefights. Now, these techniques can be learned at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York as a part of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts’ programs. In fact, both the desire to exclude the more impractical techniques of Muay Boran, as well to exclude those deemed too dangerous for ring combat were influences in the evolution from Muay Boran to modern day Muay Thai. During this era Thailand was at peace so Muay Thai was no longer needed as an art for the battlefield and became a common sport and national pass time. Many fights were between members of Thai royalty or the Thai army and military titles were actually awarded to the victories of Muay Thai bouts. At this point the style came to look like what we teach today at Precision in Dutchess County. The emphasis was on practical moves which could be used for both sport and self-defense, such as knees, elbows, high percentage kicks and punches.

During the reign of King Rama the 7th from 1925-1935 the art of Muay Thai made it’s final adjustments as a sport in Thailand. Shortly before the King’s ascension to the throne, in 1921, a boxing ring was used for a Muay Thai bout for the first time. Prior to this the crowd that had gathered to watch the contest had simply maintained the boundaries for the combatants. The hemp ropes, which had formerly been used to wrap the hands of the fighters, were replaced with boxing gloves and codified rules were first put in place. It was at this point that the Muay Thai style as practiced today at Precision in Dutchess County and around the world became nationally recognized as distinct from the Muay Boran style which had predated it.

Now distinct from the ancient and often impractical style of Muay Boran and the antiquated style of Krabi Krabong, truly authentic Muay Thai kickboxing is booming in popularity worldwide and can be learned straight from the source at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York. Precision’s head Muay Thai instructor Karl Nemeth is himself an AKBF Muay Thai champion who has learned the style straight from none other than world famous Muay Thai champion Kaensak Sor Ploenjit. Kaensak is considered to be amongst the top five greatest Muay Thai fighters who has ever lived, and that’s including all of the ancient practitioners of Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong and members of royalty who practiced these arts, such as “The Tiger King” Luang Sorasak. With 30 years of experience in the art and having had over 300 fights, Kaensak is an authentic Nak Muay (the thai term for kickboxer) in every sense of the word. As such, when students at Precision in Dutchess County learn Muay Thai from Karl they are learning techniques which are one hundred percent Thai in origin and are pure in their direct lineage from ancient Thai masters. Every kick, punch, knee, elbow, trip and clinch tactic taught by Karl was shown to him by Kaensak himself who proved it’s effectiveness in over 300 Thai fights in packed stadiums all across Thailand. Other martial arts’ schools can hardly make the same claim. In fact, it would be extremely difficult to find more than one or two schools in all of the United States, let alone Dutchess County, which can claim such a pure lineage. Most would have to travel to Thailand to get this sort of instruction, but Precision in Dutchess County offers it for an affordable price at an accessible and newly renovated location. Precision is also on the cutting edge of a further evolution of Muay Thai in terms of how it can properly be used in a Mixed Martial Arts’ context. Along with Karl, our head Mixed Martial Arts’ and Jiu-Jitsu instructor Brian McLaughlin can also show students how authentic traditional Muay Thai can be combined with arts like BJJ, Wrestling and Boxing to produce a well-rounded fighter. But most of all, our product speaks for itself, since the Muay Thai Karl teaches (as taught to him by Kaensak) is now producing more authentic Nak Muays at Dutchess County’s Precision who are themselves using the art to win local kickboxing fights in spectacular fashion.

From Krabi Krabong to Muay Boran to modern day Muay Thai Kickboxing, the same striking art which the ancient Thais and Siamese used to defend their country against the Burmese is alive and well at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York. Hundreds of years and thousands of miles have only increased the effectiveness of this diverse fighting style which has found equal success in the ring and on the battlefield. Come train with Karl at Precision for 30 free days and learn Muay Thai straight from the source.

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Dutchess County Muay Thai

Precision MMA in Dutchess County is now offering a 30-Day FREE trial to all new Dutchess County Muay Thai students.  If you’re interested in training Muay Thai at the Hudson Valley’s premiere martial arts gym, then give us a call at 845-392-8495.  You can also stop in at 1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville NY 12540.

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.poughkeepsiemuaythai.com