Aug 272015

When people ask me who my favorite grappler is they are often surprised that I put a 13 year old girl at the top of the heap, but for my money Grace Gundrum is as good as it gets.  Grace is a student at 10th planet Bethlehem and she has made a name for herself on the local grappling circuit easily disposing of girls and boys of all shapes and sizes in dramatic fashion.  Aside from her incredible rubber guard and inventive submissions, the thing I love about Grace is her quiet respectful demeanor and her calm, almost timid disposition – the antithesis of the chest pounding bravado that dominates much of the sport. Over the past two years I’ve shared the mat with Grace’s coaches JM Holland and Zac Maslany, two brown belts with unrivaled passion for jiu-jitsu.  Zac and Holland have brought Grace to the forefront of the submission grappling world with repeat appearances at the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) – the world’s most prestigious submission only tournament. At both events Grace stole the show by besting some of the country’s top young grapplers. Following her victory at the last EBI her coach told me that my techniques had a hand in her victory posting this image on social media


@brianwmclaughlin taught me this choke series we showed @gracegundrum the rest is history Grace











This was one of my proudest moments as a jiu-jitsu coach.  The future of jiu-jitsu is in good hands and I’m happy to have a small fingerprint of this generation’s brightest star.


Read more about Grace HERE
Would you like your child to be the next grappling sensation? Check out Precision MMA’s kids program at or call 845-392-8495

Jul 212015

How Martial Arts Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

In the past 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has doubled. As of 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Preventing childhood obesity also prevents diseases like type two diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. Unhealthy habits often begin in youth, so it is important that your child is on the right track. The main areas of concern with children are poor eating patterns and lack of physical activity.

Unfortunately, with all this technology around, it’s hard for children to stay off of their iPads or iPhones. That’s why it is a great idea to invest in Martial Arts classes for your child. It gives your child motivation to want to be physically active while doing a fun activity that they enjoy. During a Martial Arts class, your child can burn calories while becoming more fit and comfortable with their body. Martial Arts classes are an easy access to being regularly physically active and discovering a liking to health and fitness.

Martial arts training contributes to the loss of excess fat and the bulding of muscle. Not only will your child know how to defend themselves, they obtain a new and different skill while dropping excess weight.
Whether your child is already healthy, could be healthier, or not healthy at all, Martial Arts would benefit any type of child.

Interested in making your child healthy with the Martial Arts Lifestyle? Contact Precision MMA at or call us at 845-392-8495!

Jun 302015

Many people do not know that karate can help your child achieve confidence, discipline, and self-determination. Karate has been used throughout Asia for centuries and has benefited children all around the world. There are several misconceptions towards karate, but after reading this article your possible doubts will vanish. Here are 10 benefits of karate for children. 10. It builds self-confidence. As your child advances and gets better, he or she will gain confidence in themselves. When they train, they learn to push themselves and go outside their comfort zones. They also learn eye contact, which for many people even as adults is an uncomfortable and difficult thing to do. 9. It helps with their social skills. Does your child have a difficult time getting along with others? Finding friends? Karate classes expose children to other peers their age and will teach them how to work with others. 8. It gets them involved in an extracurricular activity. Is your child looking for something to do after school? Karate will keep your child busy doing something productive when they aren’t in school. There are many options of extracurricular activities that you can choose from, but karate is one that gives your child the amount of exercise they need every day. 7. Discipline. Your child will learn how to obey and respect authority figures. During karate class, your child will practice referring to authority figures as sir or ma’am, and to follow instructions given to them.   6. It helps to excel in other activities and sports. Karate helps teach you how to breathe correctly and gives you a sense of coordination, which is beneficial with all sports like swimming, track and field, soccer, and gymnastics. 5. It improves flexibility. Your child will become all around more flexible which also benefits other sports. Flexibility is needed for many activities and also for regular every day life. It’s a skill that is important to maintain, and it’s a good idea to start learning flexibility at a younger age. 4. Karate helps children with focusing. Does your child have a rough time staying on task or paying attention? Karate will help your child stay focused. Your child will often be training one on one with a partner, and it is an important skill to be focused and not distracted. 3. Self-defense. Your child will never have to worry about another kid physically bullying them or threatening to hurt them. They will learn many different methods to defend themselves if another child or adult is coming at them, and will be taught that using violence is always a last resort option. 2. It moves them in the right direction. When you involve your child in extracurricular activities, it puts them on the right path and keeps them out of trouble. Often times, troubled kids are those that have too much free time. They don’t have anything else to do but go out and find trouble. With karate, your child will be busy doing a productive activity and staying out of trouble. 1. Encourages children to set goals. Karate teaches kids to create goals for themselves and to strive toward them. Your child will feel a sense of accomplishment whenever they receive a new belt, and will learn to work towards their goals knowinng   If you’re still having second thoughts about sending your child to Kids karate classes, take a look for yourself. Start a 30 day free trial at Precision MMA and witness your child acquire all of these benefits. You can reach us at (845)-392-8495 or visit our website at

kids karate poughkeepsoe

kids karate poughkeepsoe

May 302013

Few gyms in the Hudson Valley area of New York offer the eclectic and effective striking art of Muay Thai kickboxing.  Fewer still have a facility which accommodates serious striking training.  Believe it or not, many martial arts’ gyms do not have proper equipment, lack heavy bags, pads, and most do not even have a ring to train in.  At best, these gyms are lacking in some quality training tools, and at worst, they can be overcrowded, chaotic and at times, unsafe.  Many of these problems are due to lack of training space.  Precision MMA in Hudson Valley, New York was already the premier Muay Thai gym in the area, but now that we have added 500 square feet of mat space, we are better than ever before.

The Hudson Valley area of New York has plenty of martial arts’ gyms which claim to offer effective striking, but very few offer the authentic Muay Thai which Precision MMA in Lagrangeville has.  The few that do, do not have the amount of mat space that we have, a

kaensak muay thai in poughkeepsie

kaensak muay thai in poughkeepsie

nd perhaps see no need for increasing it.  Precision MMA originally had a very adequate 3,500 square feet of training space which we have increased to 4,000 feet just to accommodate our students.  Other Muay Thai gyms which lack the space we have can actually be dangerous.  It is difficult for multiple sparring sessions to go on at once in a tight space because different groups of training partners can accidentally collide with each other leading to injuries.  No one wants this and yet, some schools refuse to make renovations to lessen the chances of this happening.  Instead, if they perceive that multiple sparring sessions at once may increase the chances for injury they may only allow one or two groups to spar at once, which wastes the training time of all those sitting on the sidelines waiting for their chance.  Or otherwise, they may allow multiple groups to spar at once without taking the hazards into account, and this could create disaster.  Precision’s Muay Thai program in the Hudson Valley has a spacious 4,000 square feet of mat space for our strikers to utilize, which includes a 20 by 20 foot boxing ring, something that many other schools do not offer.

The extra mat space also allows our Muay Thai students the room to make use of our many different training tools which include a maze bag, an uppercut bag, a heavy bag, a speed bag, a bob bag, a double end bag and a long bag.  We also have a great assortment of focus mitts which get a great deal of usage, as well as multiple jump ropes, a crash pad for practicing takedowns, and a foam roller to help us deal with muscular aches after our hard Muay Thai sessions.

Clearly Precision MMA’s Muay Thai program in the Hudson Valley has been streamlined for success.  We are never satisfied with the bare minimum and are constantly striving for improvement.  Our extra training space has even given our instructors more new ideas for how to increase the quality of our product.  Keep an eye on Precision in the Hudson Valley because there’s more to come in the way of accommodations.

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

Mar 182013

kids-martialartsGrowing up isn’t always easy. Just as the adult world is fraught with all sorts of competition, whether business related or otherwise, so too is a child’s world full of social obstacles. From a young age each child makes particular friends, which often distinguish him as a part of a social “clique”, at whatever school he attends. Being outside these cliques often subjects a child to bullying, which can be physical and/or verbal. Kids can be very cruel at times and will pressure each other in different ways and not all parents are able to provide their children with the necessary tools to defend themselves against bullies. However, if a child becomes involved in martial arts, such as those offered at Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley, they can learn to take matters into their own hands and become more confident in dealing with bullying and social pressure. When children learn to defend themselves physically they change from the inside out: they become more confident and this confidence shows in the way they hold themselves and conduct themselves daily. The reasons for enrolling ones’ child in martial arts at the Hudson Valley’s Precision MMA are nearly endless, and it’s something every parent should strongly consider.

The first thing to consider before enrolling one’s child in a martial arts program, such as those offered by Precision Kid’s MMA in the Hudson valley, is which style the child is interested in. A parent should have his child watch one of the kids’ classes ahead of time and let him choose which class he would like to attend so he feels from the start as though he himself is the one in power. Forcing ones kids to partake in an activity rarely provides the best emotional outcomes, and when the child later sees the progress he has made and remembers that it was he himself who chose to partake, it will make him feel all the more empowered. Once the child has chosen a martial arts class, such as either Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai kickboxing, all are offered by Precision Martial arts in the Hudson Valley, they will see from the start that this sort of training isn’t always easy. In fact, while the training should be fun, it should also be challenging so that the student knows he has accomplished something when he makes it through a difficult class. Especially if started at a young age, the child will be able to see his musculature develop as he grows and this will give him a greater sense of self-confidence. At school his peers will notice the physical changes taking place in him and they will most likely also notice him carrying himself with more confident body posturing as a result of the hard training. This should in general help a young martial arts student from Precision MMA to avoid being the victim of bullying. Kids generally tend to look for their physically weaker classmates to pick on, as well as those who appear to lack in self-confidence, and so young martial artists will not be the greatest choice of victims.

As a child grows into his teen years and pressures mount, if he has been doing martial arts for years at an esteemed school, such as Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley, he will at this point be quite confident in his skills to defend himself physically should the need ever arise. Of course, violence is always best avoided at all costs, but that is why martial arts training is all the more effective for preventing bullying, because when one knows how to fight, they are less likely to feel defensive and more likely to stay out of trouble as a consequence. Just as lack of self confidence shows in body posture, and makes a child more likely to be a victim of bullying, so too does lack of self confidence breed defensiveness, and this defensiveness often leads kids to become bullies themselves. If a child or teenager feels that they are lacking in some area they are likely to want to take their frustration out on others and become a physical or verbal bully. Hudson Valley martial arts students gain the confidence necessary through their training to overcome these feelings of defensiveness so they will be just as unlikely to become the school bully, as they are to become a victim of bullying. The constant training in techniques based in real world self defense will give them the peace of mind to know that they can handle physical attack, and so if a bully threatens them, either physically or verbally, they will be more likely to laugh it off than actually engage and risk injury, school expulsion or other consequences.

Moreover, martial arts training at Precision Mixed martial arts in Hudson Valley, New York, breeds discipline. Students know that if they want to improve they are going to have to make sacrifices and work diligently. They will see that if they do not properly apply themselves they will not get the results they want and this will likely cross over to other areas of their lives. They may see that if they don’t finish their homework ahead of time they will not have time to attend their martial arts classes, and so as they grow to enjoy them they may learn better time management to get their assignments done early and become better students as a result. And in this way, not only do young Hudson Valley martial artists become more confident because of their physical abilities, but also because of their overall life success. Precision MMA instructors also stress respect for oneself and ones’ peers, so a martial arts’ student at Precision is not likely to victimize or ostracize his classmates or engage in any form of bullying. In addition, Precision in the Hudson Valley often acts as a “home away from home” for many young kids looking for something to do after school or on the weekends. Martial arts training generally keeps kids busy so that they don’t have too much idle time to get into trouble.

In summation, bullies tend to stay away from winners, realizing that the other kids who are highly successful will not be the easiest targets. Martial arts training at Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley helps make kids into winners, not only on the mat or in sport competition, but in school and in life as well.

12076823-precision-frontGet Your Child Started at Precision Mixed Martial Arts Today!  Make sure to ask about our 30-day FREE trial!

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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

Mar 142013

Precision Mixed Martial Arts Poughkeepsie Kid’s program is focused on building strong martial artists that have success on and off the mat.  Precision MMA has a life skills program that ensures that as kids progress through the martial arts they are also keeping up with their school work, being respectful at home and working to improve their communities.  Poughkeepsie Kids enrolled at Precision will become confident martial artists who have the tools to defend themselves and the self esteem to keep them from being targeted in the first place.

Don’t take our word for it though – parents across the Hudson Valley are seeing the results of Precision’s kids martial arts program.  Travis Outwater has two of his boys enrolled and had this to say about the training his sons are receiving at Precision Mixed Martial Arts:

My name is Travis, we’ve been training at Precision MMA for a couple years now, my sons Aiden and Tristen.  Training here is probably the best decision we ever made.  The kid’s school work has improved tremendously, their behavior has improved tremendously and physically I can tell they are much stronger and they love it here.  The coaches are great, the staff is great all the training partners are fantastic.  Aiden, he’s 10 and he even comes in on Sunday when there’s all adults here and everybody makes time for him so he can work things and practice stuff and really all around it has just been a great experience.  So if you’re considering enrolling your kids in a martial arts program I would have to say that Precision MMA is far and away your best choice in this area.

-Travis Outwater

Hudson Valley Kids Martial Arts

Hudson Valley Kids Martial Arts



If you’re interested in enrolling your child in the top Poughkeepsie kids martial arts program in the Hudson Valley contact Precision Mixed Martial Arts at 845-392-8495 or visit

Dec 132012

Obesity in America has been called an epidemic by many.  Often times the habits and behaviors of adults are the habits and behaviors their children will adopt.  Obesity has become a problem for many families because a parent or both has not practiced healthy habits in either their diet or exercise routine.  Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts is a great place to change this lifestyle.  Poughkeepsei Family Martial Arts provides an opportunity to change these bad habits in the adult and let them become a the role model their child needs. 

Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts

Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts

Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts  offers classes to both children and adults.  Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts is open seven days a week and it’s schedule is built with the needs of families in mind.  The consistency with which you can attend classes is very important, it leaves no excuse to not train.  Time, as simple as it may seem, is one of the most important ways to express yourself and your views.  Time spent at a gym or going to a gym shows the kind of importance with which an individuals views fitness.  If you spend more time idling at a fast food drive thru window then you do at a gym your child will notice, even if it is not on a conscious level.  They will begin to have priorities that will be nearly identical to your own. These priorities need to be rearranged.  Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts can become a way to convey to your child how important physical fitness and overall health is. 

Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts offers classes that are not like your typical gym experience.  The classes are interesting and challenge you in ways that keep it interesting and in some sense evoke a kind of playfulness and sense of wonder that isn’t easy to find.  The classes at Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts are intellectually stimulating as well.  They provide you with the opportunity to learn real self-defense techniques and potentially the chance to compete.  These other goals complement overall fitness goals and can be a real boost when the more exercise oriented parts become draining.  I have personally never been able to lose weight, and perhaps more importantly keep it off, without Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts.  The type of service provided by Poughkeepsie Family Martial Arts is second to none and is what you need to get on the track to healthy living. 

Come in and try our FREE 30 day trial and private lesson.  Give us a call at 845-392-8495, email us at or go to 

Dec 062012

Lagrange Martial Arts for Children is a program designed specifically with your child’s needs in mind.  Lagrange Martial Arts for Children can help develop important life skills while teaching self-defense techniques.  Lagrange Martial Arts For Children   has instructors who strive to give your child the most valuable martial arts experience they can.  Our schedule is made with the needs of a school age child in mind and will never interfere with important things like homework and studying.  Lagrange Martial Arts for Childrenis the perfect complement to the skills that a child learns in school.

Lagrange Martial Arts for Children

Lagrange Martial Arts for Children

Lagrange Martial Arts for Children has created a program that teaches martial arts.  Our instructors are qualified in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art centered on patience, timing and the proper application of leverage and techniques.  The qualities that make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu different from other martial arts is it supreme dominance in self-defense scenarios, the application that the lessons it teaches you in other areas of your life and the camaraderie that in engenders with your fellow training partners.

Give Lagrange Martial Arts for Children a call at 845-392-8495, email us at or go to  Ask about our FREE 30 day trial and private lesson.

Nov 292012

Does your child suffer from low self-esteem, lack of motivation, or bullying?  Maybe you just want to give him or her something to do after school to keep them active.  If so, Precision MMA is the BEST place for your child to develop the skills and confidence they need to become the ambitious hard worker you know they can be.

What does Precision MMA offer that other kids Martial Arts academies don’t?

Real self defense techniques – Our instructors are all highly qualified martial artists.  We teach martial arts that have a proven track record in self defense and MMA competition, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, and Judo.  Your child will be able to defend themselves in any situation with our PROVEN EFFECTIVE techniques.

A beginner-friendly atmosphere and friendly staff – Our coaches are all well-trained in how to handle children and create a fun, safe environment for them to train.  Our programs are broken up into advanced and beginner ones, so your child won’t be jumping in and training with advanced students right away.  They’ll receive the attention they need to turn them into a successful martial artist.

Incentives for good grades in school – Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley is the only gym in the area to offer incentives to kids for getting good grades.  We pride ourselves on your child’s success, so we make sure to help them achieve it.  Our kids martial arts program is the best in the area!

30 Days of Martial Arts Training and Self Esteem Building FREE

If you want to enroll your child in the best academy in the Hudson Valley, then stop in at 1097 Route 55 in Lagrangeville, N 12540 or call us at 845-392-8495.  Make sure to ask about our free 30 days and private lesson.  We also offer a full money back guarantee when you do sign up, so there’s no risk involved!  Why not stop by?

Nov 282012
martial arts kids

Precision MMA has the best kids program in the Hudson Valley!

If someone asked you to list the benefit of Martial Arts training, the most common replies will likely be self-defense and physical fitness.

From experience, I can tell you that another benefit that’s just as – if not more – important as those, is self-esteem.

A lack of self-esteem can affect every aspect of your life and can hold you back from realizing your true potential. How can Martial Arts help you build self-esteem?

  • Confidence. First and foremost, confidence functions as a foundation for self-esteem. Making it through hard training, losing weight, competing against other Martial Artists and attending class regularly are all difficult endeavors that can be accomplished with dedication. Through those types of accomplishments, you will feel more confident in everyday life.
  • Physical Fitness. A healthy body looks and feels good, both physically and mentally. Feeling and looking fit will make you feel better about yourself because you’ll know all the hard work you put in to getting there. In addition, you will sleep better at night, adding to your already increased feelings of health and fitness.
  • Self Defense. While the mantra of self-defense is to avoid a physical confrontation whenever possible, your Martial Arts training will give you the confidence to know that you can handle yourself should the need arise. Most bullies look for easy targets – your Martial Arts training will ensure that you don’t fall into that category.
  • Sense of Accomplishment. Speaking from experience, the sense of accomplishment you will enjoy from Martial Arts training is hard to describe. The training, discipline and endurance required make the milestones of your Martial Arts journey all the more important. The day I received my Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will forever be at the top of my list of accomplishments.
  • Discipline. Discipline is the backbone of any successful endeavor. If you’re not disciplined already, you will become so if you start training Martial Arts and stick with it. Difficult endeavors require sacrifice, and sticking to those sacrifices requires discipline. That discipline will feed back into everything listed above. All of these benefits are interrelated and affect each other. That’s an important fact to remember.

This article is the first of several I hope to share with you on the subject of Martial Arts training and the many ways it can have tremendously positive effects on your life, both in and out of the gym.

See you on the mats.

If you want to learn how to enroll your kid for a free 30 days of MMA training, then visit our website: Kids Martial Arts Poughkeepsie.  Or stop in at 1097 Route 55 in LaGrangeville, NY or give us a call at 845-392-8495.