It was an exciting night for the audience and the supporting crew of Precision at Bellator 215. They were immediately treated to an extraordinary performance in the preliminary portion put on by Precision’s student Lindsey ‘Damsel’ Vanzandt, that resulted in a beautiful finish; a second round knock out. Lindsey continues to prove that she is a dominating, unstoppable force at 105 pounds that will continue to climb the ranks until she becomes a champion. The second round knock out improved her professional record to 5-1.
At the beginning of round one, a fair share of punches and kicks were exchanged between Lindsey and her opponent, but Lindsey’s unmatched perfectly timed take down and carefully placed punches were competitive enough to keep her opponent challenged and hurt. In the second round, Lindsey dominated the striking exchanges, stalking her opponent into the fence. From there, Lindsey rocked and dropped her opponent with a beautiful left hook that ended the round with a KO.
Going into the fight, Lindsey lost her original opponent, but was fortunate enough to be matched up with another opponent to fight. Lucky for us, because it was truly an entertaining performance. Lindsey walked away from the cage that night with little to no injuries, a victory and a great attitude.
Lindsey is already back in the gym training, improving and looking forward to competing again in the near future. Lindsey isn’t just a great fighter, she also has a big heart and a great attitude, touching everyone she meets in a positive way. We’re proud to represent such a strong willed, competitive individual in the MMA community, and we’re looking forward to see her excel in her journey to become a champion.
Live in the Hudson Valley and looking to train MMA? Visit us at PrecisionMixedMartialArts.com or call 845-392-8495 so we can get you started today!
When most people think of martial arts, they think of self-defense
or some sort of unarmed fighting. Whether
you’re training karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’re
most likely going to be learning a form of hand to hand combat. However, what
most people don’t realize is that being a martial artist is about much more
than punches, kicks and takedowns. One of the most important benefits that
martial arts can provide is instilling a sense of martial character. This means
living your life as a confident and compassionate individual who cares just as
much about their neighbor’s well-being as they do about their own. It means
having the physical skills to defend yourself and the mental wherewithal to be
able to deescalate a potentially dangerous or violent situation.
At Poughkeepsie’s premier martial arts academy Precision Boxing and MMA, we make it a priority that our members uphold our ideals of martial character on the mats and in their everyday life. We believe that the first step to developing a strong martial character is giving back to your community. This past week, we volunteered with Dutchess Outreach’s Lunch Box Program where we were given the opportunity to serve hot lunches to families in need throughout the Poughkeepsie area. We had an awesome response from our members, quickly filling up our volunteer list. It was a great time for our staff and members, we loved getting to know some of the people who share our beautiful neighborhood with us. If you’re interested in training martial arts, self-defense and becoming part of a community that gives back, come check out Precision Boxing and MMA; the Hudson Valley’s largest Mixed Martial Arts academy. Give us a call today at (845)392-8495.
In the world of mixed martial arts,
there is one question that remains a constant; which discipline is the most
important? Where should I invest the majority of my time to become the best
martial artist possible? During the conception of the UFC, mixed martial arts
was a foreign concept to most people. It wasn’t widely broadcasted on Fox or
ESPN, and very few people viewed it as a legitimate sport. It wasn’t about who
was the best fighter, or who was the most accomplished athlete, who trained the
hardest. More often than not, it came down to style versus style matchups. Will
the boxer beat the wrestler? Will the judoka beat the kickboxer?
boxing and wrestling were household names in the USA, a more foreign art began
to establish itself as an unstoppable force in the UFC. A man by the name of
Royce Gracie was taking the mixed martial arts world by storm. To the laymen,
it almost looked like magic. This was when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu began to be
recognized as one of the most effective martial arts in the world. Not only was
Royce continually winning his matches, he was submitting opponents who were
significantly larger than him with seemingly minimal effort. His streak of
dominance came to an end when he faced the then-current welterweight champion
Matt Hughes. Hughes, a skilled wrestler with knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
and a vicious ground and pound technique knocked out Royce in the first round.
Hughes’ reign as champion highlighted the importance of wrestling in mixed
martial arts competition.
Hughes, there have been many wrestlers who made their way to the top. Todays’
lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is feared for his relentless top
pressure; dragging his opponents to the ground, trapping their limbs and
beating them mercilessly. Olympians such as Daniel Cormier, Yoel Romero, and
Henry Cejudo have made it to the most elite level in their respective weight
classes through their wrestling prowess. However, grappling isn’t necessarily
the solution to the puzzle of mixed martial arts.
fight starts on the feet, and some of the best martial artists of all time have
been strikers. After making a name for himself in the Pride Fighting
Championship, the famed Anderson Silva went on a sixteen fight win streak in
the UFC. Anderson had a style that nobody had seen before, moving his head like
a cobra, finishing his opponents with style and ease. Many strikers have
followed in his footsteps, including the boxing-based “Notorious” Conor
McGregor. The Irish superstar combined his unusual ability to control the
striking distance with phenomenal take down defense. This was displayed
beautifully in his fight against the accomplished wrestler Chad Mendes. Conor
stuffed a couple of takedowns, but found himself in danger once Mendes finally
took him down. Conor weathered a barrage of elbows and used his distance
control to knock Mendes out once they stood up. Standout strikers such as
Stephen Thompson, Israel Adesanya and Max Holloway have also displayed the
skills to finish skilled grapplers with their precision and accuracy.
the fighters that I’ve mentioned specialize in a particular discipline, they
still need to be well versed in all facets of combat to find success. That’s
why at Precision Boxing and MMA we’ve strived to create an environment where
the aspiring martial artist can learn multiple disciplines under one roof. Here
you can find a top notch boxing program, train Muay Thai under the guidance of
an undefeated champion, and learn to grapple with the experience of four
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts on staff. Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is
wrestling based, and we always start on the feet and drill takedowns. If you
want to make your MMA dreams a reality, come check out Precision Boxing and
MMA; the Hudson Valleys Premier mixed martial arts academy. Give us a call at (845)392-8495.
We’ve all made excuses to get out of doing things that we don’t particularly feel like doing or going somewhere we really didn’t want to go. While some of these excuses may seem harmless, often times we use these excuses to stay in our comfort zone or take the easy way out which can ultimately prove to be harmful to ourselves. Making excuses only sets us back from unlocking our full potential and takes us further away from reaching our goals. An excuse is just a preventable setback from achievement that we have full control over. Excuses keep you from growing and reaching opportunities. From time to time we use the excuse of being ‘too tired’ or ‘being too busy’ to train. While there isn’t a cure for physical or mental exhaustion except a good night’s sleep, all too often, this is just one of the many excuses used to justify skipping class to snack on pizza and nachos. For training MMA to be effective, we must develop a workout schedule and stick to it to expand knowledge and better our martial arts. Nothing was ever accomplished or achieved by not taking any action or making excuses. In our schedule we should incorporate specific days to rest that are consistent to allow our bodies to rejuvenate and adequate rest.
Sometimes excuses are made to disguise the feelings of shortcomings. It’s important to develop a positive mentally when training. We should try to learn to view our shortcomings as a means of improvement instead of a failure. It’s difficult to not dwell on past mistakes, but in order to better ourselves and master that technique we’ve been drilling for ages, we must view the mistakes as something to learn from and move on. As a result of this, you’ll eventually learn to recognize your mistakes, accept them, and learn how to fix them instead of making excuses for them.
Before you make an excuse as a reason not to train or for a poor performance, you should ask yourself whether or not the excuse is valid.
Anybody who’s been following MMA for the past couple of weeks will likely be discussing the aftermath of the long awaited bout between “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov. This bitter rivalry hit a new boiling point after Khabib, a UFC world champion, hurled himself over the cage and lunged at McGregor’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Dillon Dannis. Dannis, a grappling phenom and Bellator MMA star answered with a quick flurry of punches towards Khabib before the two were separated by security.
Dillon Dannis and Precision Head Coach Brian McLaughlin
Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov and Dillon Dannis
A fact that most people are unaware of, is that at one point Dillon, Khabib and Precision head coach Brian McLaughlin all trained together under the same roof at AMA Fight Club in Whippany, NJ. At the time, Khabib was preparing for his UFC debut and Dillon was an up and coming prospect; a teen just getting started at Pro Practices. Coach Brian was instructing at AMA as well as sparring with pros himself. Back then, Dillon was quiet and kept a low profile but would show flashes of the brashness that has become his calling card. Khabib was all business from day one. He would come in with his small army of Russians and each of his training partners would pray that they’d make it out of practice with all of the limbs they came in with.
In the days of AMA Fight Club, Dillon and Khabib were always cordial, but life took them in different directions. Khabib relocated to San Jose, California and Dillon became a prodigy under Marcelo Garcia and eventually caught the eye of Conor McGregor; the biggest star that the sport has ever seen. Although the world sees them as bitter rivals at each other’s throat, the memory remains of them being two hard working martial artists sharing the mat in the quest toward greatness.
Head Coach of Precision Boxing and MMA Brian McLaughlin poses with Khabib for a group photo after training.
If you live in the Hudson Valley area and want to make your MMA dream a reality, learn how to defend yourself and get into the best shape of your life, give us a call at: 845-392-8495. Come check out Precision Boxing and MMA, the Hudson Valley’s premier mixed martial arts academy.
Approaching older age may bring many senior health problems and challenges that can have a negative impact on an individual’s daily activities. Being aware of these issues and how you can take the necessary steps to prevent them will result in a long well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Being both physically active and eating a healthy diet is key to staying in shape and managing risks that present themselves in senior years. Developing osteoporosis and diabetes are two of the most common risks in older age caused by inactivity that can lead to severe pain and a lower quality of life. Regular exercise can prevent these health issues by encouraging movement and improving stiff joints. Strength and flexibility training are vital to maintaining the proper functionality of joints to reduce or prevent pain. Picking a new sport at an older age may seem intimating, especially if health issues are already present. It’s important to understand that most health issues can be prevented or managed with exercise. Older individuals usually express concerns that they’re too old to partake in a new sport or fitness gym. However, this is not true. Joining a fitness gym or new sport is not limited to a specific age group. In fact, it promotes a healthy life by exercise, expands social circles and acts as a stress reliever. Training boxing or MMA increases flexibility, endurance, strength and most importantly the quality of one’s health. At Precision Boxing & MMA in Poughkeepsie, New York we offer training in various disciplines for all age groups in a fun, friendly controlled environment. Our students come from all walks of life and range from many different age groups. Our older students have found success in many different aspects of their lives, from improving their health by losing weight to developing a new skill that enables them to effectively defend themselves. Check out what our older Hudson Valley student Frank Soto says about why he trains in older age and why he chose to train at Precision Boxing & MMA.
If you’re an older individual living in the Hudson Valley and looking to improve or maintain good health by learning a new skill or picking up a sport such as boxing or MMA, visit or call 845-392-8495 so we can help you get started today!
Lack of physical and mental exercise can result in weight gain, fatigue, and poor motivation. An inactive lifestyle will diminish your ability to succeed in even the smallest of tasks and is detrimental to your overall health. Physical inactivity is the leading factor in weight gain and can contribute to depression and anxiety. The less daily exercise performed by individuals puts them at high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, two of the leading causes of preventable deaths in America. Adapting an active lifestyle by picking up a sport is one of the easiest methods to kick bad habits, promote weight loss, cure depression and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Training martial arts and boxing is a great way to combat a sedentary lifestyle, as it provides all of the necessary tools to reinforce a happy way of life while whipping you into shape! At Precision Boxing and MMA, we offer a variety of disciplines so that we can accommodate everyone comfortably and help them achieve their fitness and health goals whiling having fun. From looking to lose weight to wanting to train to compete in competitions, we offer it all. Training martial arts acts as a stress reliever and promotes weight lost in practitioners. Martial arts delivers an exciting experience in a ‘no-ego’ environment while shredding the pounds. Check out what Hudson Valley student Rick Leonardi has to share about training MMA to promote weight loss and why he loves training at Precision Boxing & MMA!
Live in Poughkeepsie, New York and looking to lose weight while having fun and learning a new sport? Visit or call 845-392-8495 so we can help you get started today!
It’s not uncommon to experience anxiety before joining a sport. Feeling uneasy about partaking in any new activity rattles many nerves, as one is usually unsure of what to expect. A common fear of a newcomer is that they will feel unwelcome and think they aren’t good enough. These irrational fears are unfortunately what hinder many potential practitioners of ever stepping foot on the mat to train MMA or Boxing. Our students at Precision Boxing & MMA have shared their stories of being nervous about participating in class for the first time, but after walking through our doors and stepping on the mat, everything else fell in line and they keep coming back for more practice. We offer a welcoming atmosphere here and our instructors are very attentive to all of our students. Anxiety is an innate response to new experiences that can be overcome or controlled. Many of the advanced practitioners of the sport still have pre-fight nerves before fighting their opponents. However, their anxiety is controlled or eliminated by self-confidence. They cannot predict the initial result of the fight, but they are confident in themselves to accept whatever may happen and therefore have the ability to calm their nerves. Setting aside personal reservations and irrational anxieties is the key to being open to new experiences and start training. Check out what long time Precision student Jason Harley has to say about initially overcoming his anxiety to train and how joining has improved his life tremendously!
Live in Poughkeepsie, New York and interested in training Martial Arts and Boxing in the Hudson valley, but nervous about getting started? Visit http://precisionmixedmartialarts.com/ or call 845-392-8495 so we can get you started today!
Martial arts acts as a weapon to tackle our fears in controlled environments and serves as an effective method to gain confidence and comfort in any event. Training martial arts allows a practitioner to experience and combat the fear, anxiety and nerves that cripple the average person. Although this skill is essential for all individuals, the group that can undoubtedly benefit the most are children.
Last week at Precision Boxing and MMA, it was Jada’s first day training in the kid’s BJJ program. It was her first time learning a discipline in Mixed Martial Arts, so naturally she was experiencing some anxiety. Jada had some concerns regarding getting comfortable in the lesson and had some of the other concerns that are typically experienced when participating in a new activity. Being made to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations is top priority at Precision Boxing & MMA to ensure all of our student’s experiences are great and memorable.
Jada was visibly upset when she came up to front desk to grab her attendance card, there she was approached by the supporting staff of Precision who immediately began trying to calm her with words of comfort. “We promise you’ll love it”, they encouraged. Jada was still feeling uneasy about starting her first class before she changed into her Gi. Coach Brian McLaughlin gently put the rest of her concerns to ease by sharing his story of experiencing anxiety before attending his first Brazilian Ju-Jitsu class. Jada’s mood began to lighten up as Coach Brian shared his experience and explained that he would ease into her training by allowing her to help co-teach the other students that day.
Brain introduced her to the other students in the class and explained that she would be assisting him teach. During the class, Brian paid particularly close attention to her throughout the lesson to ensure that she was comfortable and properly engaged. By the end of the class, Jada had participated, despite expressing that she was too nervous to join in the class, and enjoyed herself a great deal. Jada wasn’t the same intimated girl who was too afraid to step onto the mat to start her training anymore. Instead, she was now smiling and ready to take on any challenge or new experience that was thrown her way! Jada was confident and happy with the end result of the class. When questioned if she was excited to attend the next program, her response was “yes!”.
Jada’s story isn’t uncommon. Many students are nervous about attending their first mixed martial arts class and share some of the same concerns. The age group that mostly suffers from a series of doubts in confidence or new experiences are children. Mixed Martial Arts at Precision Boxing and MMA offers the recipe to overcome these concerns with consistent training.
Unfortunately, these anxieties act as hindrances for individuals, of all age groups, and prevents them from fulfilling their dreams of taking up MMA. If you live in the Hudson Valley and have a child that’s interested in learning Mixed Martial Arts, but has some anxiety about getting started, visit Precision Boxing and MMA in Poughkeepsie, NY or call 845-392-8495 so we can help them feel comfortable and start training today!
It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Mixed Martial Arts fighters out of Precision MMA.
First we had Alec Hooben returning to action against tough veteran Jordan Mitchell. Hooben jumped up a weight class to take on his heavyweight opponent after a string of other fighters backed out. Despite battling a nasty head cold and a 40 pound weight disadvantage Hooben was able to secure the unanimous decision victory after scoring numerous takedowns and ground and pound.
Hooben with head coach Brian McLaughlin
Next up was Sean “Shorty-Rock” Santella. Sean is coach Brian’s protege and has his sights set on the UFC. At CFFC ion Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sean earned his 15th professional victory and extended his winning streak. Sean was dominant throughout the bout landing spinning back fists, high kicks, and dominated his BJJ Black Belt opponent on the ground securing numerous close submissions.
Next up is Precision Muay Thai coach Karl “Mr. Fantastic” Nemeth as he defends his 145 Kaged Kombat MMA Title in Saratoga, NY. His opponent TJ George is curently the #2 ranked fighter in the state and riding a 7 fight winning streak. With a victory, coach Karl will cement his place as the top fighter in the region.
If you live in Poughkeepsie, LaGrange or anywhere within the Hudson Valley and would like to train like a fighter call Precision MMA at 845-392-84954 or visit http://www.bjjfighter.com and get started on your 30 day free trial