Aug 252018
 

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!

Aug 202018
 

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!

Aug 172018
 

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!

 

Aug 132018
 

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!

 

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Mar 102016
 

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.

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Hooben with head coach Brian McLaughlin

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

Aug 052013
 
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Hudson Valley MMA Ground n Pound

“Ground and pound”.  To the lay person this phrase means little, but to the initiated fan of modern day Mixed Martial Arts this is a term which has become quite well known in recent years, much to the credit of color commentators for the Ultimate Fighting Championship like Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg amongst others.  But what exactly is “ground and pound”?  Most MMA fans who have never trained with actual fighters or who only watch the sport casually will give answers that are not really satisfactory.  The most common is that “ground and pound” is a style of striking an opponent on the ground in MMA, with the emphasis usually being on the methods used by the fighter in top position to strike the bottom fighter.  While this statement is generally correct it does not truly do justice to the skill which many top fighters call their number one method for attaining victory.  As anyone who has trained with a skilled Pro MMA fighter knows, “ground and pound” has every bit as many nuances as submission grappling, takedowns or stand up striking.  Many people with limited training believe that there is little technique to striking on the ground and that once a fighter achieves a takedown he need only reign down punches or elbows until the referee steps in.  However, “ground and pound” is a skill in itself and simply “swinging away” on a downed opponent with little regard to technique is a good way to get submitted or swept by an opponent with a good Jiu-Jitsu game.  In this article I will outline four different “ground and pound” techniques which have been used by different fighters in high level MMA fights and explain what makes these techniques so effective.

There is no more fitting way to begin an article on the skill of ground-striking in MMA than to start with the man often quoted as “the godfather of Ground and Pound”, Mark “the Hammer” Coleman.  Coleman began his MMA career back in 1996 at UFC 10, the early days of Mixed Martial Arts when the sport had yet to be regulated under the “Unified Rules”.  Coming from a wrestling background and having been a former NCAA champion, the 6’1, 255lbs bruiser took to fighting like a fish to water.  In those days Royce Gracie had already established the value of ground grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in MMA, and this is what truly paved the way for wrestlers, cluing them in to the fact that taking the opponent down and finishing them on the ground was a legitimate method for winning a contest.  However, Royce had usually won his fights by using submission holds such as chokes and armlocks, rather than bludgeoning the opponent into defeat with punches, hammerfists, knees and elbows.  Lacking the submission techniques available to BJJ artists but having every bit as much knowledge of ground positioning, Coleman was perhaps the first Mixed Martial Artist to routinely win fights simply by taking his opponents down and striking them until a referee either stepped in or they were rendered unconscious.  Coleman had many methods for doing this, but one that I am going to look at in particular is what I will refer to as the “head in face” technique.  This is one of the primary techniques which “The Hammer” used to win the most important fight in his career, his victory over Igor Vovchanchin in the “Pride Grand Prix 2000 finals” which led to his becoming the first ever Pride HW tournament champion.  In essence this technique is quite simple, and yet devastatingly effective, and it is based on a few important principles that anyone must understand in order to recognize what makes for an effective “ground and pound” tactic.  In this fight, Coleman made used of the “head in face technique” by standing in Igor’s full guard, then driving his forehead into his face and from there, punching in succession to the body, followed by single shots to the head.

Now, there are four important principles to ground and pound which one must understand if they are to separate a truly superior “gn’p” technique from simply striking a grounded opponent with reckless abandon.  These principles are 1) controlling the arms 2) controlling the hips 3) controlling the head and 4) mixing up one’s strikes.   Anyone who studies the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu knows that controlling the hips and the head make a grounded opponent nearly helpless, and this same principle applies to wrestling and “ground and pound”.  If an opponent does not have free range of motion with his head then his hip movement is going to be very limited and likewise if he does not have full movement of his hips then his head movement will probably not amount to much.  Let me explain more clearly.  All bodily motion is dependent upon movement of the spine, which goes as far up as the back of the neck and base of the head, and as far down as the tailbone, which is parallel to the hips at the front of the body.  The two points of the body where the spine provides its greatest function are at its top and bottom, in other words, the neck/head area, and the hip/lower back area.  If a grappler controls one of these two points he has a good deal of control over his opponent.  If he controls both his opponent’s mobility is practically null as he has isolated his spine at both of its key points and this will make strikes very difficult to defend against.  This is essentially how control of hip and head movement makes for an effective “gnp” technique.

On the other hand, controlling an opponent’s arms is important because you take away his main tools of offense and most importantly, his greatest method of defense.  Controlling one of your opponent’s arms is often enough to prevent him from escaping or countering most forms of “ground and pound”, while controlling both of them makes his ability to counter or escape even more difficult, granted of course that the aggressor has some sort of head or hip control.

Finally, mixing up strikes makes for an effective “ground and pound” tactic because the opponent never really knows what to expect.  This means directing blows to different parts of the body, head and even limbs, as well as using different types of strikes such as hammerfists, downward elbows, diagonal elbows and straight and looping punches.

With Mark Coleman’s “head in face” attack on Igor Vovchanchin, he made good use of the first two and the fourth principles.  He controlled Igor’s head very well, which in turn allowed him to control his hips, and he mixed up his strikes to the body and head.  What Coleman did in this fight was to essentially stand up in Igor’s full guard and drive his head directly into Igor’s face, making his own head and neck a fifth point of contact with the ground so that he could base off of it and throw his punches with full power without sacrificing his balance.  With his feet planted and his hips above his opponents’, the bottom man’s hips were also limited in their mobility.  In this particular situation, since Igor could not free his head his spine and body as a whole were isolated and his guard rendered quite ineffective.  The placement of Coleman’s forehead in Igor’s face provided two other special advantages, in that it limited Igor’s view of the strikes coming at him and also caused him quite a bit of discomfort.  Coleman also directed his strikes to different areas, generally throwing several times to the body and once or twice to the head in succession.  As such, Igor was less capable of guessing where the strikes would land next, and thus had a more difficult time defending.  This is a technique which Coleman’s protégé Kevin Randleman would also later use with great success in his fighting career.

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Rickson Gracie doing the gift wrap

However, an even more effective “ground and pound” tactic than Coleman’s “head in face technique” is the mounted “gift wrap” which the great Rickson Gracie used to defeat Masakatsu Funaki back in 2000.  The Gracie family is well known for introducing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the world, but their style of ground fighting is not only effective for submissions, it is also effective for striking as Rickson proved in this fight.  Now it is important to note that the most significant aspect of Rickson’s “gift wrap” on Funaki is not the trapping of his arm, but rather, the mount position itself.  When a grappler passes his opponents’ guard and is able to mount him he has complete control over his opponents’ hips because his entire body is positioned above them.  As such, the opponent’s legs have been taken out of the equation and his upper body has been isolated.  He does, however, still have movement of his head and the top portion of his spine, but as we will see Rickson’s technique later prevents this.  In this fight, after weakening Funaki with some shots from mount, he grips Funaki’s right wrist with his right hand, while reaching under Funaki’s head with left arm.  Following this, Rickson feeds Funaki’s right wrist to his own left hand which is underneath Masakatsu’s head.  This results in Rickson being mounted on Funaki while the latter’s right arm is completely wrapped around his own head, leaving him with only one arm to defend against Rickson’s strikes.  Not only is Funaki’s right arm now trapped, but his head is also held firmly in place by his own arm and his hips are being completely controlled by Rickson’s mount.  Goals 1, 2 and 3 of our “gnp” outline have now been met, and Funaki has no way to defend himself since almost his entire body is being controlled.  This is another outstanding “ground and pound” technique which works well for MMA.

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The Mounted Crucifix

The third “ground and pound” position we will discuss has become quite popular in Mixed Martial Arts today and is generally referred to as “the side mounted crucifix”.  This move has a number of variations and has been used very successfully by a number of fighters, most notably Jon Jones in his UFC Live 2 win over Vladimir Matyushenko and Roy Nelson in his win over Kimbo Slice on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10.  Much like Rickson’s mounted “gift wrap”, the most important component of this technique is first having a dominant position, in this case side mount.  Once sidemounted, the top opponent is past the bottom man’s hips much like a mounted opponent would be, except that in this case he has his weight distributed sidewise across his opponent’s chest and abdomen rather than being directly on top of him as he would be when mounted.  From this position, both of the opponent’s arms are tied up with the top man having one arm free to punch or elbow his opponent’s head.  This technique covers points 1, 2 and 3 of our “ground and pound” index.  First, not only one but both of the opponent’s arms are trapped.  Second, the hips are isolated in the sense that the guard has been passed and the legs cannot be used for much and the weight distribution of the top opponent makes hip movement difficult for the bottom man.  Finally, with both shoulders and hips pinned to the mat and a large body across the bottom man’s chest, the defender’s head has fairly little mobility as well.  The position can be made more effective by mixing up one’s strikes and Jones proved in his fight that it is possible to finish an opponent from here with elbows while Nelson proved in his that it is equally possible to dominate by punching with the free hand.

The final “ground and pound” position that I would like to discuss in this article is not usually recognized as such because it is done from a bottom position, but I would personally consider it every bit as valid as many done from top control and this is the “triangle position” from bottom guard.  Most people see the triangle as a submission only due to its ability to cut off the blood to the brain, causing the opponent to either tap out or pass out.  However, as Anderson Silva proved in his victory over Travis Lutter at UFC 67, this can also be a dominant position from which to land multiple short elbow strikes which in this case resulted in a submission not from the choke, but from the strikes being delivered.  Generally, the term “ground and pound” seems to be reserved for striking techniques delivered by the top fighter to the bottom fighter, and the reason for this is most likely because strikes delivered from on top tend to have more weight and force behind them.  Usually ending a fight with strikes from the bottom is difficult to do, unless, of course, it abides by enough of the 4 rules of our “ground and pound” index, like the triangle does.  First, it is important to note that the guard position is the only bottom position capable of being considered dominant because the bottom man’s legs do partially shut off full movement of the top man’s hips.  Because the bottom guard player has his ankles positioned above the hips of the top man, the top fighter cannot advance further to fully isolate the bottom man’s hips.  This is the first key to why the triangle can be considered a dominant position despite being done from on bottom.  The second reason is that one of the top opponent’s arms is taken out of the equation by the unique positioning of the bottom man, and the other arm is trapped across the bottom man’s chest, making it difficult for him to defend against strikes which was another key to successful “gn’p” that we mentioned.  Finally, the most important aspect of why the “triangle position” is a dominant angle for “gnp” is because it exercises maximum head control.  The top opponent’s head is being completely controlled by the legs and arms of the bottom man.  As such, the top point of his spine is isolated and his mobility is greatly lessened.  In the case of the Anderson/Lutter fight, Anderson had such a good triangle sunk in that he was able to deliver downward elbow strikes until the ref stepped in.  As can be seen, if one thinks outside of the box and utilizes enough of the principles of the “ground and pound” index, it is possible to stop a fight with strikes even from a bottom position.

Clearly “ground and pound” techniques are not effective because of top position alone, they are dependent upon a number of principles being used effectively.  The Mark Coleman/Igor Vovchanchin fight is an excellent example of how unique head control can be used to create enough pressure from top guard to threaten an opponent.  The Rickson Gracie/Funaki fight is an example of how head and arm control can be obtained simultaneously from top mount leaving the opponent with no method of defense from strikes. Jones’ and Nelson’s “sidemounted crucifixes” are examples of how both arms of the bottom man can be trapped simultaneously leaving him vulnerable.  Finally, the example of Anderson Silva’s triangle on Travis Lutter shows that if proper head control is utilized even a bottom position can give a fighter enough power to stop a fight with successive blows.  Next time you watch MMA and you see strikes being thrown on the ground I suggest that you pay attention to which of the four points from our “ground and pound index” are being applied, and take note of what the aggressor could be doing to make his ground striking more effective.  Knowledge of “ground and pound” techniques and the principles behind them will enhance your enjoyment as a Mixed Martial Arts’ viewer just as much as it can increase a fighter’s effectiveness in the ring.

Jamey Bazes is a Hudson Valley martial arts practitioner holding a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt with over 15 years of competition experience earning over 100 tournament victories.  He also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in English from SUNY New Paltz with a focus on the English Romantic poets.

 

May 272013
 

Olympic Boxing 300x187 Boxing in Dutchess County at Precision Mixed Martial ArtsNot all boxing programs are created equal.  Some are only for the hardened veterans, those who have competed before and just need a little tweaking here and there by expert coaches in order to further their potential.  These gyms tend to overlook the beginners and those who are looking to box casually.  Precision MMA in Dutchess County has a boxing program which never overlooks the casuals or the novice students.  We have teachers who are patient and will work to help anyone who is willing to put in the time.

Our head boxing coach Derrick Ohlhoff, who is a 3 times Golden Gloves’ boxing champion, has been teaching at Dutchess Counties’ Precision MMA for almost five years now.  Because he has seen it at all and trained with pro boxers like Zuri Lawerence and Brian Barbosa, but also remembers well his days as a beginner and has seen what it takes to get new boxers to a high level, he is quite adept at teaching the new prospects who walk through our doors.  Derrick is extremely patient and has a good sense of humor which attracts younger boxers who might at first be a bit intimidated and expecting that boxing will be a grueling affair with strict coaches.  Derrick is all about the fundamentals, and these are what beginners need more than anything else.  He lets the novice students know when they are experiencing progress every step of the way, since new boxers may often not realize that their technique is improving with rapid speed, and being told so increases their confidence and makes them want to attend more classes.

Dutchess County’s boxing program at Precision MMA also has a great coach in Jon Russo.  Russo is also excellent at teaching beginners because not only does he also have ring experience but he has a great sense of humor and is truly one of the “young at heart”.  Russo has also trained in Martial Arts such as Jeet Kune Do and Taekwondo and has a keen eye for practical self-defense, so this combined with his sense of playfulness has allowed him to create many fun and creative training exercises for the beginners.  The younger students in particular rave about Jon’s training methodologies and are always wondering what new training technique he might introduce next.  He has all the fundamentals of boxing down, yet is not one to think rigidly and can adjust his teaching methods to his students’ personalities.

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Dutchess County Boxing

Finally, Jon Joy is perhaps our most beginner-friendly coach.  This is probably because despite the fact that Joy has improved tremendously in record time and now has several amateur boxing wins under his belt, it was not long ago that he was also a beginner learning the sweet science in Dutchess County at Precision MMA.  Remembering what was imparted to him early on, Joy focuses intently on those fundamentals so essential to early progress in the sport of boxing, such as footwork and head movement.

Because Precision MMA in Dutchess County has three patient, good-natured instructors with varying teaching styles we are an excellent gym for beginning boxers.  Don’t be shy, come box with us for 30 free days and you’ll be hooked in no time.

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.poughkeepsieboxing.com

May 202013
 
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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.

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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

Feb 182013
 
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What was a Hudson Valley boxer doing in Buffalo over the weekend?  Well, Pat Daka was competing in the second round of the Upstate New York Golden Gloves.  What you may not know is that Pat Daka is still just a teenager.  Prom, graduation, and other high school rites of passage are still fresh in his mind.  But this young pugilist enters the ring, just the same, ready to face down fully grown men who want to take his head off.

Hudson Valley boxing’s Pat has shown that he does not scare easily.  In the first round of the Golden Gloves, he faced an enormous 300-pound superheavyweight.  Many counted out Precision boxing’s entrant, but Pat had other plans.  Showing ring generalship generally only  seen in hardened veterans, Pat worked with quick flurries and strong power shots in route to a dominant victory.  Those who doubted him before knew he was business.  He did not drive all the way from the Hudson Valley to box and leave empty handed.

After he earned his victory, Pat immediately got back into training with Hudson Valley boxing coach Derrick Ohlhoff.  Even though he won in dominant fashion, Pat was still focused on improving as a boxer and working on his weaknesses.  In addition, he even took the initiative to step outside of his comfort zone and spar the top dogs at other Hudson Valley boxing gyms.  Pat even stepped into the ring with Zuri Lawrence, a veteran of over 40 professional fights.  While there were small hiccups and moments of doubt, Pat stayed on course and focused on his goal: to become a Golden Gloves champion.

When February 16th finally arrived, Team Precision Boxer Pat Daka was ready to show what he was made of.  While other fights were filled with self-doubt and anxiety, Pat was overflowing with confidence and eager anticipation.  Coach Derrick gave his last minute instructions and they made their way to the ring to take on another mountain of a man.  It wasn’t the man’s size that bothered Pat, though.  He was facing a south paw.

South paws are rare and pose a unique challenge for orthodox or right handed Hudson Valley boxers.  When facing a south paw, everything is backwards.  Boxers have to circle to their left and lead with their right despite countless rounds of doing the exact opposite.  They often step on each other’s feet in an awkward attempt to gauge distance, where the opponent feels simultaneously too close and too far at the same time.  While southpaws face similar challenges, they have one thing on their side – experience.  They know what it feels like because most boxers are right-handed – 9 out of 10, to be exact. Meaning southpaws hone their strategy for righties while orthodox fighters might even have a lefty in their gym to work with.

Pat knew that there was no turning back after the bell sounded for the start of the context, so the Hudson Valley boxer sat back and bided his time, trying to win the battle.  Then Pat saw that his lead foot was outside his opponent’s, and he knew he was in line for a straight right hand.  Pat fired right down the pipe and snapped the man’s head back like a Pez dispenser.  His opponent retreated for a moment to collect himself, but Pat never gave him a chance to.  He adjusted to his southpaw jitters and maintained constant pressure.

Showing the mindset of a champion, Pat informed his coach that since he took very little damage, he would be ready to fight again on Saturday at another local boxing show near Poughkeepsie.  With three victories under his belt, the future looks bright for Pat Daka and the rest of Team Precision Boxing.  Keep your eye out for this young heavyweight with the thunderous right hand.

Precision MMA is now offering a 30 Day Free Trial for Poughkeepsie boxers of all levels to find out more call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsieboxing.com

Precision Mixed Martial Arts
1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
845-392-8495

Jan 302013
 

Jamey Bazes is a lifelong Hudson Valley martial artist and senior student at Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY.  Here he recounts how his early experiences in Karate classes and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taught him valuable life lessons.

To give your child the gift of martial arts call Precision MMA today and start your FREE 30 Day Trial at 845-392-8495 or visit www.LaGrangeMartialArts.com

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Hudson Valley Kids Karate Classes

How Training in Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes as a Child Impacted My Life as an Adult

 
            I still remember being eight years old and my reaction to seeing The Karate Kid for the first time.  “I want to do that”, I said to myself.  And so it began.  Four days a week of training at my local Hudson Valley Karate classes.  I actually remember the very first technique I ever learned: a defense again a stranglehold consisting of two elbows and a hammer fist.  I remember getting back from that first class and practicing the move in my backyard under the hot July sun.  I remember feeling empowered that I actually knew how to perform a martial arts move.
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Hudson Valley Karate Classes

Little did I know that that day in the Hudson Valley Karate class would begin my life long love affair with the martial arts and that this training would bring about many positive changes in my life as I got older.  However, even as a child I would soon find out that this path would not be an easy one.  It took me much longer to earn my first belt than most of my peers.  I clearly remember wondering why students who had begun training after me were being awarded their belts first.  Even as a young child I remember thinking to myself “is my Sensei testing me?  Is there some reason he wants to make me wait longer before giving me that next belt?”  To this day I am convinced that my Sensei was trying to teach me the lessons of patience and perseverance.  Karate classes would test me more than anything I had faced at that point in my life.  When I finally did get my first belt I would find that the next few did not come much more easily.
            Earning the right to take a “belt test”, as they were referred to, was not easy and I remember that once during karate class I asked my Sensei whether or not I was ready for the “test” yet that he responded “don’t ask me when you are ready for your next belt test, I will tell you.”  I never asked again, but it was very difficult to resist the temptation to do so.  However, whenever I would be told I was ready for my next test and the date would be set for me to prepare, I would become jubilant.  Knowing that the end was in sight and that I had a goal to work towards inspired me at this young age in a way that tests or papers in school could not.  When the tests would finally happen, they would be emotionally trying.  My instructor would stand there, stoic faced with a pen and clip board in hand watching my movements and marking things off.  I could never read his expression and would wonder the entire time “how am I doing? Am I going to pass?”  And then when the test would finally end and he would walk towards me, hand out stretched to shake mine and say “congratulations, you passed the test” the feeling of achievement would be incredible.
            The most important memory I have of my early training though was when I took my 1st degree brown belt test.  Looking back, what stands out was not the karate class where I received the belt or even the moments where I was doing well.  Rather, it is the experience of getting punched in the stomach and knocked down during a sparring session with one of my more advanced peers.  I remember that after falling I locked eyes with my instructor. As I did he looked down at me with a slight smile and a “knowing look”, as if he knew that this was an early test of my manhood and that my passing would be dependent upon my getting back to my feet again.  Of course, I did, and I passed the test. It might seem like a small moment, but afterwards I felt like the toughest man in the entire Hudson Valley.
              I only stayed in Karate class for one more belt mainly because I wanted to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Much like my early years in Karate classes, belts did not come easy.  Likewise, it had been my goal for years to take first place in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament, a task that would be years in the making. But when it did occur, and I won 2 tournaments in the span of 3 weeks, the victory felt that much sweeter because of how long it had taken me.  Three years later I would win another two tournaments in only one week’s time.  The lessons of patience and dedication I had learned as a youth in my Hudson Valley Karate classes served me well once again.
          The end result is that the martial arts training I had as a child taught me patience and perseverance.  When I would take exams in school I would usually be one of the last to finish, but I would simply smile to myself when other students would rush up to turn in their exams in only half the time, knowing that in the end I would probably do just as well as them, and I usually did.  When I worked on a farm for one summer in my adult hood and certain tasks took me longer than others, who would be quick to criticize me for being slow, I would never acknowledge their remarks, and in the end I would be praised by my boss for my attention to detail.
 I am convinced that in every martial arts instructor and every truly good teacher that I have had since my days in Karate that there has been present in each just a little bit of my first Sensei.  The lessons he taught me about persistence have stood the test of time and crossed over into these other areas of my life.  I have actually come to enjoy being made to work harder to achieve my goals, because I know that the end result will be that much more deserved.  So now when a certain endeavor takes me longer than it might take some, or I am made to wait for some reward that I am working towards, I do not lose faith or become impatient.  In fact, I would not have it any other way.
                                              To start your child in Karate classes in the Hudson Valley contact Precision MMA at 845-392-8495 or visit  www.lagrangemartialarts.com and ask about our FREE 30 Day Trial