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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Apr 292014
 

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This past weekend Precision’s head coach Brian McLaughlin was at the UFC cornering Jim Miller and Charlie Brenneman. Check out this article detailing the fight preparation leading up to Jim’s show stopping submission victory.

 

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Jun 292013
 

Dutchess County Martial Arts: Precision MMA Throws Opponents Off-Guard with Numerous Striking Attacks

 

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Hudson Valley Martial arts

By Jamey Bazes

 

Dutchess County, New York has a multitude of Martial Arts’ schools.  However, for the most part they are fairly “cookie-cutter” in their approach and do not teach a wide variety of striking techniques.  “Striking” is a general term for attacks such as punches, kicks, knees and elbows which forcefully impact an opponent.  Precision MMA in Dutchess County teaches a wide array of strikes which often catch our opponent’s off-guard in competition, leaving our students victorious.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County New York teaches both Boxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing as its core striking arts.  However, the assortment of strikes which our opponents see coming at them would probably lead them to assume that we teach many other styles such as Karate, Taekwondo and even Capoeira.  The reality is that they would be correct, because our Muay Thai classes in particular, taught by 7-0 AKBF Muay Thai Champion Karl Nemeth, include strikes from so many different styles that it is very hard to pin down our method of striking to any one specific approach.  For a striker to be successful in competition he must never be predictable, otherwise his opponent will see his attacks coming and avoid them.  Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County is quite unorthodox in its arsenal, much to the frustration of anyone who decides to get into the ring with our fighters.  When it comes to kicking, many styles of kickboxing and other martial arts teach mainly front kicks and roundhouse kicks.  Fighters from these schools are usually unprepared to defend themselves against kicks coming from more unusual angles and many of these are taught by our head Muay Thai instructor Karl Nemeth in his classes.

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Dutchess County Martial arts

One type of kick we teach which would throw many more conventional martial artists off guard is the spinning hook kick.  This kick has recently been used very successfully in the Ultimate Fighting Championship by both former Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos in knocking out veteran Mark Hunt and Vitor Belfort in knocking out former Strikeforce MW champion Luke Rockhold.  It was also used effectively on the last season of “The Ultimate Fighter” by Uriah Hall.  Even despite this kick’s recent success, due to its nature as a high velocity spinning strike and the numerous set ups we show for it, it is still rarely seen coming by our competition.  To perform this kick properly the practitioner must step his front foot out so that it is positioned at about a fifteen degree angle from the back foot.  This is quite a misleading stance because it momentarily exposes the student’s back to attack, as well as the back of his front leg for a leg kick.  However, this deception is exactly what makes this kick so deadly.  Done quickly and without hesitation, the back leg is then spun behind the kicker and as he turns around to face his opponent he lands the heel of his back foot directly on the jaw of the opponent.  The amount of force which can be generated by this kick is tremendous, as can be seen from the fact that all the aforementioned examples in the UFC have led to devastating knockouts.  And yet, most martial arts schools neglect this kick entirely.  Another unorthodox kick that we teach is the “question-mark kick”.  This kick is often used in styles of Karate and Taekwondo but throws many conventional Muay Thai fighters off guard.  It can be done with either the lead or back leg and consists of a starting motion where the kickers’ leg comes forward as if to throw a low front kick.  However, the kick changes direction at the last moment and lands at slightly downward angles across the opponents’ face.  This misdirection leads the opponent to drop his hands, expecting a kick to the body or legs, which results in his leaving himself open for the head kick.  We have had success with this kick in many Dutchess County Kickboxing fights and our opponents rarely see it coming.

Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County also teaches many other sorts of strikes such elbows, knees and many different types of punches.  We show how knees can be used while in the clinch for great effect, as well as from a further distance, and we even show flying knee attacks which most opponents do not see coming.  We show a variety of elbow techniques coming from sideways, diagonal and other angles, and finally, even the punching techniques taught in our boxing classes are often not seen in your typical boxing match.  One of these is a “side fist” taught by one of our boxing coaches and experienced AKBF competitors John Joy.  It is thrown instead of a jab with the fist held with the thumb pointed towards the ceiling in a sideways’ fashion.  This provides the attack with a more narrow surface area which allows it to slip between the opponent’s guard most easily to connect with his head.  We also focus a good deal on lead hand upper cuts and “long hooks” which have less of an arc than the conventional boxing hook.  These techniques have also helped our boxers and kickboxers to have significant success in the ring because they are not usually taught by schools in the Dutchess County area and catch our opponents by surprise.

It’s the strike that you don’t see coming which hurts you.  This adage rings true in Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing and Boxing, and it is just one of many reasons why Precision MMA in Dutchess County produces effective strikers.  Our students always have a full toolbox and our instructors are always adding more weapons to their arsenal to teach in our classes.  Come strike with us for a free 30 days trial and feel empowered.

Get your Dutchess County Martial Arts at Precision MMA call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com to get started

Apr 232013
 

Dutchess County Boxing

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Dutchess County Boxing

Team Precision Boxing has been steadily making a name for itself across the New York area.  This Dutchess County based boxing gym just produced its first upstate Golden Gloves champion when heavyweight boxer Pat Daka earned the crown after several tournament victories up in Buffalo, NY.

On the local Dutchess County scene fighter John Joy is a familiar face at many of John Carlo’s AKBF fight shows.  Always a crowd favorite, John’s straight ahead style made him the organizations 160 pound champion after several hard fought victories.  Making him one of the most recognized faces in Dutchess County Boxing.

The man behind the curtain for Team Precision Boxing is Derrick Ohlhoff.  Derrick first met Precision owner Brian McLaughlin as their paths crossed at several boxing gyms.  The two became sparring partners as Derrick, a 3-time Golden Gloves Champion himself, was training for the nationals.  Derrick appreciated McLaughlin’s work ethic and agreed to help train his fighters at his Dutchess County gym in LaGrange, NY.  Derrick brings a true wealth of knowledge and experience to Precision, a veteran fighter with more than 30 bouts under his belt Derrick knows the ins and outs of the fight game.  Derrick has also worked with high level Dutchess County professional boxers such as Brian Barbosa and Zuri Lawrence.

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Poughkeepsie Boxing

Originally, Precision was focused solely on MMA competition.  However, as the program grew a dedicated boxing team arose.  Now Team Precision boxing is a known force to be reckoned with on the Dutchess County Boxing circuit.

The Team Precision Boxing style emphasizes strong defense – head movement, slipping, bobbing and weaving, blocking and counter punching make up the core of the curriculum.  Precision boxers don’t always get their hands raised, but they rarely absorb damage.  Hitting without getting hit is the mantra for Precision Boxers.

Precision boxing welcomes boxers from all walks of life.  You don’t have to be the next Mike Tyson to walk through the doors of Precision.  While we’re very proud of our competitors’ achievements, most of our boxers just come in to get in shape and learn self defense in a fun and safe atmosphere.  At Precision we pride ourselves on being the most approachable boxing gym in Dutchess County.  There are no “tough guys” here and we encourage all our students and keep the egos in check.  Whether you want to become the next world champion or just want to sweat off a few pounds, Precision Boxing can get you to your goals.

Right now Precision Boxing is offering an incredible 30 Day FREE Trial for boxers across Dutchess County. To find out more and to schedule your introductory lesson call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsieboxing.com

Join the best boxing team in Dutchess County!

 

Apr 222013
 
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Poughkeepsie Boxing

The sport of boxing has been helping people from all different walks of life better themselves for centuries. However, quality Poughkeepsie boxing has been hard to come by.  Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY (just outside Poughkeepsie) is changing that.  There are many different motivations that drive people to put on a pair of gloves and step into a boxing gym.  A quality boxing gym will work with all boxers, not simply fighters or potential superstars.

Precision MMA offers a safe, clean and supportive environment for boxers across Dutchess County to learn the sweet science.  The first thing that sets Precision MMA apart from many traditional boxing gyms are the group classes.  Many boxing gyms offer only one on one training working with only a single boxer and a single trainer. However, being able to learn in a group builds in a support system of boxers working together to achieve similar goals.  Boxers build camaraderie and friendships making trips to the boxing gym about more than just punches.

Precision’s Poughkeepsie boxing program also offers many different types of classes all of which cater to different boxers.  New boxers are brought into fundamental classes.  At these training sessions boxers work on the essentials of footwork, punching technique, head movement, stance and combinations.  Partner drills, pad work and coordination exercises make up the core of the program.  New Poughkeepsie boxers are not made to spar and no one leaves these classes with black eyes or a bloody nose.

Circuit training classes challenge Poughkeepsie boxers with different sports specific exercises focusing mainly on cardio and strength building.  Boxers become familiar with the heavy bags, jump ropes, double end and maze bags which are part of Precision MMA’s amazing 5,000 square foot facility.  Shadow boxing and calisthenics are also staples of these classes.  Boxers of all experience levels from novice to professional build their fight fitness in these incredible classes.  Others use these classes to lose weight and relieve stress.  Precision boxing is full of success stories from boxers across Poughkeepsie who have lost weight and kept it off.

For those interested in learning boxing for self defense sparring classes exist that simulate street fight scenarios.  Here boxers learn how to stop attackers using combinations and defensive tactics.  Everyday people come to these classes to learn the skills that will keep them safe walking home late at night.

Finally, for boxers who dream of stepping into the ring Precision has competition classes with the goal of creating champions.  Boxers work one on one with coaches doing intense pad sessions and hard sparring with boxers from all levels – amateur to professional.  The Precision boxing team has produced some of Dutchess County’s most accomplished boxers, home of multiple golden gloves champions. Precision emphasizes skill over power and makes sure that its boxers are smart and slick rather than glorified brawlers.

If you’re a Poughkeepsie resident who loves the sport of boxing or if you’re just looking to get in shape and have fun doing it check out Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY.  Right now Precision is offering an incredible 30 Day Free trial where interested students can check out their facility to find out more call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsieboxing.com

Apr 152013
 

On May 4th from 12-2pm Precision MMA is pleased to welcome Muay Thai living legend Kaensak for a striking seminar.  Kaensak is a two time Thailand fighter of the year and a veteran of over 300 fights.  Seminar cost is only $65 if you pre-register by April 21st

To find out more about Precision MMA visit http://www.bjjfighter.com

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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

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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 http://www.lagrangemartialarts.com

Feb 092013
 

Precision MMA’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program – The Finest in Poughkeepsie, NY

by Jamey Bazes

BJJ Brown Belt and Senior Student at Precision MMA near Poughkeepsie, NY

 

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Poughkeepsie Brazilian jiu-jitsu

A lot has changed in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since it was first used by Royce Gracie to win the first Ultimate Fighting Championship back in 1993.  Back in the mid to late 90s, legitimate Poughkeepsie BJJ schools were very hard to come across, and if you were lucky enough to find one, chances are the instructor would not be a black belt or even close to expert level. Much of this was because the majority of black belts still resided in Brazil.

Fast forward to 2013 and not only is it not a novelty for a small town like Poughkeepsie, NY to have a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school with a black belt instructor, but it is not uncommon for even very rural and sparsely populated areas to have more than one school, not to mention the competition in larger urban areas.  Competition between BJJ schools is fierce these days and so each must try to offer the highest quality product and provide something that the others don’t so as to stand out and stay in business.

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Poughkeepsie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Precision MMA in Poughkeepsie New York is well aware of this competition, and because we truly care about our students we are constantly striving to provide the best instruction possible.  Precision stands out from the competitors in many ways.  One way we stand out is that we offer both Gi and No-Gi classes and equal emphasis on both.  While this is becoming more common, there are still many schools which are mainly one or the other, but Precision caters to both styles equally.

 

 

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Poughkeepsie Brazilian jiu-jitsu

One of the more important ways in which our Poughkeepsie BJJ program stands out from others is that we place emphasis on takedowns.  There are still far too many schools that grapple exclusively from the knees and the students do not even realize how much this hurts their games.  All Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, MMA fights and street fights start from the feet, so whatever your motivation for training, if you are not learning takedowns your needs are not being met.  In fact, when someone takes BJJ classes at Precision MMA in Poughkeepsie New York, they are not learning one style of grappling, they are learning seven separate styles.  Our advanced no-gi classes are taught by two instructors who share the stage: a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Professional MMA fighter is there to teach the ground game, and then the takedown instruction is provided by one of any number of our division one wrestlers.  As such, you will be learning not only BJJ, but Freestyle, Folk style and Greco-Roman Wrestling in our Jiu-Jitsu classes.  We also have elements of Russian Sambo and Catch As Catch Can Wrestling that are mixed in for added effect.

Likewise, our advanced Gi Jiu-Jitsu classes are taught by both a BJJ black belt and a world class Judo Black Belt.  Throws and trips from Kodokan Judo are emphasized on the feet and this is something that very few schools offer these days.  What we produce are students who are well rounded, who know how to perform and defend against takedowns both with and without the Gi, and who know all facets of the ground game, including leg locks, which are another area which many schools neglect because they are afraid of the risk of training with them.  However our school stresses safety in performing all techniques, another area that many Poughkeepsie area schools neglect.

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Poughkeepsie Brazilian jiu-jitsu

All too often, BJJ schools are loosely run.   We have all seen those schools where every training session is fought like a tournament match, and this behavior causes injuries.  At Precision MMA, if an opponent refuses to tap to a submission, then catch and release is practiced, meaning that the hold will be relinquished.  We do not have an ego at Precision.  We also recognize that upper level belts can be tapped by lower level belts.  In fact, we hope that this happens because it shows improvement in the lower ranks.  We do not gossip at the end of the day about who tapped whom or make a big deal of it if a lower belt submits a higher one because we realize this is a natural result of regular training.  We feel it is important to stress good sportsmanship and the results speak for themselves.  Inevitably, if you train with an ego there will be a price to pay, whether it is an injury to yourself or a training partner, or simply a bullying mentality that is fostered.  A good Poughkeepsie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu studio should never encourage this.

 

In addition, we provide an atmosphere that is neither too loose nor too formal.  While respect for one’s instructors is paramount, the rigidly traditional routines of some schools can be off putting to some students who are new to the Martial Arts.  Precision MMA Jiu-Jitsu classes are run so that they are fun as well as character building and we like to think of our coaches as friends, not merely superiors.

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Poughkeepsie Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Precision MMA also emphasizes hygiene and cleanliness in our BJJ facility, which is of the utmost importance these days.  With serious staph infections like MRSA and lesser skin afflictions around, keeping the mats sanitized is nothing to take lightly.  At Precision our mats are sprayed and mopped after every single class and our equipment sprayed down.  Students are also told not to train if they think they may have some sort of skin infection and the instructors keep a keen eye out for them so that nothing spreads. We pride ourselves on being the cleanest gym in all of Poughkeepsie.

Another distinguishing factor about Precision’s Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program is our structure: when it comes time to spar we do not choose our own partners without the instructors consent or sit out whenever we feel the desire.  Instead, our instructors are careful to place various students together for specific reasons.  Perhaps the teacher feels that a newer student needs the help of a senior one, so he will match them up.  Or maybe one student will be training for a competition and need to be matched with more skilled students to test them.   One student may be injured and need to train with someone more accustomed to going light.  Our instructors take all of these factors into account and none of our training is done randomly.

Finally, Precision MMA’s BJJ program caters to the specific needs of our students.  We know that different people train for different reasons so we cover all of our bases.  Some students train for self defense, and so which moves would be better or worse for a street fight scenario are discussed in class so that everyone is aware that not all moves should be used in all situations.  Since some students train for competition, we cover this as well, and make students aware of how many tournaments utilize their point systems.  Or if someone is simply at Precision to get in better shape, they can easily achieve this aim since our classes all have serious warm ups and conditioning exercises designed equally to aid with strength, flexibility, cardio and avoiding injuries.  We even have instructors who are knowledgeable about diet and who are willing to provide tips on nutrition for those interested in losing weight.

Overall, whatever your motivation for training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Precision MMA’s program will meet your needs.  We are confident you will not find all of these aspects covered at just any Poughkeepsie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu school.  The proof is in the product, try us out for 30 days of free training and see for yourself.

 

To start your 30 Day FREE Trial of Poughkeepsie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiebrazilianjiu-jitsu.com

Feb 082013
 

Interested in Poughkeepsie Martial Arts? Precision MMA now offers a 30 Day FREE Trial call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com

 

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Poughkeepsie martial arts

 

When I began training Poughkeepsie martial arts back in 1999 the term “mixed martial arts” was so esoteric that when I brought it up in conversation it was like I was speaking a foreign language. The UFC was off pay per view and no one had aspirations of being a cage fighter.  The few people that did train had the attitude of superiority with their chosen style.  This was especially true of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

I remember telling my Poughkeepsie martial arts Jiu-Jitsu coach at the time that I was thinking of wrestling with my high school.  He was very displeased and told me, through his thick Portuguese accent, “Wrestling is all strength, why you want to do?  A wrestler take you down, you choke him”.  That was the line of thinking back then.  My style is better than yours, no need to learn, no need to evolve.

Following the success of The Ultimate Fighter and the subsequent explosion of the UFC, mixed martial arts became a world wide sensation.  Every Poughkeepsie martial arts school, even those operating for over a decade as a single style, became “MMA Gyms” and although the signs outside the gym were painted over, very little changed within the curriculum of these gyms.  The grappling schools added a few heavy bags and the striking schools learned a few headlocks, but few instructors expanded their horizons and rarely were outsiders brought in to even out the program.

I’m proud to say that my Poughkeepsie martial arts gym did not follow suite.  Today we have individual experts in Judo, BJJ, Wrestling, Boxing, and Muay Thai.  There is no sense of superiority of one style over another and a genuine desire amongst the head instructors to absorb everything that each style has to offer.
At Precision “Mixed Martial Arts” is not just a marketing ploy.  December 11th was a big day for our competition team.  It started off when Derrick Feliciano (Little “D”) won his scholastic wrestling tournament.  Later in the evening coach Karl Nemeth won the 155 pound AKBF Muay Thai title and John Joy won the 160 pound AKBF Boxing title.  At the event I found out that Will Nagy took home 1st place at the Fort Dix Combatives tournament (combatives is a military hand to hand fighting styling mixing grappling and striking).  Not only did we have four competitors take home gold, they competed in four distinct styles of martial arts.  From grappling to striking they were all able to successfully compete while training under one roof.  In addition, the competitors they defeated were specialized in only their one discipline.  I’m very happy to say Precision has risen above the dogmatic thinking of the past and evolved into one of the only true MMA gyms in the Poughkeepsie martial arts world.  Although the results are pleasing our journey is far from its destination.  Remember to keep your eyes open and absorb all that the martial arts world has to offer – regardless of what “style” may be attached to it.
Check out Poughkeepsie martial arts at Precision MMA FREE for 30 Days Click HERE or call 845-392-8495 and get started today