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Most Poughkeepsie boxers are aware that the sweet science is not a new pass time. With it’s 18th century arrival in Europe and it’s various incarnations under Broughton Rules, London Prize Ring Rules, and finally the current Marquess of Queensberry Rules, boxing has been practiced for sport, fitness and self defense.What is fairly new, however, is it’s rapid growth in the Hudson Valley area of Poughkeepsie New York and it’s incorporation into the syllabus of Precision MMA in Poughkeepsie. Precision’s boxing program boasts instructors and training partners with extensive resumes in the sport.
Our head boxing instructor, Derrick Ohlhoff, is a 3 times Golden Gloves boxing champion with an extensive winning record in amateur boxing competition who also has many years experience in coaching. He is arguably the most knowledgeable Poughkeepsie boxing trainer in the entire Hudson Valley. As such, his attention to detail is excellent, and anyone who takes his classes, from beginners to advanced students, will have much to learn from him. Likewise, our instructor Jon Russo has had several wins inside the boxing ring and has over twenty years of experience in the sport. Having trained in a wide variety of Martial Arts in addition to his boxing training, Jon’s approach to boxing is slightly different and is excellent not only for the ring, but also for street self defense. Jon is also a creative Poughkeepsie boxing instructor who is good at providing an atmosphere that is fun for students of all ages and he is excellent at coming up with entertaining new training exercises. John Joy is another Precision MMA boxing coach who has an impressive amateur record and has held the local AKBF Boxing title at 160lbs. Joy is also adept at teaching Poughkeepsie boxing students of all experience levels, but has a particular knack for explaining the fundamentals to beginners. There is no point in one’s boxing training where emphasis upon proper footwork, head movement and body mechanics is more important than during the beginning stages, and John instills this in everyone from day one.
We are also extremely privileged to have training with us the premier professional Heavyweight boxer in the Hudson Valley in Zuri Lawrence. Zuri was at one point ranked as high as #12 in the world at Heavyweight and was so known for his skills that he was personally sought after and used as a training partner by none other than former World Heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. Soft spoken and affable, Zuri is excellent at explaining boxing’s finer points to beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.
“Precision MMA is a great place with great teachers. If you want to box come to Precision, it’s a nice spot in a good area with good coaches” – Zuri Lawrence
Zuri Lawrence Professional Poughkeepsie Boxer
With such a wealth of experience in our instructors, our training environment reflects. We have a unique atmosphere at Precision which attracts all sorts of people since we are not a traditional boxing gym, we are a Mixed Martial Arts studio which offers a wealth of boxing classes and we reap the benefits of this setting. Those who come to our other classes without much interest in boxing may acquire a taste for it at a later point, especially when they see our brand new eighteen by eighteen foot ring. It might seem odd to those in the Poughkeepsie boxing world, but there are quite a few Mixed Martial Arts studios which offer boxing classes as an aside, but do not have an actual boxing ring in their facility. This works to their detriment if students are interested in stepping in the ring. However, at Precision those interested in competitive boxing can train in the proper environment. Students at Precision in MMA in Poughkeepsie New York often have different motivations for training. Some are simply there to enjoy themselves, which is easy to do since our instructors are easy going and open-minded. Generally, if one were to walk into the average Poughkeepsie boxing gym for no reason other than to find a new pass time a serious boxing coach might not give them as much attention as those preparing for in the ring combat. However, at Precision our instructors will take just as much time to teach boxing’s nuances to those there to have a good time as to the serious competitors. Some students are there for fitness, and with our program’s extensive focus on cardio and strength training this need is sure to be met. And finally, if one is interested in stepping into the ring then Precision’s program will prepare them better than any other in the Poughkeepsie or Hudson Valley region. We have had countless students use the boxing they learned at Precision to win amateur and Golden Gloves matches and we have also had students adapt those skills to win kickboxing, muay thai, amateur and professional Mixed Martial Arts fights.
Above all else, safety is stressed in Precision’s boxing program and this is why it is so effective for students of all experience levels. Precision has the best safety record of any Poughkeepsie boxing gym in the Hudson Valley. Sparring is only allowed once a student has been attending classes and focusing on the basics for a significant period of time and before they take part our instructors make sure that they are capable of controlling their punching power so they do not present a risk to others. Once a student is permitted to spar, they must wear the proper safety gear at all times, including hand wraps, gloves, headgear, cup and mouthpiece. During sparring sessions the instructor’s watchful eye is on the students at all times to make sure that the proper rules are being obeyed and the proper precautions taken. The instructors place great emphasis on matching together partners of equal skill level. Beginners will not be placed with advanced students in heavy sparring scenarios. Nor will two beginners be paired off if it appears to the staff that their sessions may escalate into brawling. Great thought and care is put into matching up appropriate sparring partners to ensure the best possible results and to reduce any risks for injury.
To conclude, Precision MMA’s Poughkeepsie boxing program leaves no student behind. The privilege of learning to box in a true Mixed Martial Arts school rather than a one dimensional boxing club gives our school a different angle from most, and we have seen the success for ourselves in the enjoyment of our students, as well as in the titles and trophies they have won through their hard work. Whether you are just starting out or have been boxing for years, whether your goal is fitness, self-defense or competition, Precision’s boxing program will adapt to meet your needs as an individual.