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.
Precision MMA Head coach is a proud member of Team Miller
Jim Miller has done what no other fighter in history has done before. He has fought 30 times inside the UFC octagon. With long time coach and Precision head instructor Brian McLaughlin in his corner Jim put on possibly the best performance of his historic UFC career. Showing flawless muay thai, vicious ground and pound, and his trademark submission skills Jim was able to overwhelm his opponent just moments into the very first round securing the rear naked choke finish. Jim further extended his record of most wins in UFC lightweight history as well.
If you’d like to make your UFC dreams come true check out Precision Boxing & MMA in Poughkeepsie, NY call 845-392-8495 or visit
Precision Boxing and MMA fighter Garret Volpe earned a hard fought victory on Saturday, but it wasn’t long ago that he was in a hospital bed, not fighting for fame, but his survival. Garret fell victim to a heart complications that occured after being infected with an otherwise harmless virus. The situation became so dire that he was one step away from being on a donor list. See the video below to learn more about Volpe’s journey and recovery.
While this news would terrify most people, Garret faced his illness with steadfast determination and optimism, confident that he would not only survive, but thrive.
Once he was back on his feet he did not waste any time and refocused himself on his martial arts goals. First he stepped into the ring for his first boxing match, a grappling superfight followed, then a muay thai bout. All matches had one constant, a notch in the win column for Volpe.
MMA competition remained Volpe’s ultimate goal though. At Cage Wars he would have his opportunity. Standing in his way was a fierce competitor from Team Renzo Gracie, a camp that has numerous past and current world champions to their credit. Volpe knew a hard battle was ahead of him, but he welcomed the challenge with open arms.
The first round began and Volpe began putting his trademark combinations together. Using his whole body as a weapon and his opponent’s whole body as a target Volpe unleashed lightning quick punches, knees and kicks to the head, legs and body.
In the second round Volpe showed his grappling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu skills taking the fight to the ground and progressing to a near fight ending choke hold. Saved by the bell his opponent came out in the final round determined to win and late in the bout landed several hard punches opening a cut around Volpe’s eye. Volpe wethered the storm though and showed that his heart and determination matched his technique en route to a decision victory.
It’s been a busy summer for Precision Boxing and MMA competitors. All of the hard training within the gym was put to the test recently in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions across the Empire State. The first person to step up for Precision was Billy “The Kid” Tasker. Billy is a lifelong martial artist that began his journey as a child, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. From there Billy wrestled in high school and then finally found his way over to Precision where he excelled at Muay Thai and BJJ.
Billy was slated to compete at Cage Wars, one of the largest MMA promotions in Albany, New York. With head coaches Brian McLaughlin and Karl Nemeth in his corner, he felt confident no matter where the fight took place.
The fight began and Billy’s opponent charged after him with bad intentions only to be knocked clean off his sweep by a well timed front kick. Billy capitalized on the opportunity and took his opponent to the ground locking up several submissions. His opponent was game and fought his way out and worked back to his feet.
After a quick exchange Billy was able to grab a hold of his opponent’s neck and press him into the cage, cutting off any avenues for escape. Here he was able to apply a tight guillotine choke and earn the first round submission.
Billy not only put on a spectacular performance in the cage, but set a terrific example for all other aspiring Poughkeepsie MMA fighters. He was disciplined in his training and never took any short cuts. He listened to his coaches every step of the way and displayed a martial artist’s honor and respect in victory.
Live in Poughkeepsie and looking to make your MMA dreams a reality? Check out Precision MMA to get started call 845-392-8495 for your Free intro lesson.
Precision Boxing and MMA will host Sambo expert and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu expert Riely Bodycomb for a leg lock seminar on Sunday January 14th from 12-2pm. Sambo is a Russian martial art. In the native language the word is an acronym for “Self defense without a weapon”. Sambo experts are umong the most highly regarded fighters in mixed martial arts such as Fedor Emelianenko and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Known for devastating throws and leg locks, Sambo is a great addition for any grappler. Precision is constantly looking to further its understanding of grappling and having Riley share his knowledge will be a huge asset. The cost is $40 for Precision members and $50 for non-members. Here is a clip of Riley in Action! Precision Boxing and MMA is the Hudson Valley’s #1 source for MMA located at 51 Burnett Avenue in Poughkeepsie NY
Lindsey Van Zandt is officially the #1 ranked pound for pound female fighter in the state of New Jersey. Lindsey earned a decision victory over Bi Nguyen. Bi was the heavily favored fighter, 96% of voters picked Bi to win the bout, but Lindsey used her stellar wrestling, ground and pound and submission attempts to dominate the bout.
Unfortunately, Lindsey broke her hand with the very first punch she threw. She showed tremendous heart fighting through the pain and earning the victory, but she will now need to take an extended break as her injury heals. The time off is well earned though, Lindsey has had 3 professional fights in a 4 months streak. Most active fighters take 3 fights in an entire calendar year!
She might only tip the scales at 105 pounds, but Lindsey Van Zandt might be the most dangerous fighter in Poughkeepsie, NY. Fresh off the heels of her professional mixed martial arts victory Lindsey wasted no time and climbed back into the cage for Maverick MMA in Strasburg, PA.
Poughkeepsie MMA fighter Lindsey Vanzandt
Lindsey’s opponent was far more experienced, but what she might lack in ring time Lindsey more than makes up for in effort and dedication. For the past five years Lindsey has been a staple of Precision Boxing & MMA and worked tirelessly to soak up as much technique from head coaches Brian McLaughlin and Karl Nemeth as humanly possible. Lindsey was determined to not only win, but to do so in dominant fashion.
The fight began with Lindsey using her evasive movements to frustrated her head hunting opponent. She then began landing a plethora of round kicks and straight punches. Her opponent was game and fought back with strong counter strikes, but the first round definitely went to Lindsey.
In the corner coaches advised Lindsey to take the fight to the ground where they thought they would have a decided advantage. Without missing a beat, Lindsey established a clinch and dragged her opponent down where she would land a series of devastating knees and elbows, forcing the referee to call and end to the fight earning her the TKO victory.
Film maker Sam Rivera tells the harrowing story of Precision Boxing & MMA fighter Garret Volpe who battled back from a life threatening illness and fulfilled his dream of getting in the ring and competing. Garret’s story is an inspiration to all Precision students and shows the power of belief, conviction and hard work.
Precision Boxing & MMA head coach Brian McLaughlin made his return to professional competition at Submission Series Pro’s “Chokes by the Ocean” in Nova Scotia, Canada. The international event was a submission grappling competition featuring some of the top talent from around the US and Canada. Coach Brian was set to face Andrew Tenneson from the famed Jackson/Wink academy. Jackson/Wink is largely considered the best MMA team in the entire world, boasting current and former UFC champion fighters such as Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, Holly Holm and George St. Pierre. Andrew is an instructor at Jackson/Wink as well as an accomplished fighter with a 8-1 combined MMA record. The match was fast paced with numerous close submission attempts by each. In the end Brian’s combination of wrestling, top control and submission attempts secured him the judges decision. Coach Brian proved that even if you’re from the small town of Poughkeepsie, NY you can compete against fighters from the top MMA school on the globe. If you’d like to see the world class training Precision Boxing & MMA has to offer give us a call at 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com