Feb 212019
 
Victory for Lindsey at Bellator 215

It was an exciting night for the audience and the supporting crew of Precision at Bellator 215. They were immediately treated to an extraordinary performance in the preliminary portion put on by Precision’s student Lindsey ‘Damsel’ Vanzandt, that resulted in a beautiful finish; a second round knock out. Lindsey continues to prove that she is a dominating, unstoppable force at 105 pounds that will continue to climb the ranks until she becomes a champion. The second round knock out improved her professional record to 5-1.

After the big win, Lindsey poses with coaches and the supporting crew of Precision

At the beginning of round one, a fair share of punches and kicks were exchanged between Lindsey and her opponent, but Lindsey’s unmatched perfectly timed take down and carefully placed punches were competitive enough to keep her opponent challenged and hurt. In the second round, Lindsey dominated the striking exchanges, stalking her opponent into the fence. From there, Lindsey rocked and dropped her opponent with a beautiful left hook that ended the round with a KO.

The beginning of the end

Going into the fight, Lindsey lost her original opponent, but was fortunate enough to be matched up with another opponent to fight. Lucky for us, because it was truly an entertaining performance. Lindsey walked away from the cage that night with little to no injuries, a victory and a great attitude.

Lindsey is already back in the gym training, improving and looking forward to competing again in the near future. Lindsey isn’t just a great fighter, she also has a big heart and a great attitude, touching everyone she meets in a positive way. We’re proud to represent such a strong willed, competitive individual in the MMA community, and we’re looking forward to see her excel in her journey to become a champion.

Always big smiles from Lindsey

Live in the Hudson Valley and looking to train MMA? Visit us at PrecisionMixedMartialArts.com or call 845-392-8495 so we can get you started today!

Jan 212019
 

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?

                While 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.

                Since 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.

                Every 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.

                Although 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.

Nov 062018
 

There’s an array of reasons as to why people choose to incorporate martial arts into their lives. Many people start training as an avenue towards weight loss, others may be seeking to improve upon their physical strength and their ability to defend themselves. However, the benefits of training martial arts go far beyond physical improvement. Anybody who’s gone for a light run can attest that exercise can improve your mental state. However, for people who suffer from severe depression, anxiety or other mental struggles, it makes a drastic difference in quality of life.

Precision students having fun and boxing

Precision students having fun and boxing

Just like any other physical activity, training martial arts releases endorphins that help combat stress levels. However, unlike most other forms of exercise, learning a discipline like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or boxing is just as much of an exercise for your brain as it is for your body. Learning a technique is very similar to studying in school; going through steps over and over again until you can mold something into muscle memory. Applying techniques in a real time situation such as sparring or competition forces your brain to constantly re-calibrate, assess the situation and apply necessary changes. It’s a constantly evolving puzzle that can only be solved by training your body and mind to work in unison.

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Boxing will relieve stress. Coach Crazy Jon boxes with precision student Leo

Through navigating the challenges presented in martial arts and constantly sharpening your mental and physical skill set, training can instill a strong sense of confidence. Confidence can manifest itself in numerous ways throughout your training. The first, and perhaps most obvious way that training builds confidence is through building a good physique. Consistently training martial arts will not only visibly change your body, but will also result in augmented strength and flexibility. The combination of having pride in your physique and waking up feeling strong and healthy every day feels fantastic. This can also lead to higher energy levels during the day, resulting in more productivity. Additionally, pushing your body and brain during training will lead to deeper and more consistent sleep at night.

Although improving your movement and health through martial arts is a great way to boost confidence, the mental benefits seem to outweigh the physical for most people. Learning a new skill set can be challenging, but engaging and effectively applying that skill set is incredibly rewarding. Becoming competent at something that you’ve put time and hard work into helps to establish a strong sense of self pride and establishes goal-oriented behavior for every aspect of your life. Making training a regular part of your routine requires dedication; not only by showing up to the gym, but through diet, mentality and creating healthier habits. It requires being able to get through small setbacks such as injuries, scheduling and exhaustion. Training equips you with the tools to be able to handle mental battles as well. You’ll learn to keep your ego in check, not to get too deterred after a tough sparring session, and how to get yourself up and into the gym even when you don’t feel like training. All of these mental tools are applicable to the other aspects of your life as well and can help you perform to the best of your ability at work, in social situations and personal relationships.

Most of us think of a martial arts academy as a place to learn hand-to-hand combat, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a community of like-minded people, gathered for the same reason; to improve their lives through martial arts. The community aspect is one of the most understated benefits of training. It’s a strange concept; a group of people voluntarily coming together to practice punching and strangling one another, but the bonds developed on the mats are some of the strongest friendships that I’ve experienced in my life.

If you’re a resident of the Hudson Valley and want to make your MMA dreams a reality in a safe and fun environment, come check out Precision Boxing and MMA; the Hudson Valley’s premier mixed martial arts academy. Give us a call at (845)392-8495 to schedule your free lesson today!

Training Martial Arts will expand your social groups

Nov 012018
 

We’ve all made excuses to get out of doing things that we don’t particularly feel like doing or going somewhere we really didn’t want to go. While some of these excuses may seem harmless, often times we use these excuses to stay in our comfort zone or take the easy way out which can ultimately prove to be harmful to ourselves. Making excuses only sets us back from unlocking our full potential and takes us further away from reaching our goals. An excuse is just a preventable setback from achievement that we have full control over. Excuses keep you from growing and reaching opportunities. From time to time we use the excuse of being ‘too tired’ or ‘being too busy’ to train. While there isn’t a cure for physical or mental exhaustion except a good night’s sleep, all too often, this is just one of the many excuses used to justify skipping class to snack on pizza and nachos. For training MMA to be effective, we must develop a workout schedule and stick to it to expand knowledge and better our martial arts. Nothing was ever accomplished or achieved by not taking any action or making excuses. In our schedule we should incorporate specific days to rest that are consistent to allow our bodies to rejuvenate and adequate rest.

Sometimes excuses are made to disguise the feelings of shortcomings. It’s important to develop a positive mentally when training. We should try to learn to view our shortcomings as a means of improvement instead of a failure. It’s difficult to not dwell on past mistakes, but in order to better ourselves and master that technique we’ve been drilling for ages, we must view the mistakes as something to learn from and move on. As a result of this, you’ll eventually learn to recognize your mistakes, accept them, and learn how to fix them instead of making excuses for them.

Before you make an excuse as a reason not to train or for a poor performance, you should ask yourself whether or not the excuse is valid.

Live in the Hudson Valley and interested in training MMA? Call 845-392-8495 or visit www.precisonmixedmaritalarts.com today so we can help you get started!

MMA in Poughkeepsie, NY

MMA in Poughkeepsie, NY

Sep 272018
 

Precision MMA Head coach is a proud member of Team Miller

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.

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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

http://www.precisionmixedmartialarts.com to get started

Sep 272018
 

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.

Poughkeepsie MMA fighter Garret Volpe wins

Poughkeepsie MMA fighter Garret Volpe wins

If you live in the Poughkeepsie are and would like to make your MMA dreams come true check out Precision Boxing & MMA at 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.precisionmixedmartialarts.com

Jul 232018
 

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.

Poughkeepsie MMA

Poughkeepsie MMA

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.

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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.

Jan 012018
 

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

Nov 162017
 

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!

Learn more about Lindsey in this in great video

Live in Poughkeepsie and want to pursue your Hudson Valley MMA dreams? Call Precision boxing and MMA at 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com to get started!

Oct 092017
 

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

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.

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  Live in Poughkeepsie and want to make your MMA dreams a reality? Call Precision MMA at 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com to get started!