PRLog - Feb. 15, 2013 - LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. -- The boxing program at Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY has some of the most reknown trainers in the Hudson Valley. Beginning with chief instructor, Coach Derrick Ohlhoff, a 3-time Golden Gloves champion, has worked with boxers from novice to the elite professional level. He has outstanding attention to detail and patience all boxers from beginners to advanced students learn new skills each time they step into the ring with him. Likewise, our other Hudson Valley instructor Jon Russo also boasts wins inside the boxing ring and has over twenty years of boxing experience. Having trained in Jeet Kune Do and other Martial Arts in addition to his years as a boxer, Jon’s approach to boxing is slightly different and includes tricks not only for the squared circle, but for street self defense as well. Jon is known for being a creative instructor who excels at providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere, a welcome change from the intimidating nature of many Hudson Valley Boxing gyms. John Joy is another Hudson Valley boxing coach at Precision. John holds one of the most impressive amateur records in the Hudson Valley and has held the local AKBF Hudson Valley Boxing title at 160lbs. Coach Joy is also skilled at teaching students of various experience levels, but truly thrives when working with beginning boxers. There is no point in a Hudson Valley boxer’s training where emphasis upon proper footwork, head movement and body positioning are as important as during the introductory phase, and John instills this in each Hudson Valley boxer from their first lesson. We are also very fortunate to have one of the top Hudson Valley Heavyweight boxers training with us on a regular basis – title contender Zuri Lawrence. Zuri has been ranked as high as #12 in the world at Heavyweight and was so highly regarded that he was personally selected as a training partner for legendary Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield.
We have a unique atmosphere at Precision which brings students of all walks of life since we are not a traditional boxing gym. At Precision Hudson Valley boxers that have a flair for competitive boxing can train in an environment that has produced champions. Hudson Valley boxers who are simply there to enjoy themselves and relieve stress are more than welcome as well – many don’t realize that this group actually makes up the majority of our students. Unfortunately, these days when a person walks into the average boxing gym to learn the sport as a hobby many coaches will not give them the time of day. However, at Precision our instructors treat recreational students and fighters as equals and give each the attention and time they deserve. 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 if one does dream of one day stepping into the ring then Precision’s Hudson Valley boxing program will prepare them better than any other gym in the region. We have had countless Hudson Valley boxing student win amateur and Golden Glove bouts and we have also had students take those same boxing skills and earn victories in kick boxing, Muay Thai, and even pro MMA fights.
Finally, safety is stressed in Precision’s Hudson Valley boxing program and this is precisely why it is so effective for students of all experience levels. Sparring is only included once a student is well prepared. All sparring is also conducted under the close supervision of professional coaches. In addition, when a student is sparring, they wear 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. No one is thrown to the wolves, sparring is conducted in a productive manner that results in stronger students. Great thought and care is put into matching up the right sparring partners to provide the best results and to minimize the risk of injury.
With Precision’s Hudson Valley Boxing program no student is left 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.
Hudson Valley boxers can now check out Precision MMA’s Boxing Classes FREE for 30 Day call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsieboxing.com to get started