I teach boxing, MMA, and self defense in a manner that is easy to digest and fantastic for beginners who aren’t ready for a boxing gym type of atmosphere. However, I also can help advanced students to develop game plans for competition and prep for fights. The training I provide has helped clients lose weight, increase flexibility, and drastically improve cardio. I am registered with USA Boxing and the New York State Athletic Commission.
Rich and I worked together as martial arts instructors and I have seen him work with middle sized classes consisting of beginners to advanced level students and I have taken his private lessons. In mixed level classes he creates a vibe that keeps everyone working out hard, while giving individual pointers to correct and improve form. He understands the individual strengths and keeps pushing everyone to their limits with an encouraging attitude. He passionately shares his knowledge and experience and enjoys talking his students through the details of using proper technique. I’ve got to experience his private lessons and appreciated his interest in my personal goals, to which he tailored our session with great success to work on my personal improvement in striking techniques, angles and distance. I wholeheartedly recommend his lessons!
Rich is my former coach and he is an amazing instructor. Extremely kind, patient and fun. He will always make sure you are confortable and enjoying your class. Kids love him and can learn boxing and MMA while having fun. I Highly recommend you to check out Rich classes.
Rich Rodriguez was a great teacher! He was very patient with us and always made sure we were comfortable with everything he was showing us. I really appreciated it!
Rich is very thorough and patient when teaching the proper form and techniques of Kickboxing and MMA.
For beginners and first time students, I typically start with the simplest and yet most important aspect of fighting: footwork. It’s a great way to gradually warm up and also gives me the opportunity to assess a student’s skill and coordination. From there, we learn the first basic attacks and learn how to chain attacks together. For self defense, we also learn about some of the most common positions in which attackers end up and how to avoid them.
I’ve trained in dozens of boxing gyms across the Hudson Valley and NYC, and I’ve also trained in many MMA and Brazilian jiu jitsu gyms. I’ve been fortunate to have trained with several UFC vets including Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, Matt Arroyo, Jim Miller, and more. During my training, I have learned boxing, MMA, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, judo, and skills from several other martial arts.
I’ve worked with beginners and advanced students, and everywhere in between. Most of the students I have are taking lessons for self defense, fitness, or interest in competition. Whatever your goal, I will work with you to develop a plan to get you to where you want to be.
Make sure the trainer you work with doesn’t throw you into anything too quickly. Some newer trainers (and even some veteran coaches) will throw a client into sparring well before they’re ready and you’ll end up getting injured. Your safety is the first priority! Also see what others have said about that coach, particularly other coaches and teachers. If they think you r coach is good, chances are they’re worth your time.
What are your goals? Are you looking for self defense? Lose weight? Gain muscle? Do you want to become a professional fighter? Be honest about what you are looking to do with these lessons, and then assess what you’re willing to do to get there. How often can you train? I’d your goal is competition or self defense, the only way to truly be prepared is if you’re drilling technique consistently. And if fitness is your goal, regular training is even more important for physical development. Most importantly, what physical limitations do you have? If you have a pre-existing injury or condition, ask your trainer if he or she has ever worked with someone who has that condition and how they could accommodate you.