A Workout That Burns A Lot Of Calories In Sykesville, Maryland

If you are looking for a workout to burn off lots of calories then you need to look for a boxing fitness class.  At Shaddock MMA Fitness are fitness classes all include some form of boxing fitness.  We don’t just do shadow boxing like the “Tae Bo” style of class but actually punch bags like at a traditional boxing gym. As most boxing fitness classes are taught by aerobics instructors, the classes at Shaddock MMA Fitness are taught by former Golden gloves boxer and New England Diamond Belt champion John Shaddock.

The Live Strong Blog says that a boxing class can burn up to “800 calories”.  I invite you to come try any of my classes for a great workout.  We have FitBoxing, IronBoxing, and GrappleBoxing.  Come in and try one of our classes and find out what it’s all about.  Just go to our website shaddockmma.com for our schedule of classes.

Whether you want to fight in the ring or just look like you can Shaddock MMA Fitness is the gym for you.  I hope to see you in the gym.  You can email me with any questions at Shaddockmma@comcast.net.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

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Shaddock MMA Fitness’s Home School Fitness Program. What Is It All About.

Two years ago I was contacted by a friend and former member who’s child was being bullied in school and he was looking to home school his daughter.  He asked me if I would be interested in doing a day class for home school children to full fill their P.E. requirement.  Because of this my gym started our Home School program and I am so glad we did.

The difference between our school and most martial arts classes is that we do not wear uniforms or belts so we keep the cost low.  There are also no belt tests which again keeps the cost down.  More importantly is we do teach fitness through the martial arts.  Each class begins with a warm up and calisthenics.  We teach the basics of Boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and kick boxing.

Another big difference in our school and others is we keep the kids constantly active.   Instead of doing katas or breaking board we teach the kids through games and fun skill drills.  Also we teach a variety of basics in a variety of styles.  Most schools focus on one style of martial art.  We teach a variety of styles, each week changing the curriculum so your kids never get bored.

Last but not least we cater to the Home school life style and have our classes at 12:30 pm much like a gym class at school would be.  We don’t do LONG TERM CONTRACTS.  We do short term sessions to coincide with the seasons, fall , winter, and spring.  As always we are looking to increase our enrollment and welcome new students to try our classes.  Most recently we have been looking to start a TEEN MMA and Fitness program.  If any of these are interesting to you go to the website and fill out a form at shaddockmma.com.

Keep Your Hands Up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock

Factors that could make even the strongest Mayweather fan worry

By now a lot of my social media friends who are Mayweather fans think I am nuts.  I have been analyzing this fight for quite some time.  Some may ask what my experience is. I had fought competitively for 8 years was a two time finalist in the Vermont Golden Gloves and was the 1989 New England Diamond Belt Boxing Champion.  As a mixed martial artist I competed in the Teams Fighting Championships in Latvia ( 5 on 5 fighting).

Many will argue with boxing only rules it does seem like a mismatch, and if Floyd does what Floyd usually does in calling all of the shots it may be.   But if Conor and his team can work the negotiations this could be an extremely competitive fight and here’s how.

  1. Glove Size– Welter weights (147 pounds) can fight with 8 ounce gloves. Anything above Welter weight is 10 ounce gloves.  If they fight at Welter advantage McGregor.
  2. Glove Type– The Reyes gloves are made with horse hair.  They are known as the “punchers glove”.  If McGregor is allowed this type of glove advantage McGregor.
  3. Size of ring– I do believe that the smaller the ring the bigger advantage for Conor, but he does fight in Octagon which is bigger than a ring. But a smaller ring will help McGregor be able to get to Mayweather more often.
  4. This is probably the biggest factor.  Who the referee is will make a huge difference.  Floyd picks the referee, Conor will not be able to get rough in close situations.  He needs a referee that will be let them fight on the inside.

Other factors are the size difference.  Conor is taller, has a reach advantage and by fight time will be the much heavier man.  If the negotiations are worked correctly this could be a very interesting fight.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

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Why I Think Conor McGregor Has A Shot Against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

I can see all of my friends who are boxers, and boxing enthusiasts rolling their eyes already.  The truth is on paper is a boxing match between these two shouldn’t even be close.  Floyd is arguably one of the best defensive fighters of all time. Conor has never fought a professional boxing match.  But stranger things have happened haven’t they?  Does anyone remember a guy named Buster Douglas?  The night Buster fought Mike Tyson I didn’t even watch,  I went out that night and got a phone call from my brother telling me Tyson was KO’d.  Who Knew Buster had it in him, who knew Iron Mike was not taking the fight seriously?  The one thing the tale of the tape does not account for is intangibles, and that is how I believe Conor McGregor is going to win this fight.

First and foremost you have to take into account how awkward of a style that McGregor has. The one post fight comment by most of his opponents was he moved differently than anyone else I have fought.  For those who follow Conor do know of his unorthodox training methods .  His training with Mixed Movement Artist Ido Portal has made him a difficult target for his adversaries.  He will be coming in from different angles which could make it possible for him to solve the unsolvable puzzle that is Floyd Mayweather JR and might be able to catch him.  It only takes one good punch.

A bigger factor is how is this going to affect Floyd  mentally.  As John Scully writes in his book The Iceman Diaries “The wait in the dressing room before a professional fight -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never fought before of whatever heart, pride and courage he thought he had” -Iceman John Scully, April 2002.  Don’t get me wrong, Floyd has fought in every event possible on the boxing stage so this should be a cake walk right?  But the big difference here is if he wins, he is supposed to, if he loses to a non-pro boxer, mma fighter, it will ruin his legacy.  Also team McGregor is going to get under Floyd’s skin like no other opponent has ever done.  An old Floyd who has probably lost a step might be walking into the lions den when he meets the Irish man this fall.

All being said only former fighters like myself who have experienced the “Wait in the dressing room…” That John Scully talks about can appreciate how real the threat doubt is.  Your mind plays games with you before a fight, you ultimately are your own toughest opponent. All I am saying is if a 40 year old Floyd Mayweather JR is not on his game, and has a little doubt in him beforehand,  we could see an upset.

Keep Your Hands Up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

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Why Are Women Boxing In Sykesville, Maryland

Boxing is a fantastic workout.  It will help you physically, Mentally and spiritually.  At Shaddock’s MMA And Fitness a large percentage of our classes are boxing related.  Lately I have noticed more and more women coming in the door to take my classes . The Huffington Post helps to demonstrate why more women are boxing in their blog.

PHYSICALLY– “Boxing burns 500 calories/hour builds lean muscle, develops stamina and endurance, and ramps up metabolism” according to the post.  The Fitboxing and Girlboxing classes at my gym get you in shape through boxing footwork drills and calisthenics as well as bag work.  The IronBoxing class combines weight training with training on the punching bags at the gym.

MENTALLY- The post blog suggest “The research on successful aging urges us to learn something new, strategic and to keep testing ourselves with new sequences and moves.” In our classes there are a variety of skills and drills that not only work you out physically but mentally as well. Each class has different stations and different drills, my classes train your body and your mind.

SPIRITUALLY– In the post they stated “nothing works one’s complete attention and concentration”  Boxing takes focus.  A lot of the skills require extreme focus.  A portion of my class my students participate in meditation.

Some boxing facilities turn women away, we welcome that.  In fact we have a women’s ONLY boxing class called GirlBoxing on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Come in and give us a try.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock