Old Former Athletes Wanted!!

If you are a former athlete you miss that hunger every day.  That reason to get up and train, that team comradery .   Now your in you late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with a beer gut and no motivation.  The solution?  Shaddock MMA Fitness.

Remember the old days with a coach pumping you up, a group of team members with the same goal, only now it is to get back in shape.  You will get that at Shaddock mma fitness.  No this is not jogging and lifting weights, but a variety of skill drills and athletic exercises that will never get you bored.

If you want to compete, coach Shaddock will corner you for one fight or coach you up through a grappling tourney to feel those glory days again.

Whether you want to get in the ring or on the mat, or just look like you can we are the gym for you.  Just Set up a time with Coach Shaddock for a FREE 30 minute training session and get your 2nd Sports career started.  Coach Shaddock Competed in Europe in the 5 on 5 championships at age 46, no reason you can’t compete too.  See you in the gym!!



Set High Goals For Yourself, They Will Keep You Alive

This weekend I achieved one of the many goals on my bucket list.  Seems silly but one of the goals was to run the stairs that Rocky did in the movie.  I have been fortunate enough to achieve a lot of what I set out to do. Four years ago I flew across to Latvia in Europe and was one of only 10 or so Americans to fight in the Team fighting championships. Even though I was 46 at the time, I was getting up every morning at 4 am running and training.  I had set an impossible goal and did it, and you can too.

This past year has been a rough one.  Not only did my Mom pass away, and soon afterward, my father in law passed as well. As devastating as this was, in reflection it taught me to never stop dreaming. what I am saying to you is life is short, follow your dreams as you don’t know what day will be your last.  Keeping yourself fit should be a priority for you. We all tend to prioritize everything else but our health and well being but that is the first thing you should focus on.

I have a goal for my business that I hope you can help me with.  I am looking to make Carroll County fit one person at a time.  Now I have a small martial arts studio, and compared to most fitness centers even smaller but the goal is to get Sykesville/Eldersburg on a fitness program.  I hope to have 100 members by 2019, a lofty but attainable one.  We are a small gym but we make up for it in customer service, creativity and a fun atmosphere.

This trip has recently inspired me to set some more outrageous personal goals for myself (don’t tell my wife).  I hope training with others is something I can be doing for the rest of my life.  Won’t you join me at my gym here in Sykesville/Eldersburg MD.  I think you will be glad you did. Go to Shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form.  I will call you myself and set up an appointment to meet and see if we can help you reach your goals.

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



Why Do My Elements Of Boxing Workshop In Sykesville Maryland

My boxing workshop will be starting this Saturday April 1st at 4 pm.  The purpose of this workshop is to teach beginners to be able to spar.  Although this is the objective of most coming to this event, I assure you it will not just be people flailing at each other.

They way my brothers and I learned was sink or swim.  We were thrown in the ring on day one, and learned to box the hard way.  I don’t agree with this type of teaching.  What I have done is picked 6 elements of boxing that will enhance your skills and make you better at all aspects of boxing.  Each session is going to focus on a different component of the sweet science.


  1. Advanced Shadow Boxing And Footwork
  2. Advanced Punching Bag Drills
  3. Combination Punching And Using Them On The Bags
  4. Defense
  5. Counter Punching And Reaction Punching
  6. Controlled Technical Sparring

The goal of the workshop is to give people who are novices in boxing a better understanding of what it takes to spar and how to get the best out of your Fitboxing Workouts.  I hope to see you all there.

Keep Your Hands UP,

Johnny “Bones” Shaddock


Price and Value Of Your Fitness and Martial Arts Membership In Sykesville MD

In these economic times, understandably people are looking for the best price in anything.  Sometimes price makes sense.  Everyone likes a deal !  In the case of your health and fitness and self defense, you should really look at the value.  There are a lot of chain health clubs and McDojos out there boasting to be the best but what are you really gaining?

When I compare price to value, it will seem confusing, but here me out.  Is a $30 a month membership to gym you join worth it?   Are you getting service, instruction, and motivation?  If you don’t want or need any of those, then yes $30 per month is awesome.  For the many people I have met who have spent $30 a month and never go, it is wasted money.  At my gym you can train in small groups (10-15), or you can do personal training.  It’s not $30 a month, but you will see results.  What is better health, a slimmer waist line, a lower heart rate worth to you?  Can you put a price on that?

As far as the McDojos, and there are a few in my area, I look at the value in a different way.  I don’t charge for testing, belts etc.  I teach fitness through self defense.  You will learn how to defend yourself and be fit.  I don’t boast a guaranteed black belt in 3 years, but you will learn to defend yourself.  You will have an owner who is the instructor.  An owner who will roll with and spar with you.  You will learn hands on.  Having an owner on site helps to make changes when necessary to make the gym and the customers experience better.

We are not the cheapest fitness center in the area, we are not the most expensive dojo in the area, what I can tell you is we are the best value in the area.  I do hope you will come on in and try my gym.  Go to shaddockmma.com for schedule of classes.

Keep your hands up,

John Shaddock

Owner Shaddock MMA Fitness

The Origin Of Shaddock MMA Fitness In Sykesville, Maryland

10606524_10152405002263026_8561909990326982636_n Eight years ago I was in the health club business.  Even though I was a salesman at a fitness center, it was very hard to workout.   The reason being If you are working out and a potential sale comes in you may lose money so to be honest you don’t work out. Also you don’t have much time to eat and you eat fast food.  What happened is I gained weight and was out of shape.  I was like most people today, bored with weights and looking for motivation to get fit.

I had wrestled in high school so I looked into jiujitsu, and found a place near my house.  The deal was if I taught the instructors students to box I could train for free.   A few months into the training the owner of the jiujitsu gym asked if I wanted to go with him to Columbia and he was going to close the Sykesville gym. When I said I wanted to keep training in Sykesville he asked me if I wanted to take over the lease and Shaddock MMA Fitness was born.

Throughout my life I had been influenced by my 3 older brothers.  All 3 have been state champion wrestlers and boxers.  I also had the opportunity to work with them and learn about the health and fitness business.  Their influence has helped me develop my gym and gym programs.

Most people today are looking for the easy way to get fit.   Diet plans don’t work, once people quit them and they will, they put on more weight then they originally started the diet.  Health clubs don’t work, their idea is get as many people to join the gym, that won’t use it so you can sell more memberships and it doesn’t get over crowded.  Fitness videos work temporarily until you sell it on craigslist.  Treadmills and elipticals  turn into coat hangers a few months after their purchase. Well what’s the alternative?

The alternative is Shaddock MMA Fitness.  We do personal training either one on one or group training classes.  We are a small gym so you really get the one on one attention.  We also have catch wrestling , boxing sparring as well as a variety of fitness classes.

Some have asked what was the biggest reason for me to get involved in Combat Athletics and fitness.  The truth is my father died of a heart attack when i was 20.  He never got to see any of his sons get married or meet any of his grandchildren.  My goal is for me to walk my girls down the aisle, and to do so I need to keep fit.  I hope this can motivate at least one person to get fit, then I know I have done my job.

Keep your hands up,

John Shaddock