Making Martial Arts Fun In Sykesville, MD

We do things a little differently at Shaddock MMA Fitness.  I have developed a class that exposes children to multiple martial arts through games and fun skill drills.  This is not a traditional martial arts program.  No uniforms, no belts, no bowing, just basic self defense and fitness.  The program includes basics of kick boxing, schoolboy wrestling and no gi jiujitsu.  The class also includes a cardiovascular warm up with fitness exercises.   Your child will be exposed to multiple styles while getting fit.  I change the activity every 10 minutes or so to keep them moving so they don’t get bored.  Besides Saturday classes I work with home school children to help with the Physical Education portion of their school curriculum.  If this sounds like something you are interested in I am doing early registration our fall session beginning in September.  Feel free to contact me at



Coach John Shaddock


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

Keep Your Hands Up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock