Ten years ago I was working in the health club business. I had gotten heavy and out of shape. In search of a workout different than lifting and aerobics I found the Gaijin Ryu Dojo in Sykesville MD. I had an agreement with my instructor Master Lee, if I taught his guys to box, he would teach me jiujitsu for free. A partnership was born. About 6 months later my instructor left the area and asked if I wanted to take over the lease, and Shaddock MMA Fitness was born.
I started Shaddock MMA Fitness as a strictly MMA gym. I trained fighters and we fought in PA, Virginia and New Jersey. The travel was brutal and although I had a blast doing it I found as my girls got older I had more obligations and needed to stop training fighters and keep my business local.
Shaddock MMA Fitness has changed to give me the best of both worlds. Although I don’t train “fighters” I do train average people like fighters. Teaching them the techniques I learned in Golden Gloves boxing, Gaijin Ryu jiujitsu and amateur wrestling. Although I competed as a body builder in the Vermont NPC championships, I got bored lifting weights. Lifting never made me feel the same as I did at the end of a boxing workout, jiujitsu class or wrestling practice. I always have loved training for combat sports and have taken every thing I have learned over the years and designed classes to make others get fit while enjoying it.
My goal is to get Sykesville fit one person at a time. I hope you or your children will come try my boxing fitness and jiujitsu classes. I really have a different type of gym and I feel the best clients out there. I hope to see you in the gym one day.
Keep your hands up,
Coach John “Bones” Shaddock