I have been involved in boxing for over 34 years. I started boxing with my brothers in 1984 at a recreation center in Vermont. Over the years I have studied the sweet science I realized how times have changed and the type of training we had done would not be deemed safe by todays standards. So I have designed Fitbox 2.0 to get you as close to combat as possible, teach you effective self defense without the wear and tear of old school boxing training.
Back when my brothers and I were training , our old coach did not have us hitting the bags, shadow boxing or drilling. We would arrive at the gym and do a minimum of 7 -3 minute rounds of sparring a night 5 nights a week. This was pretty normal as the philosophy was if you could do more than double the rounds at a minute longer the time of the rounds, you would be in great shape for the fights. Back then no one was considering CTE, Parkinsons, or ALS as future issues.
One of the last things I learned was footwork, and now when I teach students it is the first thing I teach. Footwork helps you avoid punishment and makes it easier for you to hit your opponent. We also did not drill defense, we kinda just figured it out. if you got hit with enough left hooks you put your hands up. Now I teach my students to parry and catch punches. How to slip and bob and weave. All of this is drilled multiple times before sparring is ever done.
Being the youngest of four boys I had my share of savage sparring sessions. When we first started fighting we tended spar hard and to “leave it in the ring so to speak”. My oldest brother Chris came up with a method of sparring to keep us sharp while not taking punishment. Technical sparring had us focusing on one punch say the jab. All you could throw for the round was the jab. It kept you sharp and no one would get too beaten up. Now a days I have found many professional fighters sharing the same sentiment. Less sparring, more drilling and conditioning. This gave me the idea for Fitbox 2.0.
My class is designed to teach you “soup to nuts” how to fight. You will learn footwork, defense, offensive combinations, advanced bag work, advanced mittwork and more. I will get you as close to fighting as possible and for those who want we will actually do some technical sparring. For those few who still want to spar and may even want to try a fight, I do have some private sparring sessions with our professional boxer Yahu “Rock” Blackwell.
If you have never boxed before or had a bad experience in the past I encourage you to come to my gym and try my Fitbox 2.0 boxing class on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm. You will learn to box the right way in a safe, fun environment. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep your hands up,
Coach John “Bones” Shaddock