A New Approach To Boxing Training In Sykesville Maryland

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 shaddockmma@comcast.net.


Keep your hands up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock


Put a little “punch” in your workout, in Sykesville Maryland

When looking to get fit in 2019, think of doing a boxing fitness class.   Let’s face it weights can be boring, aerobics classes are good if you can keep up with the instructor, running is weather permitting.  There are many benefits to boxing which include, stress release, self defense training, cardio fitness and yes weight loss.

As of late a lot of gyms have followed the boxing trend so you will have some choice available in Sykesville, Maryland.  Here is why you might want to choose Shaddock MMA Fitness. 

Variety: Most of the boxing gyms in the area carry one type of bag, heavy bags and most of them the old water based bags.  At Shaddock MMA Fitness we offer a 20 piece circuit with different styles of heavy bags, speed bags, double end bags, and slip bags. 

True Boxing Self Defense: While a lot of instructors are fun and dynamic, most are aerobic instructors who have never stepped foot in the ring.  Shaddock MMA teaches proper footwork, combination punching and defense amongst other aspects of boxing.  You can get Fit like a boxer without getting Hit like a boxer.  Whether you want to fight in the ring or just look like you can Shaddock MMA fitness is the gym for you. 

Experience: When it comes to true boxing experience not many gyms can compete with Coach John “Bones” Shaddock.  Coach Shaddock has been involved in boxing for 34 years.  A two time finalist in Vermont State Golden Gloves, Shaddock also won the New England Diamond Belt Boxing Championships.  Bones has cornered boxers both amateur and professional in both boxing and MMA.  A competitor himself at age 46 John put together a team and fought over in Riga Latvia in the 5 on 5 teams fighting championship.  Having been in the fitness business for over 30 years Shaddock not only coaches but conditions his fighters as well.   John is certified in Martial arts fitness by the ASFA.  He also worked under coach Rick to get certified in focus mitt training. 

If you want to get in shape and learn the art of boxing contact Coach Shaddock at 443-280-0812.  


Learn The Art Of Boxing In Eldersburg, Maryland

If you are looking for a boxing fitness class nowadays you can find one in most gyms.  There have even been some boxing fitness gyms opening up.  All are good workouts in their own right, but do they actually teach the art of boxing? The truth of the matter is most of the gyms hire aerobic instructors to teach boxing like movements to do to aerobic dance music.  But they don’t actually teach boxing. Shaddock MMA Fitness is something different.

Coach Shaddock has been involved in boxing for over 30 years.  A USA Boxing Certified coach John’s  class teaches the basics of boxing from soup to nuts.  You will learn footwork, basic punches, defense and how to hit the various bags that hang at the gym.  So you will not only get a fantastic workout but you will also learn how to defend yourself through the art of boxing.

The best thing about any of the classes is they are for all ages, all fitness levels, and is good for beginners and advanced students alike.  There is something for everyone in the family.   Before you sign up at any of the other gyms, come try the best first, Shaddock MMA Fitness.   To make sure you feel comfortable taking the class I am offering a FREE one on one training session and orientation on the equipment.  Just go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form and I will contact you to set up your FREE training session.  I hope to see you in the gym.

What To Look For In A Boxing Fitness Gym In Sykesville Maryland

The Money crashers blog stated that the 5 benefits of a boxing fitness class are

  1. Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
  2. Improved Total-Body Strength
  3. Better Hand-Eye Coordination
  4.  Decreased Stress
  5. Improved Body Composition

Well Shaddock MMA Fitness does focus on all of these and I will show you how.

Enhanced Cardiovascular Health- All of the classes at Shaddock MMA Fitness focus on cardiovascular health.  We have a variety of classes to get your heart pumping.  We have FITBOX, IRONBOX, GIRLBOX AND GRAPPLEBOX, each is a great cardio workout.

Improved Total-Body Strength- Our Fitbox and Girlbox classes build body strength through exercises like push ups and sit ups.  GrappleBox uses functional exercises that relate to grappling to build strength.  IronBox uses traditional and non- traditional weight exercises to build muscle and strength.

Better Hand-Eye Coordination- This is probably the biggest area that separates Shaddock MMA from the competition.  While shadow boxing and heavy bag training can help with hand-eye coordination, there is no substitute for the light bags.  At Shaddock MMA Fitness we not only have a variety of different heavy bags, but we have speed bags, double end bags and slipping bags which focus on hand eye coordination.

Decreased Stress- Working out in general will reduce your stress level, but nothing will get rid of your stress like punching out a heavy bag.

Improved Body Composition- Although people say they want to lose weight, ideally they want an improved body composition.  What that means is low fat and increased toned muscle.  All of the classes at Shaddock MMA Fitness will achieve that.


Shaddock MMA Fitness Is A Gym For The Whole Family In Eldersburg MD

As if late there have been a crop of boxing fitness centers to come up in the area.  There are a couple of things that differentiate Shaddock MMA Fitness from the other guys.  One big thing is it’s not only owner operated but it has been in business for 10 years,   The other thing that separates us is we are family oriented, we have something for the whole family.

Shaddock MMA has multiple adult boxing fitness classes as well as Kids MMA and Fitness classes work with kids as young as 4 years old.  Our Kids MMA and Fitness program focuses on martial arts basics.  Kids will learn basics of kick boxing, school boy wrestling and submission grappling.  They learn in a fun safe environment through games and skill drills.

I also cater to families who want to train together.  With a flexible training schedule I have the ability to train a family by training at odd hours to fit the kids schedule and Mom and Dad’s schedule.

If you are interested in training with me contact me through my website at shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form.  Next time you are shopping for a boxing fitness gym, find one that caters to the whole family.  See you in the gym.

Teaching Boxing Since 1987, Shaddock Teaches Boxing Fitness In Sykesville, MD

There have been a lot of boxing gyms popping up in Maryland lately.   When choosing one you want to choose carefully.  First off, experience will help.  Now we know most people aren’t planning on stepping through the ropes anytime soon, but doesn’t it make sense to learn the correct form when learning to box. Not only do you want to learn from someone who has boxed but also someone who has coached fighters.  The last thing you want is someone who has some fitness experience.  You will get all of these at Shaddock MMA Fitness.

In 1987 John “Bones” Shaddock a Golden Gloves boxer was working at a health club in Vermont.  He had been asked by his older brother Chris to help out teaching his brothers Boxercise class.  Shaddock, a New England Diamond Belt Boxing Champion eventually left his brother’s gym in Vermont and taught at multiple gyms up and down the East coast.  John didn’t only have boxing experience but worked as a trainer being certified in fitness training and plyometrics through N.A.H.F.  Coach Shaddock has worked with amateur and professional boxers and MMA fighters helping them get ready for fights and even working their corners.

In 2008 John opened Shaddock MMA Fitness and began teaching Fitbox.  As the school grew he added Girlbox (womens only), IronBox (boxing and circuit training) , and GrappleBox (boxing and submission wrestling).  These are unique classes that you won’t find anywhere else.  They are always changing and evolving so the customer gets the best results.

If you are interested in getting fit and learning basic self defense come in to Shaddock MMA Fitness.  Go to Shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form.  You will be glad you did.

The Best Boxing Training Deal In Eldersburg/ Sykesville, MD

If you are looking for a deal on boxing training look no farther than Shaddock MMA Fitness.  Now others will give you 3 session for $10 (the cost of the gloves), Shaddock MMA Fitness will actually give you FREE gloves with their training packages without raising the price.

You also want to look at experience in training.  Coach Shaddock is the most experienced boxing training coach in the area.  As a New England Diamond Belt Champion and 2 time Vermont State Golden Gloves Finalist John has experience competing in boxing.  Coach Shaddock is a USA boxing certified coach and has cornered amateur boxers and professional MMA fighters.  John Shaddock has also been in the health and fitness business for over 30 years and is an NAHF certified fitness trainer.  He has also been teaching boxing fitness as long has he has been in the fitness business.

Shaddock MMA Fitness is offering $70 Hyabusa gloves for FREE with any of our personal training packages (and we are not changing our training prices). So if you are looking for quality gloves, mixed with quality training, go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form.  You will get a FREE 30 minute training session and if you join you will get a FREE pair of Hyabusa gloves.