A Different Kind Of Gym In Sykesville MD

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

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Is Your Martial Art, A Partial Art?

I was watching a blog by John Hackleman, legendary coach of Chuck Liddel.  In his latest blog John poses the question is your art a martial art a partial art?  Now I am paraphrasing but he states that for a martial art to be a complete art it has to have 4 components.    A striking art (boxing or Muay Thai), a wrestling art for take downs and break downs, jiujitsu for submissions, and just as importantly you need to incorporate fitness as part or your art.  There is a quote “fatigue makes cowards of us all.”, and if you are too tired to fight then you cannot defend yourself.  If your training is missing one of the 4 components your style is not complete.

When asked what martial art he recommended, Navy Seal Jacko Willink recommended in this order “Brazilian jiujitsu, followed by western boxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling(the type you see in the Olympics, not the WWE-No disrespect to the WWE).

At Shaddock MMA Fitness we like to do train in all of the elements of martial arts.  Our Fitbox class teaches all aspects of boxing, footwork,  basic punches, defense etc.   For those who want a little more we do sparring.  We have a fighter fighting on ESPN DEPORTES at the end of the month. Our submission wrestling class teaches take downs , breakdowns and elements of wrestling. Our Gaijin Ryu Jiujitsu class teaches Techniques Are Very Similar To Those Found In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese Jujitsu & Judo, Korean Yudo & Hapkido, And American Free-Style Wrestling…. Just To Name A Few. Our Iron Box class is a great cardiovascular and strength training class as well as in all of our martial arts classes we drill conditioning.   Our Kids Gaijin Ryu Jiujitsu class combines basic calestenics, the striking arts with the grappling arts so the children are well rounded.

If you are interested in training for fitness or self defense we have the gym for you.  You can email me at shaddockmma@comcast.net or call or text me at 443-280-0812.

Keep your hands up,

Coach Shaddock

 

Are Your Kids Getting Fit?

Kids today are different from when you and I grew up.  I can remember being outside most of the day, on a bike playing in the woods etc.  We played football and baseball with the other neighborhood kids. Todays generation is much different.  With cell phones, Ipods, and video games it’s no wonder our kids are less active. “The United States landed 47th out of 50 nations when comparing fitness results among the world’s children, with Canada coming in 19th — a far better result than their neighbors to the south — based on data in the study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. ”

Well at my gym I offer a variety of activities for the kids.  The younger kids do our kids MMA class which offers a variety of martial arts through games and skill drills.  For the for mature teenage kids they can do our boxing fitness classes.  The beauty of our program is in it’s flexibility.   The maximum agreement is ONLY for 3 months.  We also offer affordable memberships for kids that can only come in once or twice a week.  If you are looking to get your kids active fill out the contact form on shaddockmma.com.  I look forward to having your kids come take class.

Boxing Fitness Gym Going Strong After 10 Years In Sykesville, MD

In the small town of Sykesville, MD is a small boxing gym they call “Sykesville’s best kept secret.”  Shaddock MMA Fitness is a small MMA fitness gym.  There are a lot of fly by night boxing gyms that have opened up as of late, but here are a few reasons you may want to consider a local boxing fitness gym.

ONE ON ONE ATTENTION: Every member will receive a FREE 30 minute orientation so they feel comfortable taking the class.  Once you are a member our classes are small, imagine a gym where like the show Cheers “Everybody knows your name.”  You won’t feel like just a member but as a part of a family.  Everyone is helpful and there are know egos in the gym, just people trying to get fit.

EXPERIENCE:  Coach Shaddock is the head instructor and class designer for Shaddock MMA Fitness.  He was the New England Diamond Belt Boxing Champion and two time finalist in the Vermont State Golden Gloves.   John fought in The Original Toughman Contest and at age 46 went over to Europe and fought in the TFC’s 5 on 5 team fighting championships on the first USA team ever to compete. John is also a NAHF certified fitness trainer and USA Boxing Certified coach.

CUSTOM MEMBERSHIPS:  Shaddock MMA Fitness has a new concept.  Custom made memberships.  You use the gym once a week you pay one price, want to come everyday, you pay another price.  You tailor your membership to however long you want to train.  No one else in the industry is doing this.

INNOVATIVE CLASSES:   John Shaddock is the creator of all of the classes.  This is not a corporate gym where all of the classes and music are choreographed. Coach Shaddock custom designs classes like FITBOX, IRONBOX, and  GRAPPLEBOX.  Come try a FREE 30 minute session, you will be glad you did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Getting Back To The Future In Sykesville MD Means Getting The Family Fit

In an age of magic phones that seem to do everything for us, Amongst other things entertain us constantly, there is a lack in human interaction.  With self driving cars, online shopping, and on demand movies it’s  a wonder people will ever leave their homes in the future.  Shaddock MMA Fitness has got a way to get you and your family to actively interact again.

One of the biggest concerns today is the fitness of America.  We get fatter and fatter every year.  The addition of new technology has not helped.  A new trend at my gym has been families that are doing group training.  Whether they show up for a class or have a private session it’s been nice to see families interacting in the gym. I have no electronic devices or high tech sound system ( i’m stuck in 70’s and 80’s Rock and Roll) .  We have old fashioned sweat and tears mixed with weights and boxing leather.  It’s great to see different generations training together on the same equipment and enjoying it. Your family will learn fitness and basic self defense, a necessity in this day and age.

So when you want to think of something different for the family to do, contact me at shaddockmma.com.  They do say “A family that trains together stays together.”   Contact me for a free 30 minute fitness session and equipment orientation with the family.  You’ll be glad you did.

Boxing Fitness Eliminates Excuses In Sykesville, MD

For those who don’t already know, I am the owner of Shaddock MMA Fitness in Sykesville, MD.  We have the best boxing fitness program in Carroll County Maryland.
Even though this is the case, as an owner I did notice that people have been hesitating to move forward and join my gym.  I have gone out of my way to design memberships that will overcome any obstacle that could keep someone from joining.  If you are considering joining but have concerns read on.

TOO MUCH MONEY Money is usually the biggest obstacle that people come up with for the reason they can’t join.  We have added new memberships that will fit everyone’s budget.  Our most economical membership cost as little at $1.20 per day.

I DON’T WANT TO COMMIT TO A YEAR OR TWO- Most people are upset about doing long term commitments at fitness centers.  A lot of times they commit for a short time and then  get billed even though they no longer use the gym.  At Shaddock MMA the longest commitment is 3 months. 

COMPETITION- In the area you will not find a more experienced boxing fitness instructor than myself. I was a two time VT State Golden Gloves finalist and the New England Diamond Belt boxing champion.   I have been teaching boxing fitness for 30 years.  As a USA certified boxing coach I have trained and cornered many boxing and MMA fighters.  I was involved in the fitness industry for most of my life.  I am an NAHF certified personal trainer.

If you want to train at a boxing gym with a trainer who knows boxing look no further than Shaddock MMA Fitness.  Come in and try a FREE 30 minute session with me.  I will show you the basics and how to hit the bags so you feel more comfortable in your first class. Go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form and I will set up an appointment with you.

I hope to see you in the gym,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock