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

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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.

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 shaddockmma.com.

Keep Your Hands Up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock

Price and Value Of Your Fitness and Martial Arts Membership In Sykesville MD

In these economic times, understandably people are looking for the best price in anything.  Sometimes price makes sense.  Everyone likes a deal !  In the case of your health and fitness and self defense, you should really look at the value.  There are a lot of chain health clubs and McDojos out there boasting to be the best but what are you really gaining?

When I compare price to value, it will seem confusing, but here me out.  Is a $30 a month membership to gym you join worth it?   Are you getting service, instruction, and motivation?  If you don’t want or need any of those, then yes $30 per month is awesome.  For the many people I have met who have spent $30 a month and never go, it is wasted money.  At my gym you can train in small groups (10-15), or you can do personal training.  It’s not $30 a month, but you will see results.  What is better health, a slimmer waist line, a lower heart rate worth to you?  Can you put a price on that?

As far as the McDojos, and there are a few in my area, I look at the value in a different way.  I don’t charge for testing, belts etc.  I teach fitness through self defense.  You will learn how to defend yourself and be fit.  I don’t boast a guaranteed black belt in 3 years, but you will learn to defend yourself.  You will have an owner who is the instructor.  An owner who will roll with and spar with you.  You will learn hands on.  Having an owner on site helps to make changes when necessary to make the gym and the customers experience better.

We are not the cheapest fitness center in the area, we are not the most expensive dojo in the area, what I can tell you is we are the best value in the area.  I do hope you will come on in and try my gym.  Go to shaddockmma.com for schedule of classes.

Keep your hands up,

John Shaddock

Owner Shaddock MMA Fitness

Grapplers Wanted in Sykesville, MD

If you are a former wrestler looking for that same kind of workout, this is the class for you.  If you are a high school or college wrestler looking for a great off season workout Shaddock MMA Fitness is the place for you.  We have submission wrestling AKA No Gi Jiujitsu 4 nights per week and open mat on Saturday.

At Shaddock MMA Fitness we teach a different style of grappling than the norm.  First off we don’t do belts we don’t wear uniforms, it’s just like wrestling practice in college or HS.  We have combined the basic take downs of wrestling, with 10th planet style of jiujitsu sprinkled with a little bit of catch wrestling.

Most importantly we incorporate a ton of fitness in our classes.  Not only will you be learning self defense, you will be getting in great shape.  We have competitive and non competitive grapplers.  We have teenagers and guys in their 40s.  people of all shapes and sizes, and all levels of grappling.

I hope you will come in and give us a try.  Contact me to come in and try two weeks for FREE.  Contact me at shaddockmma@comcast.net or 443-280-0812.

 

Sincerely,

Coach John Shaddock

 

No Gi Jiujitsu in Sykesville, Maryland

If you miss the old wrestling practices, and loved grappling.  If you like jiujitsu but don’t want to wear a uniform and don’t much care about belts.  If you want to get fit while learning a ground based self defense than come to Shaddock MMA Fitness.  We bring back the energy and fun of the old wrestling workouts.  Learn techniques and work drills all the way to live one on one grappling.  Bring back the hard training and comradery of high school and college wrestling practice.  Each week we add more new moves and the training gets a little harder.  Whether you want to compete or just stay fit, this is the class for you.

 

 

Keep your hands up,

 

John “Bones” Shaddock

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Keeping your teens fit this summer in Sykesville, Maryland

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With summer just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what your teen is going to get involved in this summer.  Too old for summer camp what will you have them do this summer.  Unfortunately with too much idle time a bored teen can be a handful and get themselves into trouble.  The solution, Shaddock MMA fitness.

We have classes to make every teen happy.  We have Fitbox and Fitbox circuit to get your kids in great shape.  For the competitive teen we have boxing with light contact which can bring them to the next level. For the aspiring wrestlers we have open mat classes and for the teens that want to learn a new sport and self defense we have Catch As Catch Can wrestling.

I have noticed that most markets are set for little kids and adults but the teens get left out.  Get your kids fit and keep them occupied this summer.  You will be glad you did.

Keep your hands up,

John “The original Bones” Shaddock