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Shaddock MMA Fitness- Top Martial Arts Fitness Studio in Eldersburg, Sykesville, MD
If you’re looking for a fresh start to your new year and you live in the Eldersburg and Sykesville area of Maryland, Shaddock MMA Fitness should be at the top of your list to check out. Shaddock MMA Fitness opened its doors in 2008 and is owned and operated by John Shaddock. Remember when your parents asked you, what do you want to do when you grow up? John, had a similar experience as well, except his parents asked him, “John, what are you going to do with your life? You can’t just play for a living.” In fact, play is what John really is able to do for a living, which for him, is practicing and teaching martial arts and fitness for a living while helping others transform their health, confidence and physical skill set.
We spoke with John Shaddock of Shaddock MMA Fitness and learned more about his journey. John had been in the fitness industry for 30 years, opening and managing various fitness gyms up and down the east coast throughout Vermont, New York, North Carolina, and Maryland. His start in martial arts started at age 3. He excelled in competitive highschool wrestling, which led to a decorated career in boxing, where he won titles in the Diamond Belt Boxing Championships and was a finalist in the Vermont Golden Gloves. Over many years, he has studied several martial arts disciplines including Aikido, Gaijin Ryu jiujitsu, Brazilan jiujitsu, Shorin Ryu karate, and Jeet Kune Do. When John found himself too busy to fit in exercise at his place of work, he decided to refocus on his practice of martial arts.
He came upon a martial arts studio just 5 minutes from his home, and developed what would become a strong bond and re-connection with the art and his mentor, Master Lee Epperson. After a few years of dedicated training that re-ignited John’s passion, he decided to take over the studio when Master Lee decided to move away. It was almost a natural transition. It will be be twelve years in April 2020 and John now has a close knit growing community of adult and youth members that receive the benefit of physical fitness while learning self defense and boxing inspired cross training through innovative sessions that you won’t see elsewhere.
His classes start at either 9 or 9:30 Monday through Thursday for various classes, and then they start up in the evening for classes at 5:00, 5:45, 6:30, and 7:30 Mon through Thursday. He instructs children and adults, and you’ll be pleased to know his training is a mixture of pure martial arts training classes, to training sessions like Ironbox and Fitbox that blends martial arts and boxing with the challenge and surprise of different workout stations, ever changing training and boxing props, and his impressive line up of 20 hand picked uniquely designed punching bags.
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John’s desire to see people improve and grow has expanded into the comic book arena as well. As a result of past endeavors and project, he has been selected as a featured hero in an AntiBullying comic book called Warrior Island, he was at Comic Con promoting the comic book, and this year he will be at the Martial Arts Supershow, the largest gathering of martial arts studio owners, professionals, and instructors, in Las Vegas.
If you want extra customized training, John also provides personal training for select clients. He deserves your attention because unlike much of his competition, he is an actual competitive boxer and he competed 8 years as an amateur. His line up for each session frequently changes to keep members challenged and having fun. “My goal is to get everyone in the Eldersburg/Sykesville area fit one person at a time,” he shares. Be sure to check out his site at shaddockmma.com for success stories. He is located at 6345 South Carroll Park Drive Eldersburg Maryland 21784. 443-280-0812
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