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Featured Shadowball boxer: Stefon Joseph March 25, 2016 00:28

Featured Shadowball boxer Stefon Joseph

An interview with our Featured Shadowball boxer Stefon Joseph at Olympia Performance: Music from BensoundI recently received a short message through our Shadowball Boxing FaceBook page. The message was from Stefon Joseph, a member of Olympia Performance, and it read simply,"My Shadowball skills are improving every day. Thanks for introducing me to the ball! Looking forward to learning more."He also sent a short video of his Shadowball boxing routine. What I saw both impressed and surprised me. He did these impressive rolling punches (like Bruce Lee) using the Shadowball. I immediately knew I had to shoot another video, get an interview and, most importantly, get this guy to teach me this move! Here's the transcript of the interview. Read the entire interview here:

Posted by Shadowball Boxing on Thursday, March 24, 2016

I recently received a short message through our Shadowball Boxing FaceBook page. The message was from Stefon Joseph, a member of Olympia Performance, and it read simply,

"My Shadowball skills are improving every day. Thanks for introducing me to the ball! Looking forward to learning more."
 He also sent a short video of his Shadowball boxing routine. What I saw both impressed and surprised me. He did these impressive rolling punches (like Bruce Lee) using the Shadowball. I immediately knew I had to shoot another video, get an interview and, most importantly, get this guy to teach me this move! Here's the transcript of the interview. 


Cedric: You’re here at Olympia Performance all the time. Are you an athlete? What's your background in fitness and sports? 

Stefon: I played many sports in high school and CEGEP, like basketball, soccer, badminton, volleyball, baseball, football...

Cedric: This explains the level of proficiency you've attained with the Shadowball in a relatively short period of time. In one of my conversations with Luc-Vincent, head of R&D at Rival Boxing Gear and boxing trainer,  I noted the unpredictable learning curve with Shadowball boxing. Basically, some people pick up the Shadowball and are up and running immediately or within a short time, and others take longer to learn the skills. Having boxing experience has nothing to do with it: some boxers get it right away and some take longer. Luc had the same experience with his fighters; he thinks it has to do with sports specialization. As a professional boxing trainer, he believes that in sports, the more you specialize, the more you specialize. He noted that he has a much easier time teaching basketball players to box than teaching boxers to play basketball, because the range of motor skills and movements in basketball is just much wider. Luc was up and running with the Shadowball right away, because like you, he has experience with many different sports.  

Stefon: That's true... I can see that.

Cedric: What’s your motivation for staying fit and active?  

Stefon: I was small as a kid, so I got picked on all the time. I got pushed around. When playing basketball, the other kids would look at me, like, "What are you doing here?" So there was something in me that just figured it was time to move. I was about 15 or 16 years old at the time. And then Bruce Lee came along, and it changed everything for me. He was a big influence on me.

Cedric: Okay, that leads me to my next question. Do you have a background in boxing or martial arts?

Stefon: Yes, Karate; I made it to green belt in Karate. I have a friend, who I met about eight years ago, and we do sparring in Wing Chun. It’s not intense, though, he takes it easy because he's a Master now. His school is in Atwater,and he has about twelve students. I'll try to bring him here one day. If he tries the Shadowball, I think he'll be impressed with me and my moves (shows his fast Bruce Lee moves).  

Cedric: Yes, I think he will be... And I really want to learn how you do that.  

Cedric: Now about Olympia Performance, you're here almost every day, so what made you choose Olympia Performance over other gyms? 

Stefon: I love it here... I love it! This place challenges me more than any other place I've been to. Yeah, I've been to regular gyms and, basically, my experience with regular gyms is this: you go in, you do dumbbells, you do barbells, you do pullups and pulldowns, and then you're stuck. And then there's the socializing... Too much, too much of that. 

Cedric: You first found out about Shadowball boxing around the first week of October 2015 when I first came here, right? That’s when I showed it to Patrick Charron(Martial Arts Specialist and Personal Trainer at Olympia Performance). 

Stefon:  Yes, that was the first time. 

Cedric: What was your first impression of the Shadowball? 

Stefon: I said to myself, “I need to learn this... this is my new challenge!” (laughs) 

Cedric: What areas of performance do you think Shadowball boxing helps you develop and improve? 

Stefon: My instincts, my reflex, my ability to use my peripheral vision, my speed and agility. Right now, I think I'm slow. I want to be faster. 

Cedric: Can you think of a word or phrase that best describes your experience with Shadowball boxing? 

Stefon: Shadowball? Ninja training! (laughs) 

Cedric: (laughs) Okay, I didn't expect that one. That's great!

Cedric: If someone were to ask you why they should try Shadowball boxing and why they should take the time to learn it, what would you say to them?  

Stefon: I’d say, look, you've been riding your bicycle for many years, so why not try a unicycle? Basically, you're doing your workouts, so why not add this to make it more challenging? Why always do traditional? 

Cedric: So, any final words on Shadowball boxing? 

Stefon: I love it! Not many people know it yet, but I’m sure they’d really get into it if they tried it.

Cedric: Stefon, thanks for taking the time to chat with me. It would be interesting to look back on this interview at Olympia Performance in a couple of years. 

Stefon: (laughs) Yes, it would be interesting. And you're welcome, it's my pleasure.  

Shadowball boxing on a wheelchair February 20, 2016 15:50

In this video, we demonstrate how a person who uses a wheelchair can get the performance and fitness benefits of Shadowball boxing. The Shadowball is all about increasing your agility, getting your heart pumping, and delivering a fun workout.

Featured Shadowball boxer: Joseph Grzymkowski December 30, 2015 02:28

Joseph Grzymkowski replied to our inquiry on his Shadowball boxing progress. We thought his insights are particularly helpful so we asked his permission to  post it. 

Joseph GrzymkowskiHi Cedric,

I incorporate the Shadowball into my workouts 3 - 4 times a week. It has exceeded all my expectations! I really enjoy the flexibility it provides. I can stand close to the wall (about 6" off), dial dial down the power, and do a speed/rep drill punching as fast as I can with both hands. Or do a power drill (12 -18" from the wall) and strike harder, varying my the punching angles dependent on how the ball comes off the wall. Working elbow strikes in has been easy to do. My next challenge is knee strikes. Timing a knee strike with the "right" trajectory off the wall, so as to avoid a "pop-up" with the Shadowball, has been a bit trickier. I definitely draw attention from curious onlookers at my workplace gym and I'm not hesitant to share all about the Shadowball!

I think the beginner videos on the website are great. I was off and running with my Shadowball as soon as I received it, so for me personally, I was already past the beginner stage when they posted. I'm curious to see what the next-level videos will contain!
I've already noticed that my Shadowball workouts have stepped up my sparring game at my Martial Arts studio. I find that my striking speed has increased and I'm throwing punches or striking from angles I ordinarily wouldn't have attempted from before.

I've traded in my gel gloves/hand wraps for a pair of mid-level MMA gloves when I use the Shadowball. They're just easier and quicker to get on and off and I haven't noticed any change in performance.

All in all Cedric, I'm very happy with your product! Thanks for following up! I wish great success for you and the Shadowball team!


So that's Joe's experience with Shadowball boxing so far - now it's your turn to tell your story!

~Team Shadowball

Shadowball Boxing at Olympia Performance December 11, 2015 06:46

Olympia Performance at 16869 Hymus, Kirkland, Quebec (514- 697-432) recently added the Shadowball to their already impressive fitness equipment lineup, which includes plyo boxes, hurdles, ladders, medicine balls, tubing, 3 types of sleds, and the Smartspeed timing system.

Their facility also features: The largest indoor Spartan/Crossfit Rig in the world, 50 yards of indoor turf along with speed timing devices, Atlantis equipment, Salmon Ladder, Peg board, Free Weights and a Juice Bar :)

Olympia founder and owner, Steve has been a lifelong fitness devotee. He has been training for 33 years, and has worked as a fitness professional for 24 years. He has worked in every aspect of the industry, from fitness equipment to nutritional supplements, and has maintained a busy schedule of clients since 1992.

A possible Shadowball boxing class is brewing so if you're looking for a performance focused gym in the West Island Montreal area, you're search is over. This is one awesome gym!

Check out their site, and their FB Page 

 Olympia Performance gymn 

Newsletter : Shadowball boxing, basic steps. September 10, 2015 07:36


Shadowball Boxing Tutorials: Part 1 Basic

They're finally here. The first installment of the much needed Shadowball boxing lessons are done and available in our new How-to page. While we have posted numerous Shadowball boxing videos, most of these videos demonstrates advanced Shadowball boxing moves. Even though Shadowball boxing is a relatively easy skill to acquire, we've observed that knowledge and proficiency on certain fundamental skills significantly speed up the learning progress. 

The Fundamentals:
Teaching fundamentals in any athletic activity are not only critical in maintaining consistency and establishing good habits, but also key to mastering the required skills.  Without basic skills, it’s hard to progress to more advanced moves. 

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Our Fundamentals will be divided into three parts: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Basic is subdivided into four-step process designed to gain proficiency in what we call the Rolling Uppercuts.    It all starts with the Rolling Uppercuts. Even after you’ve mastered the more advanced strikes like jabs, straights and elbows (which will be covered in our Intermediate lessons), this is the one skill you’ll keep coming back to.

Shadowball Boxing Basic 

Shadowball Boxing. Step 1: Two-hand upward throw and catch.
Shadowball Boxing. Step 2: One-hand upward throw and catch.
Shadowball Boxing. Step 3: Two-punch-catch (boom-boom-catch)
Shadowball Boxing. Step 4: Rolling Uppercuts 

Read more... 

Coming soon…

Shadowball Boxing, Intermediate: Jabs, Straights and Hooks
Shadowball Boxing, Advanced: Knee Strikes and Defence

Hope this helps. Give us a shout out if you have any questions. Have fun!

~Team Shadowball

We've made it easy for you to help spread the Shadowball love to friends, family, co-workers...anyone you think would be interested. Thanks!!!

Chief Instructor Vladimir Alexandru of Krav Maga Elite reviews the Shadowball! August 12, 2015 00:51

(Reposted with permission from the author. Please click here to see the original post)


Krav Maga Elite had the opportunity to try out an amazing new training tool called the “Shadowball”! This amazing piece of equipment allows participants to build core strength and improve cardiovascular capabilities all while testing their reaction time, hand speed, rhythm, timing, hand-eye coordination and reflexive reactions. This type of training is extremely beneficial to anyone serious about building their reflexive response for Krav Maga, improving their martial arts training or getting an intense workout!

Student at Krav Maga Elite giving the Shadowball a test drive!

For those who practice Krav Maga or have used it in a professional setting, you will appreciate the random and reflexive approach the Shadowball provides in regards to technical conditioning. The Shadowball uses R.T.H.M, otherwise know as “Random Target Hyper-kinetic Motion” to generate a vast array of unpredictable targets, helping it induce a rare form of realism that is missing in traditional workouts. While the Shadowball might have been designed for martial arts and self-defense training, anyone can use this modern tool and turn it into a great cardiovascular workout that can be done anywhere. We challenge you to try it out and keep up with the unpredictable bouncing patterns and the fast pace the Shadowball brings to your fitness workout.

Another student at Krav Maga Elite doing some Shadowball boxing!

Moreover, another great feature of this product is it’s portability and ease of transportation. Simply put it in your backpack and go anywhere to practice! The Shadowball itself is not heavy and the risk of injury is almost inexistent. There is no installation required and you can train either indoors or outdoors.

The product was developed by Cedric Salcedo from Avantgarde Sport Inc. using the latest technologies in the field of physical conditioning with the goal of maximizing fitness parameters.

To see our students using the Shadowball, go on our Facebook page @Krav Maga West Island

For more information about the Shadowball, check out

Vladimir Alexandru
Krav Maga Elite
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal, QC

Mr.Eyal Yanilov and Mr. Vladimir Alexandru

Mr.Eyal Yanilov (L), Chief Instructor Krav Maga Global, and Mr. Vladimir Alexandru (R), Chief Instructor Krav Maga Elite

Note from the Shadowball Team:
Big thanks to Chief Instructor Vladimir Alexandru of Krav Maga Elite for his detailed review of the Shadowball. Check out what they do at Krav Maga Elite - awesome!

Shadowball boxing with Edwin “La Bomba” Rodrigues July 30, 2015 23:57

Met some awesome boxing talents at the 2015 Boxing Trade Show.  Had a chance to have Edwin “La Bomba” Rodrigues try out the Shadowball, and by the looks of it he had a great time. Super cool to have this gifted fighter try out our innovation. Thanks Edwin!

Just how good is he?

Edwin, alias “La Bomba”, hails from the Dominican Republic but makes Worcester, MA his home. He has a 27-1 record and an impressive KO% OF 64.29. This heavy-handed 30-year-old fights well to the body but can go upstairs in a timely fashion. He has faced some interesting opponents including Derrick Findley (first round stoppage), Craig Baker (3rd round TKO), Denis Grachev (first round stoppage), Darnell Boone (8 round UD), Will Rosinsky (10 round UD), James McGirt (TKO in 9), Aaron Pryor Jr, (UD in 10) and most recently and perhaps most notably, a blow out of undefeated Craig Baker on May 23, 2015 in Boston.” - Ted Sares

Shadowball Boxing Basic at the 2015 Boxing Trade Show July 27, 2015 23:45

Markus, proving just how fast one could actually learn Shadowball boxing if they would take the time to practice the basics. Great work Markus!

Best learning process we've observed at the show:

1. Up close (12 to 18 in) from the wall with short-light semi-uppercuts, with hands at chest-level and ball bouncing at face-level or slightly higher. Downhill skiing have the “snowplow” technique for beginners - this technique is our snowplow. It all starts here. 

2. When one can do this light bounce consistently, the next step is to slowly move back a few inches at a time while keeping the target height still at about face level or slightly higher. The brain makes all the necessary adjustments. The fact that you are trying to hit the same target height, your brain knows to punch with less upward angle and to hit the ball a little harder for the faster return needed to compensate for distance and gravity.  

3. We've noticed that when one insists on starting far and punching hard, they go into this loop where they can only bounce once or twice and drop, but not enough action for the brain to process and learn from. Just imagine a first-time downhill skier refusing to do the snowplow technique, he or she will just keep on crashing, getting hurt, humiliated with nothing for the brain to process - except the impression that the task at hand is impossible. Patience friends, patience...

Shadowball boxing, big hit at the 2015 Boxing Trade Show in Mississauga! July 27, 2015 22:39

Just wanna thank everyone who passed by our booth at the show to get some Shadowball boxing action. We've learned a lot from our direct interaction with first time Shadowball boxers, and it was great watching people experience first hand how much fun and addictive Shadowball boxing is.  From the looks of our exhausted participants, it proved to be an amazing and challenging workout too!

Congrats to Sandra Bozic of GDM for winning the Shadowball Fitness Pack draw. Looking forward to your vids showing off your Shadowball boxing skillz :)


Shadowball boxing at the 2015 Boxing Consumer Trade Show July 3, 2015 01:33

Shadowball -- boxing fitness for all

Stop by our booth to try out Shadowball and for a chance to win a Shadowball Fitness Pack ($180 MSRP) 

Specially priced Shadowballs will be available in limited quantities at the show. 

  • Shadowball Benefits Requires no installation 
  • Develops muscle strength and core stability Increases agility and accuracy 
  • Delivers a versatile, freestyle workout routine Improves your quality of training 
  • Provides training on the go Show 

Details: Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015 
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Hansa Haus Hall Address: 6650 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 2B5 
General Admission: $5 in advance (Dameon Okposio: $8 at the door

Shadowball online store now open! February 18, 2015 12:03

Take advantage of our pre-order DISCOUNT!

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