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Senior Master Meyer Promoted to 8th Degree

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Congratulations to SDSS President, Senior Master Mikael Meyer, who was recently promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt by Grandmaster DeMasco. “This is the highest honor and compliment a Grandmaster of a system can give,” said Grandmaster Steve DeMasco, Founder, and Grandmaster of Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios.  Senior Master Meyer is the highest-ranking martial artist in our company next to Grandmaster DeMasco himself.  He has worked closely with Grandmaster for decades, first as a student and later as a partner.  Together they developed the national movement we now know as SDSS. Traditionally, the rank of 8th Degree is considered “Professor.”  It …

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SDSS’ Newest Masters

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In a rare moment for our company, Grandmaster DeMasco elevated three of SDSS’s most senior instructors to the level of 5th Degree Black Belt.  They will henceforth be known as Master Christine Swiatek, Master Travis Newbury, and Master Chris Schaefer.   The Promotion At the conclusion of the Sai Seminar, Grandmaster DeMasco gathered the assembled students and called these three instructors to the stage.  He explained the process of becoming a Master in this art. “After years of training, especially for this rank, they are given the ceremonial title, they are watched and observed to see if they are prepared for …

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Grandmaster DeMasco Celebrates His 20th Year at the Shaolin Temple

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In July 2018, Grandmaster Steve DeMasco celebrated his 20th year as a Grandmaster of the Shaolin Temple.  He performed the “Iron Wire” form, in a presentation that held enormous personal significance and was profoundly moving to all who were privileged to attend.  Twenty years earlier, then Master DeMasco was invited to meet with the newly elevated Great Abbot, Shi Yongxin. That meeting and the performance that followed changed the course of his life.    In 1998, following a two-year review, Grandmaster was invited to meet with the Great Abbott at the Shaolin Temple.  He interviewed Grandmaster, asked about his personal …

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Lay Buddhist Yandi, an American Shaolin Disciple, Leads 41 Students to Make a Pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple

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The original article can be found here. On July 24, 2018, American Shaolin disciple Yandi led 41 overseas students to make a pilgrimage. Witnessed by the Great Monk Yongxin, each student performed Shaolin Kungfu learned in turn and was issued course-completion certificate. At 7:40 a.m., American Shaolin disciple Yandi led 41 students to invite and greet the Great Monk Yongxin in front of the Abbot Hall. The Great Monk Yongxin welcomed overseas disciples to make a pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple and delivered a speech. Yandi has become attached to the Shaolin Temple for a long time and often leads …

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Grandmaster DeMasco Hosts Workout in New West Hartford Studio

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On May 1, SDSS proudly opened our 15th location in West Hartford, CT!   Grandmaster DeMasco held a Chief Instructors’ Workout at this new and spacious location.  Chief Instructor Andrew Collard and Program Director Haley Collard were honored to welcome the SDSS Founder to his newest studio on June 1, 2018. Grandmaster DeMasco promises to deliver the best-trained instructors in the industry.  He delivers because he trains our instructors himself. There is something quite profound in the life of a new studio when Grandmaster comes to call.  He brings years of his own experience, and with that, the spirit and tradition …

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2018 SDSS Black Belt Test

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Grandmaster Steve DeMasco and Senior Master Mikael Meyer administer the 2018 SDSS Black Belt Test at the Danbury Plaza Hotel on March 3rd. Over 30 candidates exhibited their knowledge and dedication and performed their forms and techniques for Grandmaster DeMasco. Grandmaster DeMasco presents all students who successfully pass their Black Belt examination with their Back Belt. Congratulations to all the new Black Belts!

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SDSS Grand Weekend Event!

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  Black Belt/Black Sash Testing – November 19, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. GRANDMASTER SEMINAR Original Shaolin Temple Tiger Form For the FIRST TIME EVER, Grandmaster DeMasco will teach the Original Shaolin Temple Tiger Form, as taught to the Grandmaster by Yan Ou, Senior Shaolin Temple Master Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 2-4 pm.  (Doors open at 1:30.) Grand Championship Open Tournament and Shaolin Olympic Finals Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:30am. 12 – 1 pm Belt signing and pictures with Grandmaster DeMasco. REGISTRATION STARTS NOW. See your instructor for details.    Crowne Plaza 1284 Strongtown Road Southbury, CT  06488 203.598.7600 crowneplaza.com/southbury

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Martial Arts and Mental Toughness

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Martial Arts teaches mental toughness. You will hear martial arts instructors say it all the time: “A Black Belt is a White Belt who never quit.” This statement is absolutely true. Your journey to Black Belt will be challenging, humbling, and yes, it will probably involve some pain along the way. Not just physical pain, either. It will build in you a mental toughness that will transform your character and make you a much stronger person.