One of the things that set Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios apart from other martial arts schools is our commitment to offering special seminars and events. From its inception, SDSS has been committed to delivering the best-trained instructors in the industry, so your day-to-day class experience will be second to none. In addition to that, we offer a plethora of special seminars and programs that will make your Martial Arts journey life-changing, meaningful, and fun. Here is just one example. On Saturday, February 29, Senior Master Mikael Meyer delivered a point-sparring seminar. Senior Master Meyer is a 7th-degree black belt and …
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 …
SDSS of Darien took to the 49th annual River Ramble festival at Pinkney Park this past Saturday. From 11-3pm, the day was full of breaking boards, obstacle courses, and an army of kids ready to try a Kung Fu class. Chief Instructor of Darien Chris Brooks, along with Academy Instructors Lauren Carsen and Tim Vogelman, operated the obstacle course and board breaking stations throughout the festivities. “This event is our favorite of the year, and the kids always love it!” says Chris. Kids and adults alike were also able to sign up for lessons at SDSS. Regardless of age, anyone …
Scouting has long been at the backbone of American life. And the Blue and Gold Banquet is the highlight of a Cub Scout Pack’s year. On June 10, SDSS teamed up with Pack 23 in Greenwich, Connecticut for their annual Blue and Gold Banquet at Greenwich Point, in Greenwich, CT. Sifu David, Sifu William, and Sifu Kenny provided more than two hours of martial arts activities for the Cub Scouts of Pack 23. Kung fu instruction, games, and absolutely gorgeous weather made a special memory for these boys.
Hundreds of competitors, ranging from Age 4 to Age 60, came to Greenwich to compete in the SDSS Connecticut State Tournament. Students from Greenwich, Wilton, Ridgefield, Newtown, Fairfield, Darien, and Westport competed earlier this spring to earn a place at the state event. Students competed in hand forms, sparring, defensive techniques, weapons forms, and sword sparring. The event was highlighted by an instructors’ demonstration, where students had a rare opportunity to see their teachers’ perform. “We’re very proud of ALL our SDSS students,” said SDSS President, Senior Master Mikael Meyer. “And their instructors are doing an excellent job preparing them …
On Sunday, March 19th, Master Meyer presented a seminar on the kama. The kama is a weapon that started out as a farming implement in Asia. It was used to cut crops like rice and is similar to a sickle.
SDSS would like to thank the participants in this year’s Connecticut State Qualifier and Junior Open Tournaments. YOU make these events a success and we appreciate your participation. The tournaments and competitors just keep getting better year over year.
The Chinese Language School of Connecticut held it’s 15th annual New Year’s Celebration at Greenwich High School. Senior Master Mikael Meyer and SDSS Martial Arts of Greenwich were on hand to demonstrate and teach authentic Shaolin Kung Fu. Guests also enjoyed a Chinese buffet, a dragon dance, performances, and more.
This past weekend the CT studios held their annual SDSS States Tournament. Everyone worked hard and gave it their all. As you can see from these pictures, the competition was tough!
Students from Darien, Westport, Fairfield and Greenwich came together for the annual Connecticut Southern Regional Tournament! Sparring, Defense Techniques, Forms, Weapons all highlighted this day-long celebration of the Martial Arts at the Norwalk Double Tree.
Join us this Sunday May 1st for the SDSS 2016 Regionals for the southern region which includes the Darien, Fairfield, Greenwwhich and Westport studios.
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