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SDSS Martial Arts of Ridgefield Belt Advancement

In Local, SDSS Ridgefieldby SDSS

This is a good look at a belt advancement one recent Saturday afternoon in Ridgefield, CT.   In our system, students earn belt advancement by working on curriculum through a series of classes. They are then nominated for a belt test. Besides, most students think that the belt test experience is an absolute blast!  Tests are supervised by Senior Master Mikael Meyer or his designee.  Like any good teacher, your belt test administrator wants to see what you’ve learned.  They’re really pulling for you, and it becomes a wonderful growth experience. Students are expected to show what they’ve learned.  That includes …

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The NEW Ridgefield Studio

In Local, SDSS Ridgefieldby SDSS

Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios of Ridgefield is where it has always been, on 15 Danbury Road in Ridgefield.  But our newly renovated space is so bright, so dramatic, and so beautiful it might as well be a whole new studio! The lobby underwent a dramatic expansion, accommodating the significant growth we’ve seen in Ridgefield.  It is an even brighter, sunnier space.  The expanded entrance to the dojo is reminiscent of the Shaolin Temple itself.   Only the entryway is much wider, allowing ALL our families to easily see how much fun everyone is having inside. “It was long overdue, and I’m …

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Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios at the 49th Rowayton River Ramble!

In Local, SDSS Darien, SDSS Fairfield, SDSS Greenwich, SDSS in the Community, SDSS Newtown, SDSS Ridgefield, SDSS Westport, SDSS Wiltonby SDSS

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 …

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Master Meyer Beach Test 2018

In Local, Master Meyerby SDSS

by Tim Vogelman Sherwood Island Beach in Westport CT, had quite a surprise this past Sunday when 50 martial artists from SDSS Martial Arts showed up for their 1st annual end of summer beach test. The students performed many defensive techniques in the water to test their muscle endurance and balance. Everyone punched, kicked, and performed workout drills on the beach and in the waves for well over an hour. By the end, every participant was grinning. These tests help to instill strong life lessons in students of all ages, such as discipline, confidence, self-respect, and patience. The studio welcomes …

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Poon Lone Kuen Test with Senior Master Meyer, Spring 2018

In Local, Master Meyer, Poon Lone Kuenby SDSS

This year Senior Master Mikael Meyer held the spring Poon Lone Kuen sash promotion test on the beach in Greenwich.   Poon Lone Kuen is traditional kung fu, brought to SDSS by Grandmaster DeMasco.  Shaolin Chuan Fa, the fighting kung fu taught in our studios, was derived from the fighting techniques in these forms.   SDSS is honored to bring Poon Lone Kuen to the United States, on appointment directly from the Shaolin Temple.  These techniques are based on the movements of animals in nature.  Performing these ancient forms in such a pastoral environment made for a profound and sacred martial experience.  

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SDSS Makes Blue and Gold Banquet a Special Event

In Local, SDSS Fairfield, SDSS Greenwich, SDSS Ridgefieldby SDSS

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.  

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SDSS of West Hartford is NOW OPEN!

In Local, SDSS West Hartfordby SDSS

On May 1, 2018, Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios proudly opened its 15th location, in West Hartford, CT. You can find the spacious West Hartford studio nestled behind the Big Y in the Crossroads Plaza at 772 Main Street.   With easy access from I-84, our newest location serves students in West Hartford and the Greater Hartford area.  Students receive semi-private and group instruction on a weekly basis in a fun, family-friendly and high-energy learning environment.   Lessons are scheduled at your convenience, and your first lesson is free. Right now, SDSS of West Hartford is offering a Grand Opening Special: 4 semi-private …

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Connecticut States 2018 – February 3, Trumbull, CT

In Local, Master Meyer, SDSS Darien, SDSS Fairfield, SDSS Greenwich, SDSS Newtown, SDSS Ridgefield, SDSS Westport, SDSS Wiltonby SDSS

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 …

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SDSS Massachusetts Studios Visit Celtics!

In Community Events, Local, SDSS Natick, SDSS Needham, SDSS Wellesleyby SDSS

In December the Massachusetts SDSS studios took their 2nd Annual Boston Celtics Trip. Over 120 students and their families attended. They were invited to be official guests of the Boston Celtics and to join them on the court for the national anthem! It was a fantastic multi-studio event and everyone had a blast! Enjoy some of the pictures from the trip.

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Wilton Halloween Party 2016!

In Halloween, Local, SDSS Wiltonby SDSS

SDSS Martial Arts of Wilton celebrated Halloween in style this week! Over 30 kids joined us here at the studio wearing their Halloween best. We had scary, we had silly, we had ninjas, pikachu’s, pirates, Power Rangers, superheroes and more!