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Master Meyer Beach Test 2018

In Local, Master Meyer by 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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Senior Master Meyer Promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt

In Master Meyer, National by SDSS

On May 31st, 2018, SDSS Senior Master Mikael Meyer was promoted to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt.  This is the highest promotion ever conferred by Grandmaster. Master Meyer is the Chief Operating Officer of SDSS and is acknowledged nationally as the highest ranking black belt in the company.   “Senior Master Meyer started with me toward the end of 1991, as a student,” said Grandmaster Steve DeMasco, 10th Degree Black Belt, and SDSS Founder.  “After graduating Boston College in 1993, he joined the Professional Martial Arts Academy, which I personally instructed. In 1994, he opened his first martial …

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Poon Lone Kuen Test with Senior Master Meyer, Spring 2018

In Local, Master Meyer, Poon Lone Kuen by 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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2018 SDSS Black Belt Test

In Belt Testing, Grandmaster DeMasco, Master Meyer, National by SDSS

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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Connecticut States 2018 – February 3, Trumbull, CT

In Local, Master Meyer, SDSS Darien, SDSS Fairfield, SDSS Greenwich, SDSS Newtown, SDSS Ridgefield, SDSS Westport, SDSS Wilton by 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 …