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Grandmaster DeMasco trains SDSS Instructors in Newtown, Connecticut

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Grandmaster DeMasco is committed to producing the best trained instructors in the industry.  In addition to earning an SDSS black belt, every instructor trains regularly with Grandmaster DeMasco.  He is committed to insuring that your instructors teach genuine and effective self defense in the Shaolin Way. This is his most recent trip to SDSS of Newtown, Connecticut.  Instructors warm up with a serious workout.  Then Grandmaster shares techniques, many known only by him and a chosen few at the temple.  Finally, Grandmaster shares his wisdom and experience with the SDSS staff. Without a doubt, learning directly from Grandmaster is a …

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GrandMaster DeMasco visits Brockton High School

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FBI agents came to Brockton High School for the second year of the school’s FBI Youth Academy. BROCKTON – Steve DeMasco may be a martial arts master and a community liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but 40 years ago, he told a group of Brockton High School students on Wednesday morning, he was just like them.

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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.

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Martial Arts and Conflict Resolution

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The martial arts help children learn conflict resolution. Conflict is an unavoidable part of life. While we can’t control the conflict itself, we can control how we react to it. Martial arts training will teach your child healthy, non-aggressive ways to respond to conflict. Sometimes parents hesitate to enroll their child in martial arts classes because they are afraid it will make them more aggressive.  Others worry it may even encourage violence in school. The opposite is true. Martial arts training teaches children the importance of nonviolent conflict resolution. With our unique semi-private instruction, we tailor your child’s martial arts …

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Martial Arts Teaches Focus

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Martial Arts training gives your child the focus to help them in the classroom and everyday life.  All real accomplishment in the Martial Arts requires tremendous discipline and focus.  SDSS students learn in groups and semi-private lessons.  This provides the physical training and the individual attention that will help them learn this essential life skill.   Focus In Our Digitized World We live in an increasingly digitized, highly distracted world. On average, people send over 7000 tweets and 738 Instagram photos posts per second. Just imagine how often  Twitter and Instagram interrupt daily tasks.  Next, imagine how many more people are getting distracted by …

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Martial Arts and Stillness

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Martial Arts students learn stillness.  Anyone who has ever worked with kids will tell you that they’re always on the move.  Then we become adults, and life moves so fast we never have time to truly be still. Stillness is not something we practice naturally and not something that comes quickly or easily.  But, over time, Martial Arts students practice focus, deep breathing, and the lessons of Shaolin to develop stillness within ourselves. Stillness and Children Younger students learn to practice stillness each day in class.  We pause to focus at the beginning and the end, and we practice drills that …

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Martial Arts as Self Defense for Women

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Every year more than 200,000 women are victims of violence in the United States. That’s about 600 women every day.  You could be next. Waiting for something to happen is the last thing anyone should do. Martial arts is a great method of self-defense for women. Learning to protect yourself will empower you because you’ll know how to handle yourself against an assailant. Because you have the power to keep yourself safe, you will be a role model for other women and girls.  You will have a new confidence that will show at work, at home, and with friends. Grandmaster DeMasco …

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Martial Arts and Academic Performance

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Martial arts will give your child skills to do better in school, whether they’re struggling, or just need an edge. They learn the perseverance, discipline, focus, and goal setting techniques used by successful students. Here are three academic character traits that a martial arts education can foster in your student. Perseverance and Discipline Not every subject will come quickly to your child. We all get better at things through practice.  But that’s not always easy. Sometimes students may feel like they’re “never going to get it” so why even practice? Martial arts will teach your child that practice makes perfect. …

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Martial Arts and Brain Health

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Martial arts can improve brain health, and can help your child perform better in school. Every parent wants their child to be physically healthy and see them excel academically. As it turns out, the two are connected. In a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that as a child’s physical fitness improves, brain health also improves.