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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 …

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Sparring – Fun, Healthy, and Safe

In Local, SDSS Concord, SDSS Darien, SDSS Fairfield, SDSS Greenwich, SDSS Keene, SDSS Needham, SDSS Newtown, SDSS Portsmouth, SDSS Ridgefield, SDSS Wellesley, SDSS Westport, SDSS Wilton, Sparring by SDSS

Sparring for Kids and Teens Our kids are expected to grow up so fast. Psycho-social expectations, academic demands, and the digital universe all conspire to turn our kids into adults overnight. Sparring offers a counterpunch to that.   Your child will learn important values, in a sport that is fun, healthy, and safe. Sparring is safe In Kung Fu, sparring is a no-contact sport. We practice “point sparring,” which means kids are required to pull their punches and kicks. If they don’t, points are deducted, and students are disqualified for excessive force. Participants wear protective headgear, gloves, shoes, and other necessary …

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Why do we test for belt rank?

In Belt Testing, Local, SDSS Concord, SDSS Darien, SDSS Fairfield, SDSS Greenwich, SDSS Keene, SDSS Needham, SDSS Newtown, SDSS Pittsburgh, SDSS Portsmouth, SDSS Ridgefield, SDSS Wellesley, SDSS Westport, SDSS Wilton by SDSS

Belt rank advancement is one of the most important experiences in the martial journey, whether the student is 3, 33, or 73. Belt testing is not about the art, or the curriculum, or the studio. At any age, this process is about the student reviewing his or her own martial progress. In an era when the word “test” means “test scores” and “competition,” rank advancement is about true learning and personal growth. Rank testing for young children A young child learns self-confidence, self-discipline, and respect in a whole new way at a belt advancement. The moment they step on the …