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 Thursday, January 18th, SDSS of Westport was honored to welcome SDSS President and Senior Master Mikael Meyer for a special class. This class was in honor of SDSS of Westport’s new Owner and Chief Instructor, Alex Gialo.
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.
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!
SDSS Martial Arts of Westport held their kid’s belt testing this past weekend on May 7, 2016. Congratulations to all the kids that tested for their hard work and dedication!
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.
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 …
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 …