In a rare moment for our company, Grandmaster DeMasco elevated three of SDSS’s most senior instructors to the level of 5th Degree Black Belt. They will henceforth be known as Master Christine Swiatek, Master Travis Newbury, and Master Chris Schaefer. The Promotion At the conclusion of the Sai Seminar, Grandmaster DeMasco gathered the assembled students and called these three instructors to the stage. He explained the process of becoming a Master in this art. “After years of training, especially for this rank, they are given the ceremonial title, they are watched and observed to see if they are prepared for …
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 …
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 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.
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!
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!
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