Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios in Portsmouth

We teach Shaolin Martial Arts in a professional manner, within a clean and family-friendly environment. We strive for excellence in all we do.

Guided by our Founder, Grandmaster Steve DeMasco, 10th degree Black Belt, official Ambassador to the Shaolin Temple in China, and personal disciple of the Shaolin Temple’s Head Abbot Shi Yongxin, our mission is to bring authentic Shaolin martial arts instruction to men, women, and children of all ages.

While students are taught a basic regimen of both defense techniques and forms, we go beyond this standardized curriculum. Particularly for our adult students, our Chuan Fa (self-defense) system focuses on practical movement derived from the most effective strikes to the most vulnerable areas. Students are encouraged to “think outside the box” and react to each situation presented in a manner that uses the skills learned through technique and forms training, without relying on the mindset of a memorized movement.

To ensure that our instruction remains both consistent and of the highest quality, all full-time instructors train regularly with Grandmaster DeMasco and Sr. Master (6th degree) Mikael Meyer. Both SDSS instructors and students are also offered opportunities not only to participate in the Grandmaster’s instructional clinics, which offer unique techniques, forms, or Kung Fu weapons training, but to train directly at the Shaolin Temple in China.

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