Tournament Winners!

Danbury, CT, November 17, 2018 –  All three of our students who traveled to CT to participate in the (all-studios) Shaolin Studios  Tournament came home a winner.  All three won place trophies in at least one event that they entered, and in some cases, all of their events.  This was quite an accomplishment, since several of the events had up to twenty entrants.  Congratulations to Ethan, Aurora, and Dylan!  Portsmouth Shaolin Studios is very proud of you! 
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Celebrating 10 Years in Portsmouth

September, 2018: The Portsmouth studio opened in September 2008, continuing the strong tradition of martial arts training begun by the Concord and Keene studios. The years have gone by fast, and, as we look at our current student body, we see many new faces, but also quite a few who started with us shortly after we opened. Our most-tenured adult student, Mike L., actually started his training with us in December 2008. Mike is followed by Daniel T. who started with us as just a grade-school youngster in September 2009, and today is an impressive young man who holds his Zhongji Black Belt. Yes, as we welcome new students to our community, we continue to foster on-going relationships with many students who have been with us since 2010, 2011, and 2012. To all of our students, we send a big Thank You, but to those who have been with us for many years and continue to regularly train with us, we are honored to be a part of your martial arts journey. We look forward to continuing this journey for many more years to come.
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Shaolin Temple China Trip 2018

Led by Grandmaster Steve DeMasco, approximately 40 students and instructors from all the regional SDSS schools traveled to the Shaolin Temple in July 2018 to train with the monks.  A cultural exchange, hosted by the Abbot,  included demonstrations by both SDSS students/instructors, as well as several Shaolin monks.  In total, students trained at the Temple for approximately 4 hours/day for 3 days.  The trip also included several side visits to major tourist attractions in Beijing.  Both Portsmouth instructors, as well as two Portsmouth students, participated in the trip.  Dylan D., our 8 year-old student had the honor of performing at the Temple for the Abbot, Grandmaster, monks, and other trip participants….a proud moment for both Dylan and the Portsmouth studio!
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Studio Closure – China 2018

July 7, 2018, Portsmouth, NH — Don’t panic…..we’re not closing for good….only for a couple of weeks to travel to China for training at the Shaolin Temple. Just as a reminder, the studio is closed from Wednesday, July 18th through Wednesday, August 1st.   We reopen for our regular class schedule on Thursday, August 2nd.  
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China Trip 2018

It’s coming up fast! Approximately 40 SDSS students and instructors – from all the SDSS studios – will be leaving on July 19th for about 10 days in China.   The trip offers the opportunity to see some popular sites, such as the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace, and others, but the main event is the opportunity to train with the Monks at the Shaolin Temple in the Song Mountains just outside of Dengfeng, Henan Province. This year, both Sifu Cindy and Sifu Jennifer are going. Neither have been since 2011, so it’s an exciting opportunity.   BUT, there’s more!   Portsmouth students Allen McG. and Dylan D. are traveling with the group, and this is the first time any Portsmouth student has made the trip. Way Cool! BUT, there’s still more! Young Dylan (age 8) will actually be performing in front of the Abbot and Monks (and other SDSS students). This is a once-in-a-lifetime honor and opportunity that few, very few, ever have. Dylan will be joined by other SDSS students who have been chosen to perform, and this year, in an exceedingly rare occurrence, Grandmaster DeMasco will also be publicly performing, as part of his anniversary celebration of 20 years of training at the Temple. Watch our Facebook page! We’ll try to post a few pictures as the trip progresses. If, for some reason, we’re unable to do so in real time, we’ll post some highlights when we get back. Don’t forget, the studio is closed July 18th through August 1st.   Tuition for the month of July will be appropriately pro-rated for students.
By |June 15th, 2018|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on China Trip 2018

Perfecting an Attitude of Gratitude

March 31, 2018–  Being grateful is something we all are, after having received something special…like a gift, or finding what we thought was a lost object, or getting some extra-special treatment.  But being grateful everyday – just for the gift of the day itself – is not something many of us really think about or practice.   And yet, several studies have shown that people who express and live their gratitude daily are healthier and happier. Sounds easy, yes?   Hmmmmmm…… It takes some work to keep negative thoughts away and maintain a focus on positivity.   It doesn’t necessarily come naturally to most of us.   After all, we can almost always find something to complain about, and it’s so easy to express those complaints.   It takes courage and commitment to express positive thoughts…..courage, because others often snicker at this, and commitment because one must truly change the everyday mindset and maintain it.   Whew! Is it worth it? Yes!   Once one begins to always seek the more positive side of life, more positive things seem to come.  (Conversely, negative thoughts tend to bring on more negativity.)   This works for kung fu training, too.   Nourishing a gratefulness for the opportunity to overcome both mind and body challenges helps keep those challenges in perspective to other daily challenges.   And really, that’s what being grateful is all about…..keeping a healthy perspective on life.   Yup, perfect an attitude of gratitude, and you’ll reap the rewards!   Try it!
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Studio Closure

2018….The Studio will be closed January 4th due to the severe weather.    Stay safe and warm!
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Studio is OPEN!

Tuesday, 12/12/17.    The Studio is OPEN today.   If you’re coming in for class, be careful out there….the roads are challenging.
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Studio Holiday Hours

The Portsmouth studio is closed for the long Thanksgiving holiday.  There will be no classes November 22nd-26th.   The studio reopens for its regular class schedule on Monday, November 27th.   Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
By |November 17th, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Studio Holiday Hours

What Does Success Look Like to You?

Success means different things to different people. To some, success is defined as a good job, lots of money and possessions, and time to enjoy it all.   To others, success is defined as caring relationships, with a comfortable and adequate lifestyle. And still to others, success is as simple as winning a dollar on a scratch ticket, or getting the last bottle of available milk at the store. In other words, there’s no one definition of success, and the definition, itself, often changes to fit the current circumstances.   There is, however, a generally accepted understanding that, to reach success, no matter how it is defined, takes dedication, focus, and often hard work. Very often, failures of varying magnitude accompany that dedication, focus, and hard work. Even young toddlers figure this out as they perfect their standing and walking abilities. How a person defines success can often provide some insight into their character. Think about that. Use it as a guideline to set your own definition of success. But don’t be too quick to judge others, if their definition is different from yours. None of us can ever truly know what others have overcome when setting, reaching for, and (hopefully) ultimately achieving their definition of success. Just know that if you hope to succeed, you’ll need to devote yourself to making it happen. And that requires dedication, focus, hard work, and a willingness to experience a few failures along the way. Just ask any toddler!
By |October 2nd, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Does Success Look Like to You?