Saturday, April 30, 2011



This May 13th-16th, the Dance Instructor Team is in KL for the World Belly Dance Day Charity Event. The following classes will have replacements:

Sun 3 p.m. BD 1d: May 15th class is replaced TOMORROW, May 1st.

Mon 6.10 p.m. BD 2a: May 16th class is replaced on MONDAY, May 2nd.

Other classes go on as usual or will be extended. Please check with your instructor.



This Monday, May 2nd, there is a special schedule:

7-8 p.m. Core Strength
8-9.30 p.m. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

This is to replace Thursday, May 26th as the Fitness classes will be closed on that day.

Note: Studio 23 is normally closed on public holidays. All classes normally held on Monday are not on, except those listed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


The title says it all: we’re opening up B-Boy classes starting in May – and it’s the first group dance class at Studio 23 open to guys and girls! This is a 3-Month Course and is meant for beginners (no dance experience necessary).

B-Boy Kids (Saturday 4.30 - 5.30 p.m.):
Pick up some basic B-Boy dance moves and keep fit through play! Learn to feel and interpret music and develop balance, confidence and coordination. It’s a great way to learn independence, and also how to express yourself through music and movement! There will be a regular mini-showcase to show off your skills to your parents!

Kids aged 5-8 will be able to join our kids’ class. Kids below 5 and above 10 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

B-Boy Adults (Friday 3.00 - 4.30 p.m.):

Learn classic B-Boy moves like top-rocking and freezes, along with dance fundamentals. You won’t learn choreographies, but you’ll learn how to chain different techniques together to make your own style!

It’s a great cardio workout, but you won’t have to worry about doing anything crazy – we won’t be teaching power-moves just yet!

Our Instructor:

The B-Boy classes at Studio 23 will be led by none other than Kuching’s own Daus! At just 20 years old, he is one of the leading influences in the local B-Boy scene, as well as one of its best dancers and most prolific competitors! He has won first place in several competitions, such as Swinburne’s Got Talent, the Floor Mania 1 on 1 and the Saberkas Dance Championship; and performed for Pullman, Celcom, Maybank, Petronas and Swinburne, among others.

A natural performer, Daus is known for his great stage presence and his imaginative and innovative style!

Check out one of his performances from 2009:

For more info, email us at or call Eileen at 012 805 3005.

Monday, April 25, 2011


These are a few questions we are often asked, so we thought we'd put them up, along with our answers.

If you have any more questions, you can email us at or just drop by in person - and as long as you're here, try a class out! Our Martial Arts Open Week starts TODAY and you can go to all the classes for FREE! More information is in the post directly under this one.


1. “When are your classes?”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 
Tuesday & Thursday 8.00 - 9:30 p.m.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Technique (drilling only): 
Friday 7.00 - 8.00 p.m.

Crazy Monkey Defense Fundamentals: 
Monday 8.00 - 9.00 p.m. & Wednesday 7.00 - 8.00 p.m.

Crazy Monkey Defense Intermediate:
Wednesday 8.00 - 9.00 p.m.

2. “What should I bring or wear? Do I need shoes?”

For CMD, you don't need to bring anything, but boxing gloves are strongly recommended. We have public gloves you can use, but depending on the number of people in a class, you may have to share them with others. We sell gloves, but if you have your own that's fantastic!

For BJJ, you will need a gi (a martial arts kimono). If you have your own gi from other martial arts training you are welcome to use it. Just be warned that in Jiu-Jitsu there is a lot of gripping and pulling, so if the material is thin, it may rip. If you don't have one, we have a limited number of gis in stock for sale, and you can also rent one for RM10 per class.

Note: depending on the number of people in class, there may not be enough gis to go around if everyone rents. Please bring along a spare t-shirt and shorts in case.

You don't have to wear shoes, as all our training is barefoot.

3. “You offer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Is that where you are doing handstand and flips, and there is a lot of cool music?”

No, that’s actually a totally different thing: it’s called Capoeira. We don’t offer it, but who knows – maybe one day we will; we think it looks really cool! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more like a mix of Judo and Wrestling.

You can find more information here:

4. “Wrestling? Do you mean like WWE-style?”

Nope! WWE is entertainment, we mean Wrestling as in the martial art. What you see in the Olympics is closer to BJJ.

5. “I’d like to try out your Crazy Monkey Dance / Boxing Dance / etc. What kind of dance is it?”

It’s the kind that’s not a dance at all! Crazy Monkey Defense is a martial arts program, so we’re mainly concerned with self-defense.

6. “Why did you call it Crazy Monkey Defense?”

We didn’t name the style, and we didn’t invent it. It’s an international program and the head of the program, Rodney King, is based in South Africa. There are trainers in South Africa, North America, Europe, Australia and all over South East Asia!

For more info you can check out:

7. “So you have Crazy Monkey Defense, but do you have Kickboxing?”

Yes we do, as a part of the CMD program, but we mainly use punches. We teach kicks and knee strikes, but for the most part you will be using your legs for moving around and keeping balance, rather than striking.

8. “Can women join these classes? Or are they just for men?”

Women are always welcome in either BJJ or CMD. We would just recommend that for BJJ, that women bring a partner or friend.

9. “Can I just watch a class? I don’t know if I want to try it out.”

We strongly recommend you try the classes out rather than watch. The reason is: you will probably not really understand what is happening unless you experience it for yourself. Much more is happening than you may be able to see, and it is hard to catch unless you are actually doing it.

10. “Which is better for me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Crazy Monkey Defense?”

Well, that’s really up to you. They are both martial arts, and the only difference is the emphasis. In the BJJ program, we train mainly for sport competition (which means there is no striking), and in the CMD program the focus is on self-defense (which means everything is based on striking).

We recommend you come and try out both classes and see if you like the training. If you want to do both, that’s great too!

The first class is always free, so you can come and see if you like the training environment and atmosphere.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


1. Crazy Monkey Fundamentals class (no experience necessary!)

There will be a new Crazy Monkey Fundamentals class starting next month! The Fundamentals class is meant to give you the most essential core of the CMD program, and is open to men and women of all skill levels.

It doesn't matter if you've got no experience or if you have been training martial arts your whole life - there's something for you to learn in the CMD Fundamentals class!

The Fundamentals classes will be held on:

Monday 8 - 9 p.m., and
Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m.

The first class is on Wednesday, May 4th. However, you'll be able to preview the class starting April 25th during our Open Week!

2. Jiu-Jitsu / CMD Promotion & Open Week

If you've ever wanted to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Crazy Monkey Defense, it's a great time to do just that!

From Monday, April 25th to Saturday, April 30th, we'll be having a martial arts Open Week! Come and check out the gym, see if you like the training atmosphere, and attend ALL our martial arts classes
- for FREE!

From May 1st - 31st, when you join either program, you'll be able to attend all the classes for just RM100 a month each! What's more, you will be able to attend the next two months for the same price if you sign up by May 31st.

That's 3 months of unlimited training for only RM300 per program!

Come and check us out, and see you on the mats!

Note: During the promotion, beginners to the Crazy Monkey Defense program will be able to join both Fundamentals classes. After getting a good grasp on the material there, they will be invited to take part in the Wednesday 8 - 9 p.m. CMD Advanced class. During the Open Week, all CMD classes will be open to the public. Finally, to join the CMD program you must be 18 or older.

Questions? Email us at:

Click for more information on Crazy Monkey Defense

Click for more information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Friday, April 1, 2011


For those of you who have been taking a break from the Dance classes, and are planning to join again, April is a great time to do just that! These are the classes that will be starting new choreographies in April:

Belly Dance 2A: Monday, 6.10 p.m.

Belly Dance 2B: Saturday 9.00 a.m. / Wednesday 7.15 p.m.

Belly Dance 1C: Friday 6.30 p.m.

And for those of you who have no dance experience, don't feel left out - we've got classes for you too!

Belly Dance 1D (Beginners): Monday, 8.15 p.m. - Starts April 4th

Modern Jazz (Beginners): Monday, 7.15 p.m. - Starts April 4th

Flamenco (Beginners): Wednesday, 7.15 p.m. - Starts April 6th
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