Sanshou is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional Kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques; it combines full-contact kickboxing, which includes close range and rapid successive punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, kick catches, and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.
Sanda was developed out of traditional Chinese martial arts and Lei Tai (“platform”) free boxing matches in the early
19th century for use by Chinese soldiers. Traditional kung fu and Lei Tai boxing were popular at the time, but also seen by military commanders as not particularly effective for hand to hand combat on the battlefield. The Sanda system
grew out of Sanshou (free boxing) and included both striking and grappling techniques.
Today Sanda forms the backbone of every competing Chinese martial artist’s repertoire. There are competitions going
on constantly, culminating in the biggest and most important martial arts event in China, the National Wushu and Sanda Championships.
Click here to view this year’s ICMAC Sanda sparring videos.