San Shou: The Art of Free Fighting.

San Shou or San Da Kickboxing is the art of free fighting.

A great alternative to Muay Thai Boxing, San Shou (also known as San Da) Kickboxing is a fast paced dynamic form of kickboxing offered at our gym in North London. Similar to Mauy Thai boxing, this Chinese form of Kickboxing has a full range striking, kicking, clinching and leg catches, as well as wrestling take downs. In fact, there is a greater emphasis on throwing in San Shou Kickboxing making it valid component art for those interested in progressing towards mixed martial arts training.

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San Shou (San Da) Kickboxing is a martial art that has in part been developed by the Chinese military, but this martial art is more a result of blending traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Wu Shu styles with modern combat fighting techniques. Hence, San Shou (San Da) has an emphasis on wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps and leg catches in a full contact kickboxing format.

San Shou boxing is safe, fast paced, fun, and an energetic form of kickboxing training. You’ll not only get fit, but you’ll learn an effective blend of martial arts technique. Our classes are friendly and multi level, so in our gym you will work at a level to suit you. If you are new to this type of martial arts training, we will teach you the basics of San Da kicks, strikes, and throws while concentrating on improving your fitness to get you started.

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Our San Shou (San Da) Kickboxing class meets at our gym every Wednesday at 8.45pm.

A typical class consists of a brief fitness and condition workout, boxing, wrestling, and pad work drills to warm up. We then progress towards technique training, and finally sparring at the end of the class. While beginners are always welcome, they are not encouraged to spar straight away. Instead we prefer that new students wait until they are confident with the technique for sparring.

We will be happy to lend you equipment for your first lesson. However, the following equipment is required for this class: Boxing Gloves, Hand Wraps, Gum Shield, Shin and Head Guards (Thigh Guards are optional), as well as a Chest Protector. Please wear shorts and a t-shirt.

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Did you know that San Da is now a modern format of combat in which all Chinese martial arts compete against each other?

There is a wide spectrum of fighting styles in Chinese martial arts. Some arts specialise in Shuai Jiao (throwing techniques) and Chin Na (joint manipulations), others in striking with the upper or lower body. In the past, Kung Fu schools would fight bare hand on a Lei Tai (a raised platform) to see which was better. San Da is the modern development of these traditional Lei Tai contests, but governed by rules to reduce the risk of injury.

The rules cover the different ranges of fighting i.e. long range (kicking & leg catches), mid range (punches, knees, & elbows), close range (grappling). It is akin to Mixed Martial Arts with no ground fighting, but focuses on striking and stand up skills instead.

Our San Da training is taught separately to our ordinary Wing Chun classes in our gym to allow a greater emphasis on the sparring and grappling aspects of San Da Kickboxing. Our training methods are similar to many of the top Muay Thai, Shoot Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts gyms, but we emphasise traditional martial arts values. You don’t have to join a Wing Chun class to practice San Da with us.

If you’ve trained in other forms of Kickboxing you’re welcome to join us, you’ll fit straight in.

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