San Da s a form of Chinese sport fighting that incorporates kickboxing and wrestling. San Da (a.k.a Sanshou) literally means "free fighting", San Da is a combat sport which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon traditional Kung Fu and modern combat fighting techniques; it combines full-contact kickboxing, which include punches and kicks, wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, kick catches, and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.
Not a style in itself, San Da is considered as one of the two components of Chinese martial arts training and is often taught alongside with forms training. However, as part of the development of sport wushu by the Chinese government, San Da was developed as a standardized way to compete in sport fighting.
Our San Da program uses the Hung Ga foundation in a sport setting to form a high intensity, fun and exciting workout while teaching real-time defense, offense and conditioning in a variety of situations. Its cardiovascular and muscular benefits are second to none. As in all of our classes, we utilize a progressive step-by-step method of teaching, and pace the training according to the individual. We have trained numerous full contact competitors in a variety of combat sports (San Da, San Shou, Lei Tai, International Kickboxing, Grappling and MMA).
The class starts with Matthew's personal fitness routine "Kung Fu Fit" followed by San Da combat drills, pad drills, and partner work. Junior students often pair with more advanced students and instructors. This method keeps the training safe, fun, and with clean technique.
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