Sanda is a comprehensive modern martial arts system. In Chinese "San” means free, and "Da” means hitting - Thus the name literally means freestyle hitting. Sanda has no set forms, but distills the best techniques of all Kung Fu styles into 4 broad categories: hand strikes, kicking, grappling and joint locking. Sanda then looks at the key targets of the human body and how such techniques can be applied against them. The focus of Sanda is on application.
The concept of free style hitting has had a long tradition in the history of Chinese martial arts. From the earliest dynasties, hunters have trained in combat in order to fight off wild animals. The focus is on using the best techniques for the situation.
As dynastic governments consolidate their rule through military power, soldiers were widely trained in Sanda in order to quell opponents. There were no set kung fu style that they were trained in, rather they were trained in the best techniques of each style.
Such remains the tradition today, where the army and police in China are taught Sanda both as a means of combat and self defense.
The key idea of Sanda is that it is not exclusionary. While Sanda does not contain any forms in itself, Sanda teachers encourage students to study a range of kung fu styles and martial arts systems to enrich their knowledge.
This is because while Sanda focuses on application of techniques, such techniques are also embodied within kung fu forms. Studying both would therefore complement each other and enrich the learning experience.
Sanda fighters typically know a couple of forms from other kung fu systems to complement / consolidate each facet of their technique e.g. punching or kicking.
Although Sanda practitioners learn a wide repertoire, the key principle is to keep things simple and practical. Flashy moves are to be avoided since they are hard to time and open you up for easy counter-attacks. This is why apparently simple punches, kicks, instant takedowns etc are always the techniques of choice of a Sanda fighter.
Roughly speaking, Sanda is divided into three zones for combat, namely:
Long range: kicking techniques
Short range: hand techniques
Point blank range: grappling and locks
Needless to say, these ranges are highly dynamic and different techniques should be linked at a moment’s notice.
Our eBook provides a practical illustrated guide to Sanda training and how it is used to fight at all three ranges of combat, i.e. the long, short and point blank range:
Proper Sanda training starts with the mental condition: Learn about the different battle plans, and adopting your battle plan to the opponent according to the circumstances.
Sanda is all inclusive - Learn about the hand shapes, stances and footwork used in the style and training methods to hone your skills
The combat stance - Its importance in combat
The hands are by far the versatile weapon in your arsenal. Learn how to apply Sanda hand techniques and their applications
Sanda kicks are designed to engage and take down the opponent before they can get in for a strike. Learn the repertoire of Sanda kicking techniques and applications
When you are up against an opponent who prefers to fight at range, move in for a throw takes the fight outside their comfort zone. Discover the throwing methods of Sanda, the different types of throws and how they are performed
Learn about seizing and joint-locking. These stem from the classic Chinese martial art skill of Chin Na. Such techniques are used to restrain an opponent without causing permanent injury
Meditation methods to calm the mind and cultivate your spirit.
Training methods to increase muscle strength, improve stamina and reaction times
Applications of Sanda in combat situations
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