Sanda,which literally means free fighting is a Chinese self- defense system and combat sport.It was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study of traditional Kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques. It includes punching,kicking,wrestling,takedowns,throws,sweeps,kick catches and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.
Sanda is normally not considered as a style itself rather as a training often thought alongside the other traditional Kung fu styles.Although Sanda is mostly accepted as a military combat or modern wushu discipline, it still holds the the techniques, theory ,training methods and spirit from the traditional Kung fu.
Sanda training at Tianmeng academy
The academy provides the necessary equipment for Sanda training as kickboxing bags with four different sizes and hardness, gloves,body,head and shin protection, pads and others.
The training begins with learning the proper techniques of the Sanda punches,kicks,body moves,footwork and needed stamina supervised by the coaches.That training is firstly individual and later with a partner or the coach blocking the attacks with training pads.Carefully could all be tried on the Sanda bags as well. The practitioners need to learn the different defensive moves and blocks firstly individual and later with a partner. At a further stage the students will learn takedowns and throws. That is more advance training and needs deeper understanding about the body kinetics and body balance.
Once the techniques of the punches and kicks are mastered,the solidness and the strength of the body are sufficient and all movements accurate then the students will be advised to train combinations of attacks and blocks which imitate a real fight. On a later stage there are sparing sessions at the school terrain which follow the strict rules of the real competitions and prepare students who desire to take part in future Sanda tournaments. All this methods are closely followed by the Shifus of Tianmeng academy, safe and only with educational porpoise.