Learn Sanda (The art of Chinese kickboxing)

Sanda Chinese Kickboxing

Sanda kickboxing is a type of kickboxing that originated from China. It means real fighting in English but the natives had slang for it- “technical combat” or “sharp hitting”. Practically it involves two fighters engaging each other without any supportive equipment. This form of kickboxing is unparalleled and sets its own practical style. It is a major martial art and very common with the Chinese. Its technical part involves blending the conventional fist forms of Chinese martial arts with application of unique style. The Chinese came to formally recognize during the “National Technique Competition” held in 1979. During a fight, one can attack by way of hitting, wrestling, kicking ,and controlling your opponent's body movement.

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During a Chinese kickboxing event, one has to combine the right art of posing and proficiency.  A ready pose sets the fighter in a prepared mode to battle. Sanda can be used as a form of exercise to keep your body fit and flexible in such a way that one can make sharp automatic hits. The quick hits ensure your opponent has little or no chance of hitting back as he concentrates on trying to block. It a very effective technique and can be used for personal defense.

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    Sanda Chinese kickboxing techniques are highly appreciated and one has to follow the procedures for exercising it fully. Upon an engagement, one can either left or right pose depending on your preferred method. The common left pose involves moving the left foot forward at a distance equivalent to the width of your shoulder from the toes of the right foot. The left foot should step flat firmly on the ground for stability while the right foot is elevated at a small angle from the ground. This posture ensures the chest is raised a bit while the stomach draws in backwards. To achieve this, both your knees must bend a little so that the gravitational pull acts upon your body from the right. Thus equilibrium is achieved to help maintain stability of your body during the fight.  To enable quick movements and easy blocking, the left arm is set backwards horizontally and bends at an angle of 90 degrees while the fist gets aligned with the lower end of the nose.  Your right arm should also surge backward bend roughly at 45 degrees. The priority of your eyes should be set on your opponent’s upper body.

While fighting or practicing, the clenched fist, knee and the step movements must always be utilized to enable you wrestle, defend and attack. This is the dominant concept of Sanda. Whether the right pose or left pose is in play, the same concept applies but this time in opposite position.

The step:

Making firm and quick steps in either left, right, backwards, or forward enables you to shift the body position. This is vital in maintaining body balance and enables easy defending and making diverse and quick attacks. In Sanda, there are nine commonly used steps;  Ji, Gai, Cha, Cekua, Nei, Dian, and transferred step, forward and backward step.


Defending yourself is the ultimate purpose of training in Sanda. You must protect yourself to avoid being hit or badly injure by the opponent. Maintaining a firm yet flexible pose gives you opportunity to hit and defend at the same time. A defensive movement should always be followed by a counter attack.

The Chuan:

A fist has to be clenched and surged in way that it has a maximum effect on the opponent. It must be firm, targeted and fast enough not to miss or be blocked. The common fist movements are; straight fist, Hooking fist, swing punch and the whipping fit. All are applied in different scenarios and depending on the posse of your opponent. Combining the quick step movements with sharp quick fists can is very effective in winning you opponent.

The leg:

Leg hits can be very effective especially if the adversary is at a distance that hinders the efficient application of the fist. However, the leg has to moved very fast with a lot of strength and target a definite part of the of the opponent’s body. One can make a sweeping move, sway the straight leg  or stretch it forth. Combining the step and leg movements can be deceptive and very effective in hiding your intended hit.

Wrestling movements:

In sanda Chinese kickboxing, wrestling is used to take down the adversary. This gives the fighter an advantage as the opponent can only make minimal moves with his hands and legs. Witty, subtle and quick movements of the step and leg must be made to give no room for defensive action

The knee:

Knee movement is one of the most powerful hits that can be applied. This skill is very effective while hitting head, abdomen or chest of your opponent. However, it can only be effective in a close fight.

Attacking constantly:

Perhaps this is the most effective way of winning your opponent by making quick, relentless and coordinated hand, leg and knee attacks. This confuses the opponent as he tries to defend the assault targeting different parts of the body. This gives you control over the adversary and you can make an ace hit easily.

Practicing Sanda gives a competitive edge both in martial arts and real battle.Learning Sanda can protect and self- defense.It distinguishes your ability and enhances strength, sharpness, bravery and skill.

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