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Chinese Kickboxing

In order to promote a better understanding of Kung Fu combat techniques, ideas from the traditional Chinese fighting arts of Praying Mantis, Baji, Piqua etc. are infused with the training concepts of western boxing, Muay Thai, and Shuai Jiao [Chinese wrestling]. In this way, students are able to develop excellent offensive and defensive tools using the hands, feet, elbows, knees, throws, sweeps, takedowns and grappling.

The use of heavy bags, focus mitts, kicking shields, medicine balls and skipping ropes are all excellent aids in developing accuracy, speed, reflex, stamina and power. Our style of Chinese Kickboxing is designed to be suitable for both men and women and can be used for self-defense, body toning, improving stamina, and flexibility or even in competitions. The focus is on both light and full contact sparring with the latter requiring a bit more protective gear.

Originally all Chinese martial arts had realistic San Shou or San Da [free hand or free fighting] skills especially in the advanced stages of training. San Shou's fighting concepts date back to around 700 B.C. when Shuai Chiao [Chinese wrestling] which is the oldest form of Chinese martial art was recorded.

However, during peacetime martial arts forms were created for soldiers to practice on a daily basis in order to sharpen their proficiency. Forms' training is only one part of the equation in becoming an all rounded Kung Fu practitioner. To only practice forms without trying to apply the techniques to a live unpredictable opponent is like trying to learn how to swim without ever getting into the water. Sparring allows one to lose the fear of striking someone or being hit. It allows one to experiment and develop a repertoire of offensive and defensive techniques suited to one's personality.

Historically, free fighting took place on a Lei Tai (raised platform) and dates back to a time in China where challenge matches were often fought with bare hands and weapons with no rules-often resulting in death or serious injury.

At the National Chinese tournament in Nanking in 1928, the fights on the Lei Tai were so brutal that the final 12 contestants were not permitted to fight for fear of killing off some of the great masters of the time.

China and other nations worldwide have now combined their efforts to organize a modern version of San Shou into full-contact bouts. These matches show the effectiveness of Chinese martial art theories and techniques in a safe environment. The risk of serious injuries is limited and the excitement of the combative arts is retained. Although a wide array of full contact punching, kicking, takedowns and throws are allowed, it must be taken into account that some of the techniques from Kung Fu such as chin na (seize and control), kai shou (open hand), zhao (claws), striking at the joints and finishing holds, chokes, arm locks etc, have been removed from competition to insure that there are no major injuries.