(aka Sanshou) is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional Kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques; it combines full-contact kickboxing, which includes close range and rapid successive punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, kick catches, and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.
This strategic mindset resonated with the Chinese Nationalist government. In 1924, it built the Whampoa Military Academy in Canton to create the combat sport of Sanda, which combined traditional Chinese kung fu with modern training methods and sports medicine. Sanda is not a style but a form of military training that has evolved into a combat sport.
In addition to self-defense applications,
Sanda philosophy dictates that by participating in combat sports, one can attain good health, fitness and well-being.