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Sanda Kickboxing



Sanda is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese Military based upon the study and practices of traditional Chinese Martial Arts and modern combat fighting techniques. it combines full-contact Kickboxing which includes close range and rapid successive punches and kicks, with wrestling, take downs, throws, sweeps, kick catches.

however when Sanda was developed as a sport, restrictions were made for safety reasons as well as to promote it as a non-violent sport. Examples of such restrictions included no blows delivered to the back of the head, throat, spine or groin and the discontinuation of the combat when any of the fighters fall to the ground. However many schools, whether traditional or modern, practice it as an all-round martial arts system with no restrictions, only adapting their training in relation to competition rules prior to the event. Sanda tournaments are one of the two disciplines recognized by the International WuShu Federation.

Practitioners often compete in other Combat sports such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Shoot boxing, K1 and MMA. Some Sanda fighters well known in the United states include the IKF and former Strikeforce middleweight MMA champion, Cung Le, and Marvin Perry. Other Sanda based fighters who have entered MMA include KJ Noons, Pat Barry, Zhang Teiquan. and Muslim Salihov, the European and world champion from Russia.  Liu Hailong (Muay Thai), Simon Marcus (kickboxing) and Zou Shimming (boxing).