Understanding the term “Sparring” at our Academy.
Sanshou (or Sanda, Chinese Kick Boxing) is a class that combines Kung-fu techniques with full-contact sparring, including punches, kicks, wrestling, throws, takedowns, sweeps, kick catches, and elbow strikes.
What does a sparring session look like? In order to ensure the most realistic sparring sessions possible, but at the same time to ensure safety on both sides, our sparring style is divided into two types: turn-based combat, and combat simulation.
- Turn-based combat: this type is based on a timed alternation of attack and defense. It aims at training the brain to learn increasingly difficult block-attack patterns.
- Combat simulation: this type is introduced after a Student has completed his/her first year of training. Combat simulation can only take place between Master and Student, or between two Students who have been enrolled in the Academy for at least one year. In Combat simulation, sparring will display the typical characteristics of a real fight, provided that the rules set below are followed:
What’s allowed and what’s not? In general, there are three components that are excluded from our sparring sessions. They are: speed, power, malicious intention.
- Speed: Students must be aware that it is easy to get carried away by the adrenaline of the moment, therefore, for safety reasons, speed factor is reduced to minimum in our sparring sessions, while it can increase in the turn-based combat sessions, according to the degree of experience achieved by each Student. Speed is the main reason of injury in fighting sports, due to the “ping-pong effect” between the two sparring parts: if A attacks/blocks B too fast, B will adapt to this new pace, therefore the match will increase its pace faster and faster, increasing the risk of injury for both A and B.
- Power: the same goes for power factor: reduced to minimum in our sparring sessions, which can be increased in turn-based sparring to the degree of experience achieved by each student.
- Malicious intention: reduced to zero irrespectively. It is clear that there must be a factor defined as “simulated aggression” within our combat sessions, in order for both fighters to be mentally ready for a real-like life situation, but malicious intention – or intent aimed at hurting the opponent – is strictly banned by our school. Students who won’t obey this rule will be banned from the Academy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy allows its Students to learn any class with no limitation. However, we strongly suggest to follow a gradual 3+2 year program where you can start from the easiest skill to the most complex Shaolin Kungfu technique. Furthermore, this is the only way the Academy will recognize your achievements.