San Shou is a new style of wushu (Chinese martial art). It is a consolidation of Chinese martial art
theories and techniques into a new form that consists of rules and
the ability to execute techniques at full power. It is a complete system of realistic unarmed combat
covering the skills of striking, grappling, wrestling, groundfighting, and weapon defenses.
San shou is a kickboxing style, it consists of standard kicks and
punches, but then it enters into entrapment, which
leads to throws or takedowns. Another added feature is that a competitor can push or throw
his opponent off a lei tai (platform), adding excitement to the bouts.
Modern San Shou developed into a sport about the same time as modern Wushu during the 1960's by the Chinese
Government. In order to define a standard kung fu fighting style, the great masters from all over China
were given the task of organizing the huge heritage of Chinese martial arts in to a system of rules
in which different styles could complete. Protective equipment was also added to further reduce
the risk of serious injury.
Lately, the Chinese government have promoted San Shou into a nation-wide sport and held formal
national and international championships every year.
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