Sanshou (Sanda) Chinese Kick Boxing
Sanshou, or sanda, is a full-contact Chinese sport similar to American kickboxing or Muay Thai. Athletes compete in a ring or on a lei tai, a raised fighting platform. Boxing gloves and head-guards are worn for protection. Each athlete tries to score a win over his opponent by scoring points or knocking his opponent out.
Points can be scored by landing a blow on your opponent, usually with the fists, knees or legs, knocking him out or throwing him down, or pushing him off the platform if fighting on the lei tai. Sanshou includes a number of throws and grappling techniques taken from Chinese wrestling, as well as locking techniques (quinna).
Sanshou is one of the components of modern Wushu, and competitions often take place alongside taulo (form) competitions.
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