History & Development
San Shou is the official full contact fighting sport of modern Wushu which is rapidly growing in popularity both in the US and abroad. As an integral part of most Wushu competitions, San Shou has been an important event at the World Wushu Championships since its inception in 1991. Presently San Shou competitions are held in over 75 countries world wide. Recently San Shou has also become a professional sport in America.
The word "San Shou" also spelled "Sanda" translates as "unbound hand" and refers to free fighting where
the rules are designed to most accurately simulate actual combat. San Shou matches are fought on a raised
platform called the "Lei Tai". Historically, the Lei Tai dates back centuries in China where challenge
matches were fought both bare handed and also with weapons with no rules—often resulting in death or
serious injury. At the National Chinese tournament in Nanking in 1928, the fights on the Lei Tai were so
brutal that the final 12 contestants were not permitted to fight for fear of killing off some of the great masters of the time. So changes