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Clips from a Shaolin Temple kickboxing tournament. In Chinese, the style of fighting is called “sanda” or “sanshou.” For more go to www.mattpolly.comVideo Rating: 4 / 5
Tags: AMERICAN, Kickboxing, Shaolin
June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC 0)
June 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm (UTC 0)
That was by far the best sanda I’ve ever seen.
June 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm (UTC 0)
I liked the part with sanda.
June 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm (UTC 0)
which book do you mean?
June 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm (UTC 0)
I just finished reading your book! It was great! I took about 4 years of Tae Kwon Do, but I’ve been out of it for 2 years now. I wish i was still in it…
June 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm (UTC 0)
June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm (UTC 0)
i read your book and im glad i picked it up it was funny and enlightening at the same time .
June 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm (UTC 0)
there is no mma vs tma dichotemy its just retards vs smart ppl
everybody was sanda fighting
June 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm (UTC 0)
Awesome. Do you have any more footage?
June 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm (UTC 0)
Ha! No, this was a tournament the day after mine. I was lucky enough to have survived in sufficient shape to videotape it. Sanda is pretty hardcore.
June 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm (UTC 0)
1.30 – is that the part where your opponent from the final accidentally hit the Japanese fighter and broke his nose? Sanda looks hardcore.
June 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm (UTC 0)
That was a great sweep on 0:19. The guy was like “Yea I’m going to puch you dead in your face. Super Punn…”
Then wham the guy swept his leg. LOL.
June 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm (UTC 0)
damn the fighting style looks ugly. but it seems to be effective. .
June 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm (UTC 0)
Thanks for sharing these. A friend in Karate class recommended your book and it was really engaging. It’s great to see clips of the people and techniques you write about.
June 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm (UTC 0)
Thanks for the reply. You should post on Gene’s KFM forums again, Matt. We need decent people over there now that’s it’s become an MMA vs. TMA battleground.
June 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm (UTC 0)
Good question. No this tournament took place in the Shaolin village the day after the Zheng Zhou tournament in September of 1993. Only Chinese students from local schools were allowed to enter out of concern for the safety of foreign fighters. The promoters banned the chest protection that is normal in San Shou tournaments. A number of fighters were carried off on stretchers from accidental knees to the solar plexus. I was glad to be an observer.
June 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm (UTC 0)
Oh, so these are the matches from the time period of your book? Awesome. This wouldn’t be the tournament you entered, would it?
June 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm (UTC 0)
I filmed this in 1993. So it was awhile ago.
June 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm (UTC 0)
How recent were these matches, Matt?
June 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm (UTC 0)
I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve taken Muay Thai as well. It’s a beautiful art.
June 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm (UTC 0)
i do muay thai, but i love sanshou/sanda, its great
June 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm (UTC 0)
It depended. Most of the monks considered sanda to be the most efficient form of fighting. But there were some who still preferred to use only traditional techniques. And there was one or two who adapted modern wushu gymnastics to fighting situations.
June 9, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC 0)
Since Shaolin Monks train in different forms, is Sanda what they would use for practical self defense? (with the addition of strikes to the vital points of course)
June 9, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC 0)
yea, lei tai is the name of the platform they fight on. lei tai refers to the sport sanda.
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