The Santa Clara Valley San Shou Freefighting Club was recently created to restore competition San Shou to California's Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley) where it used to flourish with such greats as Cung Le,
The metaphorical idea behind the name San Shou is the breaking of a Lotus Root... When the root is bent until it breaks, the fibers inside continue to be unbroken and continue to link the two halves of the root. The idea is that the separation from one's opponent while applying striking methods as opposed to the obvious ongoing contact involved in grappling is only apparent and the apparent distance between the contenders is in fact made up of energetic connections between the two players.
San Shou is the full contact expression of Chinese internal martial arts. In modern terms, it contains 3 elements of martial interaction: 1) Striking with Hands and Arms (Boxing), 2) Striking with Feet, Legs and Knees (Kickboxing) and 3) Standup grappling (takedowns, uproots and throw downs).
San Shou is differentiated from MMA styles of competition fighting in a number of important respects, but the most obvious is that a throw down or takedown involving both competitors going to the mat doesn't continue for more than a few seconds on the mat (just long enough to see if the original throw down or takedown was reversed to the advantage of the one originally thrown.