Santa Clara Valley
San Shou Freefighting Club
Our San Shou Club meets Monday nights from 7 to 9 PM at QI Dojo IX in Gilroy, California, for an hour of directed training followed by an hour of San Shou style sparring. It is preceded from 6 to 7 PM by an hour of solo training in advanced Tai Chi Chuan and related Internal Martial Arts led by the Chief Instructor.
The 7-8 PM San Shou class focuses on the areas of participant's weaknesses, developing relevant skills, techniques, stamina, balance and focus from a variety of Kung Fu and related systems. For instance, Boxers might not have much training and experience in kicks and sweeps. Kickboxers might have only a rudimentary background in arm and fist based striking and might be totally clueless when it comes to converting an incoming punch or kick into a takedown or throwdown. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Judo practitioners might, likewise have only limited ability with hand or leg striking.
From 8-9 PM San Shou training shifts into sparring mode where participants apply their interactive martial skills in timed and refereed light sparring bouts, followed by detailed critiques of the bout by the Chief Instructor and other experienced observers as requested.
Periodically (certain times of the year, monthly), the Club holds a special evening of sparring at a professional boxing gym up the street. Here it has use of a sanctioned boxing ring so participants can train different aspects of San Shou competition fighting in a real competition space setting.
Gilroy Dojo San Shou Training:
When: Monday Evenings: 7-9 PM
Where: QI Dojo IX in old downtown Gilroy
Dues: $150/mo ($75 for participants currently enrolled in
another regular class at QI Dojo IX).*
*A separate $25 per person gym use fee for periodic closed sparring sessions at the nearby professional boxing gym, including participating members and their guests (family, friends, trainers, trainees, observers, etc.) is required.
What is San Shou? San Shou is the full contact expression of Chinese internal martial arts which allows for fair and reasonably safe competitions between the many styles of Kung Fu. In the West it is better known as "Chinese Boxing".
In modern terms, competition San Shou contains 3 major elements of unarmed martial interaction: 1) Striking with Hands and Arms (Boxing), 2) Striking with Feet, Legs and Knees (Kickboxing) and 3) Brief standup grappling (takedowns, uproots and throw downs) (Tui Shou).
San Shou is differentiated from MMA and UFC styles of competition fighting in a number of important respects. The most obvious is that a throw down or takedown involving both competitors going to the mat doesn't continue for more than a second 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). Thus no "ground and pound" that many find objectionable occurs.
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.