Sanda is a great sport to improve fitness, speed and agility for all ages. It is a great form of exercise for all ages and at Northern Dragons we have a structured syllabus to teach you everthing you need to know to learn this amazing art. We cater for children and adults having separate classes for each.

Many people train in San da for fitness and self defence however there is a competitive side for those interested in this side of the sport. Sanda is the official full contact fighting sport of modern Wushu/Kung Fu which is rapidly growing in popularity both in the UK and abroad.

As an integral part of most Wushu competitions, Sanda has been an important event at the World Wushu Championships and presently Sanda competitions are held in over 75 countries world wide.

The word Sanda translates as "unbound han" and refers to free fighting where the rules are designed to most accurately simulate actual combat. Sanda 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.

Modern Sanda developed into a sport about the same time as modern Wushu during the 1960's by the Chinese Government. In order to define a standard kung fu fighting style, the great masters from all over China were given the task of organizing the huge heritage of Chinese martial arts in to a system of rules in which different styles could complete. Protective equipment was also added to further reduce the risk of serious injury.

The rules of Sanda allow for a wide array of full contact punching, kicking, takedowns and throws derived from the traditional application of Chinese martial arts. Finishing hold (chokes, arm locks etc.) have been excluded from the rules which forces the fight to continue at a fast pace.

Sanda addresses the three ranges of fighting-kicking, punching and grappling which adds great realism to the sport.

A fighter can win by a knockout or by points, points are also awarded for the techniques according to effectiveness. In a tournament, you fight for 2 rounds of 2 minutes each, plus a third round in case the first 2 score even. Forcing the opponent off of the platform is also a major technique of Sanda. It is a mistake to think of Sanda as just kick boxing because the strategies of Sanda are very different.