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Kickboxing: then what is Sanda?

Sanda, which simply means, “free, or open, fighting,” is the Chinese style of kickboxing. Sanda is very similar to Muay Thai, though unique to Sanda is the use of elaborate throws and takedowns, with less emphasis on knee and elbowing techniques. However, our students also cross-train and spar with both Muy thai, and International kickboxing rules.

Our Classes:

Sanda classes at the Academy fit the needs of the aspiring fighter, as well as the health oriented. Our well-rounded Sanda program can help to maintain fitness, to lose weight or gain muscle, and to help develop or enhance fighting technique. Competition training opportunities are also available to students interested in gaining amateur fight experience in the ring. Additionally, cross training is welcome to any experienced fighters looking to become familiar with a different style of fighting.

Curriculum at a Glance:

Basic footwork/Advanced footwork
Basic striking/ Advanced striking
Basic kicking/ Advanced kicking
Use of elbows and knees
Clench work
Pad work
Fighting strategy
Sparring (Full and light contact)
Strength training/conditioning
Endurance training


What should I expect in class? —— A typical class includes calisthenics and strength conditioning, followed by pad work or partner drills. During each class, in-depth instruction will be given on the proper execution of the various hand and leg techniques, and how to use them more effectively. Contact sparring sessions are held through out the week and are optional.

Is Sanda the same as Cardio Kickboxing? —— Our Sanda classes are not the “cardio” kickboxing classes seen in many gyms today, with sole emphasis on cardio. Our focus for all our students is to train like professional fighters, which incorporates both cardiovascular, endurance, and strength training, as well as correct technique, speed and self-defense strategy.

How long must I train before I am ready for my first fight? —— Before a first time fighter gets in the ring, he or she must be prepared physically and mentally, and this requires dedicated, serious practice. Length of training for an initial fight can vary anywhere from 6 months to one year, but largely depends on the individual.

Is sparring required in class? —— Full contact sparring is an optional part of each person’s training. However, we do encourage all Sanda students to participate in sparring sessions, even if they do not wish to compete, in order to improve self-confidence and self-defense skills.

Do you have Sanda classes for children? ——Children 6-12 learn basic Sanda as part of children's classes during the week. Teens 13 and up may attend adult Sanda classes