Sport Wushu

Sanda

Sanda is a modern unarmed combat sport that developed from traditional wushu techniques, and primarily makes use of punching, kicking, throwing, wrestling and defensive techniques.

  • Competition bouts take place on an elevated platform called a “leitai,” which is 80cm in height, 8m in width and 8m in length, and comprises of a frame covered in high density foam with a canvas cover. On the ground surrounding the platform is a protective cushion that is 30cm in height and 2 meters in width. Competing athletes wear protective gear that includes a headguard, chest protector, and gloves, as well as a mouthguard and a jockstrap.

  • Competition bouts comprise of 3 rounds in total, each lasting two minutes with a one-minute rest period between rounds. Apart from illegal blows and methods, sanda athletes may employ punching, kicking and throwing techniques from all styles of wushu. Valid striking areas are: the head, the trunk (including the chest, abdomen, waist and back), and the legs. The full-contact bouts are free flowing and exciting, and athletes are awarded points by the sideline judges for successfully-executed techniques based on the scoring criteria. An athlete will be declared the winner if he or she wins 2 out of the 3 rounds of a bout, or if his or her opponent is knocked out.

  • Sanda competition includes 11 weight categories for men and 7 weight categories for women.

  • 3

    Rounds

  • 2

    Minutes Per Round

  • 1

    Minute Rest
    Between Rounds

Winning

An athlete will be declared the winner if he or she wins 2 out
of the 3 rounds of a bout, or if his or her opponent is knocked out.

Download sanda rules

  • IWUF Wushu Sanda Competition Rules & Judging Method 2017

Upcoming Sanda Events

  1. 15th World Wushu Championships

    October 19 to October 23, 2019

  2. 10th Sanda World Cup

    2020

Latest News

  • October 29, 2018

    9th Sanda World Cup -- Sanda Stars Come Out to Shine in Hangzhou, China

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