“Chinese Boxing” often refers to Sanda (or Sanshou) or a discipline of Chinese combat sports, with rules and approaches similar to those of  Western Kick Boxing. In fact “Chinese Boxing” includes all Chinese Martial Arts and their many forms of training. With this idea we also want to express a pragmatic and contemporary research of Kung Fu (not to be confused with its traditional aspect at its core that remains at the base): an approach to combat that is based on counterattack and our immediate reactivity to action. A path that focuses on our psychological approach, not based on responding with specific techniques, but rather on the instinctive intention, “attacking the attack” through very distinctive martial principles (both physical and mental). Through “Chinese Boxing” we focus a deep and traditional feature of eastern culture on the knowledge of the body’s movement: a research not aimed at the creation of a new method of comparison, but at the mind-based conquest of the void and spontaneity of the resulting gesture, which becomes able to adapt in any context. From this point on and only in a later stage we can combine this psychology with modern combat

the key points of this research

  • empty mind

    Staying unconditional and mentally free allows you to be present in the moment of action with total relaxation, lucidity and confidence. Only after embracing this state, it is possible to really go through the following steps.

  • intention

    The intention transfers the charge into the body in order to act actively in the motion by enlarging its perception on the objective and by finalizing the technique, which builds the right attitude towards the opponent.

  • connection

    Full body perception: connecting mind / body through a correct posture allows the management of physical tensions, to release our energy to the maximum and to maintain a firm, elastic and continuous movement.

  • perception of space

    In this condition the perception of "self" extends to the space around you, allowing you to gain total awareness of the distances of intervention and of the environment around us.

  • instinctive reactivity

    The previous steps lead to an instinctive reaction to the so called "attacking the attack" action in the correct time and allowing the flow of movements (body chain) to flow to their natural end.

Below is a playlist with different “Chinese Boxing” workouts, namely: forms, couple workouts, sparring etc … The look should not fall on “modern or traditional” training but on the psychological aspect: full movement where mental emptiness , intention, connection, technique and instinctive reactivity are a “unicum” in the gesture in which maximum performance is achieved with minimum effort.

article by Isaia Antonaci: Si Fu at the Wing Chun Basement and Italian Federation of Wing Chun FIWUK, also co-founder of the San Dao Kung Fu Association.
Twenty-year experience in martial arts in-depth with constant travel to Hong Kong and martial competitions.

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