Many people do Sanda a disservice by calling it ‘Chinese kickboxing’: modern Sanda is an impressive sport, but the removal of more dangerous techniques (such as elbows) and the highly protective gear has change it from what it was originally: a military art designed to express the movement principles of kung fu.
This means that a jab is not a jab: it’s the ability to deliver forward power! A hook isn’t just a hook: it’s the ability to deliver round power. If you train in such a way as to only learn principles, not techniques, there is a lot to be missed in Sanda’s seemingly simple repertoire.
Although An Shifu was a competitive Sanda champion, he learnt and teaches the original military Sanda.