Wushu Sanda

Sanda Competition Categories for IWUF World Wushu Championships

Sanda is classified by different weight categories for adults [18-35yrs] and for juniors [15-17yrs].  Adults matches are full contact, while Juniors use restricted contact.  Check under the Wushu Rules tab above for information on Sanda Competition Rules and Regulations.

Sanda is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon intense study of various traditional methods and combined with modern, advanced in sports medicine and training methodology.  Sanda is practiced as a combat sport, meaning that training is conducted with safety equipment and competitions are conducted under rules restricting certain tactics and techniques designed for the safety of the participants. 

Sanda is also a compete martial art that teaches striking, kicking, leg kicks, kick catches, sweeps, take-downs and throws. The current sport of Sanda does not include elbow and knee strikes but most Sanda gyms teach these techniques as well.  The Sanda philosophy is that participation in combat sports is the best road not only to health, fitness and well-being, but to practical self-defense skills as well.

Weight Categories
Adult Male:      48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg, >90kg 
Adult Female:  48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg
Junior Male:     48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg
Junior Female: 48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg

Bout Information
Adults – each round 2.0 min with 1 min between.
Juniors – each round 1.5 min with 1 min between
There are three rounds per bout for Adult and Juniors – best out of three wins
Headgear, gloves, chest protectors, mouth guards, groin protectors and shin guards are worn