Sanshou class highlights

Here’s a video with some highlights of my Sanshou class. I’m only showing the fun parts here (fun for me, that is), meaning: when I land techniques on my students. They land shots on me too obviously but those don’t make for such great footage in my humble opinion… :-)

The whole idea is to give you a sample of the way we train, particularly the sparring. One caveat about that: the contact level is pretty low. I vastly outweigh most of my students so I have to pull my punches to avoid injuring them. I mostly work on my timing and other things but rarely cut loose with power. After all, they’re my students first and only my sparring partners second.

I also very often limit the sparring to 50% power, 50% speed. That way students are more fre to experiment without the fear of getting knocked out. Full-on sparring is usually limited to those students who compete or those who’ve been training for a few years. anyway, I hope you enjoy the video.


 UPDATE: Something seems to have gone wrong during the upload. There’s loads of artifacts and noise on the video. I’ll upload a better quality version later today.

UPDATE 2: I just uploaded a 720P version of the video and the quality seems to be better now. There are still artifacts but it’s a bit better now. I don’t know what the issue is because I’m uploading in the same format as my previous videos. Weird…

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  1. Awesome video.
    Love the tecnique at 1.31

    • Thanks Pieter. My students know that if they keep their leg up too long, they’ll get swept to the floor. The spinning back sweep is perhaps a bit flashy but if you set it up well with the leg kick feint like I did here, it often surprises people.

  2. Thank You for sharing it with us! I’m waiting for Paladin Press release of your last dvds Sanshou lessons. Not everybody is lucky to train with you in your Gym… :)

  3. Dan Gilardi says

    Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun! If I’m ever able to stop by Belgium in the next few years, do you mind if I stop by and play? I’m not very good and not very fast, but I make a good punching bag. ;-)

  4. very nice to see a gym with a lot of mutual respect. Really like your sweeps and throws, your timing, repertoire of techniques and your ability to overwhelm your opponent, really nice. Was also nice to see that when your were put to the floor by one of your students at 2.11minutes you responded positively and encouragingly. Can’t say that has always happened with me when I was lucky enough to get a shot in on a head instructor. Nice touch of class.

    • Whenever my students land a shot, I congratulate and encourage them. Because it means they’re learning and making progress. If I can always block or evade, then they’re not getting better. So they’re supposed to hit me. That said, I’ll almost always try to get them right back with the same or a similar technique. Like here, my student dropped me on the floor, I did the same to him. :-) It’s a challenge for us both: for him, so he doesn’t start floating because he landed a shot. But also for me, to take back the “point” (for lack of a better term) he took by taking one away from him.

  5. Chris Walker says

    I’m loving those leg sweeps and takedowns. Very quick exploitation of the opportunities.

  6. I’m curious Wim, why do follow with the same or similiar technique that your sparring partner has done on you?
    Would’nt that be a predictable reaction to your sparring partners? Maybe I’m missing an obvious point…

    • A bunch of reasons: It is indeed predictable, so he should be ready for it. But if I can still get it in, I just showed him that I can still get him with a technique even though he knew it was coming. Kind of undermines his self-confidence, makes it harder for him to do that same technique again (which is cool by me because I don’t want to get tagged by it again… :-)) and it also impresses the judges. That said, the trick is pulling it off. If you don’t, then he becomes even more confident. Like I said, it’s a challenge for myself.

  7. I like that thinking. Its like “If I’m gonna execute this technique, then I better work my ass on defending myself as well because he is gonna come after me and punish me with my own technique”. Keeps the intensity and workrate up, I like that.

  8. tom de weijer says

    heel tof!

  9. its like dancing the cha cha cha ?

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