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San Shou Kuan is predominantly a combative striking art that teaches the student explosive kicking, powerful punching techniques (Punch, chop, elbow, knee and kicks) and takedowns used in Sanda.

Watford Thur SANDA

Sanda is kickboxing with takedowns and throws. It differs from wrestling as in a clinch you only have few seconds to complete a throw and there is not groundwork. This makes it a very explosive fighting style beneficial to MMA and self defence as fighters try to remain on their feet.   WhenTravel  / What / Bio

When: Thursday 8:15-9:15 pm
Where: WD24 6NJ
Venue: The Dan Tien Centre, Harebreaks, Watford
(Ground floor studio, free car park at rear)
Instructor: David  (07968 282085)

by Car: M1 Jn.5 Northbound or Jn.6 Southbound; M25 Jn.19 cw or Jn.21a ccw
Underground: Watford (Met line) 2 mls away.
British Rail:
Watford North, (0. 7 mile),
Watford Junction (0.9  mile) 
(London Oyster card is valid)

*No.8 bus (every 20 mins) 5 minute ride Wat. Junc. to Maude Crescent Harebreaks
(or any bus travelling up St. Albans road can drop you off 5 min walk from Harebreaks)

[travel times: Brent Cross to M1Jn.5  20mins; Euston to Watford Jnc. 15 mins]

Special Notes: currently closed please contact Watford instructors  (see local classes page for seasonal holiday dates)

 Local Area: Watford, Eastcote, Ruislip, Pinner, Hatch End, Harrow Weald, Watford, Radlett, Rickmansworth, Bushey Heath, Moor Park, Northwood, Stanmore, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Bovingdon, Amersham, Chalfont, Gerrards Cross, Croxley, Maple Cross, Chorleywood, Chelmsford, Essex, Potters Bar

What to expect:

Class starts with warm up and stretching; extensive kicking and punching padwork.   Paired work for drilling takedowns and throws, (fully padded floor with a crash mat for learning new throws safely).
Concluding with free sparring and warm down.

Bio – About the instructor (Sifu):

This class was taught by John Machell BCCMA British Sanda and Quinda champion but his move to Denmark handed this class his instructor of 20 years,  David Nicholls.

David is a 6th Degree Black Belt who competed in numerous full contact kickboxing competitions in the 90s picking up various trophies and subsquently  trained many British Champions.  To enhance his early training David also spent months in Thai Boxing camps in Thailand and trained in UK boxing clubs for many years. (Sanda was relativily unknown in the UK at that time).   
Time (and body!) permitting David is still striving to improve his skill set by attending workshops run by GB Sanda coach where he also takes some of his students to attend enabling them to train with the GB Squad.

 David also holds a Masters in Sports and Exercise Science (MSc. SES) which he trys to utilise  getting fighters ‘fighting fit’. 

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