hey i was bumming around the net today and i found a bunch of stuff about the american san shou guys, they look pretty good, i found a site called the ebm kung fu acadame in oakland, it looks like a bunch of wong jackmans students, looked cool. what do people know?
Mike Patterson speaks well of them.
I have been training at the ebm acadamy in oakland for about a year now. The instruction there is very good and the fighters that they produce for san shou competition are also very good.
The training goes something like this.
1hr of conditioning=usually about 20min of hatha yoga, and the rest of the time doing body weight exercises. Push ups, sit ups, squats, ect...
Although sometimes we will change things up and do a chi gung muscle tendon changing set for that hour.
next hour is form work solo and two man sets. We practice northern shaolin, yang style tai chi, and sun style hsing yi. The teacher Brent Hambey pulls this curiculum from his years of training with wong jack man.
1hr of forms like on monday. then the next hour is working the tai pads or doing some other kind of kick boxing drills. All working on the striking aspect of san shou. We do the exercises to a timer just like you do rounds in a match. Then we do push ups and sit ups in between rounds.
1hr of conditioning like on mondays and then we work the grappling aspect of san shou. Working throws and takedowns. Sometimes we do some ground work. Brent studied with cesar and ralph gracie. But it is not stressed. Mainly just trows and takedowns that are used in san shou competition.
We do some drills on the pads and with partners. Then we spar. This class is about 3 hrs.
Sometimes extra training on thursdays and saturdays if we are preparing for competition.
The atmosphere there is good. Everyone is pretty chilled out. And Brent the teacher is a nice guy.
Its been alot of fun training there, even though the classes are realy hard work.
Well guys I hope I gave some good info.
let me know if you have any questions