Traditionally, Lei Tai was the competition arena for Kung Fu fighters, either for sport or rivalry. The rules varied from place to place and from time to time, the amount of protection and brutality seemed to be negotiable depending on the stakes of the competition. Currently, there are Lei Tai competitions that feature two fighters on a raised platform, with padding below. Open fingered gloves are used for a wider range of striking and palm techniques.
San Shou, San Da
Sometimes known as Chinese kickboxing, San Shou was created to give Kung Fu an actual sport setting with standard rule systems that would be acceptable to an international crowd. San Shou uses boxing gloves, shin and instep pads & head gear as protective equipment; legal techniques are kicks, punches, throws, tackles and lifts. San Da is similar but also allows knees to the body and generally lets the fighters spend more time in clinch range. International rules of San Da allow elbows and knees to the face as well.
Shuia Jiao & Grappling
Shuia Jiao, also known as Chinese wrestling, is a form of fighting that focuses on throwing, sweeping, tackling and takedowns.
Freestyle & MMA
These types of competitions combine all of the aspects of the above tournaments.
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