Buddhist monks in China perfected this effective fighting art many centuries ago. The combinations of kicks, punches, strikes and leverages are based on scientific principles of physics. When these combinations are directed to vital parts of the body, using balance, coordination and timing, they are extremely powerful and effective.
The techniques can be changed to fit any given situation and do not follow a set pattern. These natural, circular movements of San Soo make it a common sense fighting art. Since the art was developed and used for protection of life, rules of fighting can not apply. Therefore, San Soo is not a sport and not used in tournaments or competition.
San Soo is referred to as a “life changing art.” As students study the art it builds confidence in their ability, which can be influential to all aspects of their lives. A respect develops for fellow human beings because you can not know another person’s ability or character as a fighter when you meet them. However, if you must fight you have the confidence to do your best and stand up for what you believe.
Though there are many principles and applications of the art that can take years of study to master, a person can defend their life with one technique when it is executed correctly. So whether you study the art for 30 years or 3 months, the physical exercise, coordination, mental awareness and self-defense ability are all benefits that begin to develop when you become a San Soo student.