The “Secrets” of San Soo Kung Fu. By Chief Warrant Officer, Steve Hatfield

On June 19, 2014 by Master Bill

San Soo is a varied but straight forward art – it is truly a step above all other fighting arts.   People are the variable. Not the art.  Execution, determination and willingness to go the full mile with the technique are paramount to San Soo.

It’s like showing up to a fight with a gun but then only trying to use it as a bludgeon.    One must be prepared to pull the trigger.   How many fights have been stopped by low blows or eye pokes in MMA. It’s a SPORT. You cannot compare the two.

San Soo is a combat system made to systematically destroy an opponent. Point blank. End of discussion. The San Soo fighter must escalate the viciousness of the attack in an instant to immobilize an opponent and instill pain and fear which is a result of severe damage to the body.

The human condition has conditioned us to not be able to take a fight to the extreme. It’s like having to eat bugs if lost in the wilderness to survive. Some just succumb rather than lower themselves to a baser instinct for survival. San Soo initiates with this instinct, it is the pinnacle of fighting. Real fighting and real survival equals real combat.

Imagine closing in on an opponent who delivers a barrage of attacks to vital areas with full force and determination to blind you, maim, and even kill you.  Every move you make is met with a strike, meeting you half way before you can finish a movement. San Soo trains the reactions of the human body and anticipates movements to the point that techniques flow rhythmically one after another without thinking through them.  They just happen naturally and catch an opponent way behind trying to get out of the storm of pain and misery that San Soo Kung fu delivers to an opponent.

Theatrics and tricks have no place in real fighting.  Breaking boards and delivering double flying kicks that could never really deliver any power or dispatch two opponents simultaneously are for show.  Power does not come from theatrics but dynamic tension and speed.

Speed delivered to the opponent in the smallest possible weapon surface will deliver devastating results. Making your fist as tight and small as possible keeps it from absorbing kinetic energy into itself as it strikes and the reduced surface size delivers more force per square inch causing a more traumatic strike.

The winding and unwinding of the body also creates great power, speed and torque. The strikes of San Soo are meant to disable an attacker, not score points. San Soo fighters punch through their targets.  This causes maximum impact and moves the opponent in predictable ways.

A slight jab to the nose may only irritate an opponent. A strike that looks to target an area behind the opponent will cause his head to snap back deeply and cause the shoulders to follow.   This will either cause him to stumble quickly back or make his hips  pop forward if he stands his ground opening a quick kick to the groin.

In the same way people are conditioned not to commit these acts of extreme violence, most opponents are likewise conditioned to not expecting this to happen to them. It is the element of surprise of San Soo.  It is not just using surprise to launch an attack but the surprise of the manner in which the attack is delivered.

The vast amount of techniques is also a real advantage for San Soo practitioners. There are multiple lifetimes of available material to learn. One never stops learning; never hits a wall where the system is learned front to back.

The techniques are modular and can be combined to create an endless barrage of pain and damage to an opponent.   Regardless of positioning or circumstances, it is probable a San Soo fighter has practiced from the angle he finds himself in, and against the strike his opponent is trying to deliver.

San Soo is a complete system of fighting that builds a confidence from training such a varied amount of techniques against a training partner. The reactions are natural and do not need thought through.   This confidence then translates to a lack of hesitation as well as the ability to mentally defeat your opponent.  By showing a supreme confidence you give your attacker cause to wonder. No one wants to fight a game opponent.  Doubt and fear creeps into the mind of your attacker. You have won before the fight begins.



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