Two Shaolin Martial Arts Athlete Fighters winning first and second place at the Pan American Kung-fu Games at the Pan-Am Centre


One of its unique features lies in its flexibility to incorporate techniques from any other fighting style according to the lineage and experience of the instructor. At SHAOLIN Martial Arts Canada, the combined skills of both Shaolin and Kempo are employed,  forming our own unique Sǎndǎ style.


Shaolin Martial Arts Athletes with Mayor Mrakas after the 2023 Ontario Winter Games
In Wushu Canada, there are two types of Sǎndǎ practiced: Light Performance and High Performance.

Light Performance is a progressive, light-contact structure by which a participant can safely develop their skills from Novice to Advanced levels before making the switch to High Performance.

High Performance involves training for Semi and Full Contact events in Provincial, National, and International level events. This requires a lot of physical training and conditioning, and participants must be of appropriate age (14)  and skill levels to compete.

Recognizing that Sǎndǎ is based on traditional high impact martial arts skills, when re-developed as a sport, restrictions were put into effect for obvious safety reasons. As such, there are no blows to the back of the head, throat, spine, or groin,  followed by discontinuation of the combat when any fighter has been thrown, taken down, or fallen to the ground. Things that would otherwise be seen as fair game in traditional combat/self-defense training.

Current Sǎndǎ regulations are governed by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which oversees international events.

In Canada, the sport of Sǎndǎ is overseen by National Sporting Organization, Wushu Canada, which has Provincial arms in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia.