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San Joo, a Complete Fighting System

3 Sets of 5

Kung Fu San Soo is a complex martial arts system and has been called "Legendary" and "Devastating" by Inside Kung Fu Magazine. Complicated systems will contain convoluted, dispensable and superfluous mechanisms. Everything in a complex system, however thorough and meticulous, is functional and neccesary. While San Soo is complex it is not complicated. Broken down into constituent parts, San Soo becomes comprehendable, manageable and relevant to the Jew.

This is accomplished with 3 sets of five concepts.

3 sets of 5 concepts

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5 San Joo Concepts

Jews should learn to defend themselves and cultivate the intent to do so. In the past, it has been difficult, if not impossible for religious Jews to master a serious and traditional martial art. Maris ayin, avoda zora, and assimilation are valid concerns. San Joo accommodates the needs of the Jew with an innovative composite of Jewish values and traditional Kung Fu San Soo. San Joo retains San Soo's core fighting 5 family fighting component but provides it in a safe tznius environment. It's Kung Fu with a Jewish kick! The following 5 concepts are drawn from the 5 family styles to produce a framework Jewish thought and training.


Strengthen the body and mind internally and externally.

San Joo uses kung fu San Soo as a vessel of protection and as a vehicle to menchkiet. On an internal level, San Joo incorporates thematic material from the Mesillas Yesharim to draw upon principles and concepts that relates the training to living. I's external components combine aerobic and anaerobic exercise with impact conditioning to develop combat ready confidence. No one is too weak, to soft or to inflexible to train. All training is taylord to the individual and is adapted to specific strengths or limitations. In fact, this course is for the weakest among us! Don't we remeber what Amalek did to us in the midbar?


Cultivate self-defense response extremes

As the student develops effective in technique, the mind ponders the inevetable question: What if? What if someone really attacked me? What would I do? No two people will act the same. Can a martial artist freeze at that crucial moment? San Joo fighters develop an array of intent extrems that range from walking away to breaking a neck. Intent must not be left to whim or chance! A fighter must KNOW what to do. San Joo fighters drill intent as rigourlsly as every punch, kick or throw. You will harness every thought, bridal every whim, restrain every reaction. A hand will not twitch, an eylid flutter, one ounce of your weight will not shift but by your express will.


Perfect the underlying kinesiology to maximize effectiveness

A pianist can only become a virtuoso through mastering the technique. A great pedagogue said, "Practice does not make perfect! Perfect practice makes perfect!" The Mesillas Yesharim says, "I have written this work not to teach men what they do not know, but to remind them of what they already know and is very evident to them." This is one of those reminders. There are many who would throw off the yoke of forms, technique, or percision in kinesiology. Like the ox, that pulls with all its might regardless of the load, so does San Joo focus on mastery regardless of the stature of the exercise.


Exploit physiological pain responses for complete domination of attackerHow can a martial artist practice techniques effectively and realistically ranging from shouts to lethal blows? San Soo is a ancient fighting system that has developed key insights of the human bodies specific reactions to to every manner of inflicted pain. If a man is hit in the groin, we know what he will do, how he will move, where the target zones will close and where they will open. This aspect of San Joo makes it devestatingly effective and quick.


Develop confidence, humility, awareness, poise and ennoblement

The trained marial artist is the least likely to ever be in a physical confrontation. He has developed confidence and nobility. He has developed a keen sence of self and surroundings. He has learned tremendous respect for humanity, human life, and human suffering, knowing his skills and their potential. The dedicated and time hardened martial artist has over come many obsticals, all of them working effectively in him to be a well rounded, temperate, humble human being.

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5 San Soo Families

Each of these five families, Tsoi, Li, Ho, Fut and Hung mastered certain aspects of combat. To be mutually benificial they evenutually brought the families together to make a complete fighting system.

Tsoi Family

This family of San Soo emphasizes the art of striking. Tsoi-Ga includes punching, open hand strikes, elbows, kicks and knees. These techniques are direct and strive for immediate impact through power blows.

Li Family

The Li family focuses on leverage. Not reserved just for limb leveraging, the Li technique manipulates the opponents center of gravity in a variaty of situations.

Ho Family

The Ho family focuses on key attack zones of the human body. This would include strikes to organs, pressure points, soft tissue and muscles. Exploiting physical pain responses from these key zones is derived from this family.

Fut Family

The Fut family introduces philosophical base - the kavana - of Kung Fu San Soo. The Fut family technique to develop intent extremes that prepares the san Joo student for any encounter ranging from simply being bullied to life-threatening scenarios. In other words, the student is trained to know how to control and mange any self-defence situation with an economy of diplomacy and combat.

Hung Family

Hung focuses on the building of muscle, ligament and tendon that is conducive to speed generated power. Momentum and torque is generated from cunning footwork and hips rotation. The students whole body, therefore, is used to punch, kick and block. The Hung family also contributes body hardening and general conditioning.

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5 Fighting Ranges

It has been said that all fights quickly end up on the ground. But before it does, there is discernable 5-fold progression from the outside in.

Kicking Range

Before an attacker can get close enough to grab or punch, he must pass through the defender's kicking range. Kicking range is the circle around the defender that extends from hip to heal with the leg vertically extended. It is for this reason that kicking is the front line of defence

Punching Range

If the attacker makes it through kicking range, the next range is punching range. It extends the distance from shoulder to fist.

Trapping Range

Trapping range is the distance from shoulder to elbow. If the attacker gets within this range he has entered trapping range. Here is where elbows, knees and head-butts become your weapons.

Grappling Range

If your attacker gets beyond trapping range - within a fist's distance - he has entered grappling range. As the name suggests, it is from here that hip throws, bitting and eye gougening are weapons of choice.

Ground Technique

If the attacker manages to take you to the ground you must emply ground techniques. Anckle wrist locks, finger peels, figure-4 chokes and the like will be plentiful down here.

San Joo White Belt Seder

An abstraction of the San Joo framework

Week | 1-2 Week | 3-4 Week | 5-6 Week | 7-8 Week | 9-10 Week | 11-12 White Belt Siyyum
(Yellow Belt "Test")
W2 W2 Shoresh
W3 Zehirus
W4 Z'rizus
W5 Nekius
W6 Perishus
W7 Tahorah
W8 Chassidus
W9 Anavah
W10 Yiras Chet
W11 Kedushah
W12 Ruach Hakodesh
Personal realizations
MUSSAR W1 In life/fight Stance is crucial
W2 In life/fight intent is crucial
W3 Flee Slothfulness
W4 Pursue Greatness
W5 Clean Method
W6 Free of Burdens
W7 Clean Motive
W8 A Fighter Knows How | A Warrior Knows Why
W9 Ma Ani?
W10 Be Afraid, Very Afraid
W11 A Fighter Does | A Warrior Is
W12 Stop Looking and Pay Attention
Personal realizations
STANCES W1 Full Horse
W2 Front Horse
W3 Kicking (Cat) Stance
W4 Half Horse
W5 Cross Horse
W6 Full Horse
W7 Front Horse
W8 Cross Horse
W9 Kicking Stance
W10 Light Front Horse
W11 Fighting Stance
W12 Full Horse
Stance Sequence
KICKS W1 Top Kick
W2 Front Kick
W3 Stomp Kick
W4 Side Kick
W5 Round Kick
W6 Back Kick
W7 Inside | Outside Crescent Kick
W8 Outside | Inside Crescent Kick
W9 Stop Kick
W10 Hook
W11 Skip-In Front | Side
W12 Skip-In Round | Hook
Kick Sequence
HAND STRIKES W1 Strait | Lead Punch
W2 Hammer Fist
W3 Back Fist
W4 Ridge Hand
W5 Forearm
W6 Knife Hand
W7 Knife Hand
W8 Finger Jab
W9 Horizontal Palms
W10 Vertical Palms
W11 Four Knuckel Fist
W12 One Knuckle Punch
Hand Sequence
BLOCKS W1 Out Block
W2 Cross Block
W3 Rising Block
W4 Down Block
W5 Grabbing Block
W6 Parry & Cover
W7 Out Block
W8 Cross Block
W9 Rising Block
W10 Down Block
W11 Grabbing Block
W12 Parry & Cover
Block Sequence
FORM 1 MOVEMENTS W1 Salute (1-6)
W2 6 - 7
W3 8-9
W4 10 - 13
W5 14 - 15
W6 16 - 19
W7 20 - 21
W8 22 - 26
W9 1 - 26
W10 1 - 26
W11 1 - 26
W12 1 - 26
Form 1
TECHNIQUE W1 Against right punch
Right V-Step | Punch
W2 Against right punch
Right V-Step | Hammer Fist
W3 Against right punch
Left Back V-Step | Stomp
W4 Against right Kick
Side Kick
W5 Against right punch
Left Back V-Step | Round Kick
W6 Board Breaking
W7 Against right punch
Cross Stance Spin | Back Fist
W8 Against right punch
Right V-Step | Hip Leverage/td>
W9 Against left punch
Left V-Step | Knee Leverage
W10 Against lt to Rt Wrist grab
Cross Stance | Elbow to wrist
W11 Against rt to Rt Wrist grab
Cross Stance Spin | Elbow Leverage
W12 Board Breaking
Technique of choice
CONDITIONING W1 General Anaerobic | Begn. Breakfalling
W2 Upper Front Torso Anaerobic | Forearm Hardening
W3 Thighs Anaerobic | Forward Breakfalling/Rolling
W4 Mid Torso Anaerobic | Shoulder/Chest Hardening
W5 Hips Anaerobic | Leg Hardening
W6 Upper Rear Torso Anaerobic | Abdomen/Rib Hardening
W7 General Anaerobic | Int. Breakfalling/Sparring
W8 Upper Front Torso Anaerobic | Back Hardening
W9 Thighs Anaerobic | Forearm Hardening
W10 Mid Torso Anaerobic | Abdomen/Rib Hardening
W11 Hips Anaerobic | Adv. Breakfalling/Sparring
W12 General Anaerobic | Leg Hardening
Light Sparring (optional)