China-Russia Free Combat Match Kicks off in Changsha

China-Russia Free Combat Match, the last international martial arts (Wushu) competition held in China in 2012, was kicked off in Changsha, Hunan on the evening of December 22. Chinese team made a clean sweep in seven duels and was crowned “The King of Kungfu”. (Free Combat: Sanda in Chinese, similar to Kickboxing or Muay Thai, but including many more grappling techniques)

Hosted by the Wushu Sports Administrative Center of State General Administration of Sports and undertook by the Hunan Provincial Sports Bureau, the match applied the newest international competition rules for Wushu free combat and was conducted on the international standard boxing ring. The competitors were all professional and outstanding. Chinese players were selected form the national team, including such famous players as Zhang Kaiyin, Bai Jinbin and Wang Fangkun. Russian players were masters chosen by Russian Wushu Free Combat Association and were all titled as Russian champions of free combat. This match should be the highest level of competition in China-Russia free combat.

The most attractive contest was the one between Zhang Kaiyin from China and Zakharov Valeri from Russia at 75 kilograms level. Being in the driving seat at the beginning, Zhang Kaiyin finally won a landslide victory. This was Zhang Kaiyin’s another international competition after he knocked out Thiland King of Boxer Lamsongkram in China-Thailand Boxing Duel Meet in 2009.

Wang Rong

Leave a Reply