Imagine Team America fights with Team China — what would that be like? This Sino-America Police Sanshou Championship (中美警察自由搏击大赛) may offer us some answers. (Sanshou is a kind of hand-to-hand combat developed by the People’s Liberation Army in the 1960s. For more info, go here.) According to the website of The Ministry of Public Security of People’s Republic of China (in Chinese), this championship, organized byMinistry of Public Security and Public Security Office of Hunan Province, is divided into seven classifications, two of which are for ass-kicking females.
The participants, according to the report, are all active police officers. The Chinese participants are selected from the armed police, special police and riot police, and many of them have won championships in national Sanda tournaments (Sanda and Sanshou are pretty much the same thing). This Chinese report in Global Times says most Chinese police learned Shaolin style kungfu, while the American police are said to have an FBI fighting style: simple, quick and effective. Our money is on the Shaolin guys — when is the last time you saw an FBI agent fly through the air?
You can also access the Sohu forum (in Chinese) here to cast your vote to support Team China or Team America. There is a heated debate over there regarding which style would be more effective, boxing or Chinese kungfu, but so far seems China supporters overpowered American, with a score of 21,846 votes against 7,717 votes (but what do you expect from a Chinese-language forum in China?).
We don’t have much to add to the debate –our knowledge of Chinese kungfu is limited to a few classic martial arts stories — but we do want to watch the competition live on TV. And we’re hoping we can. The story said the event will be televised, but we’re not sure when exactly or on what channel. We’ll post that info when we get it (and if any of your know, please post it in a comment!).
Sino-America Police Sanshou Championship will be held from August 26-29 at Helong Stadium in Changsha.