A martial art from China took center stage in Lubbock Saturday as more than 160 Sanshou fighters from all over the nation competed in the U.S. National Sanshou tournament.
This year marks the first time the United States will send junior-level athletes to compete in an international Sanshou competition. Brenna Sloan, a 15-year-old student at Lubbock-Cooper High School, is fighting to be one of the first U.S. junior-level athletes to compete at the world championship. Sloan has been training locally under national head coach, Ian Lee, for the past nine months.
Junior-level fighters will have the opportunity to compete for a spot to represent the U.S. at the Fourth Annual World Junior Wushu Championship in China this September.
Sanshou combines full-contact kickboxing, wrestling, takedowns - and even elbow and knee strikes.
Ian Lee, host of the National Sanshou Tournament said, "It's a freestyle combat in China. Especially, we use this martial art to train our military and special law enforcement."
Lee, a resident of Lubbock, brought the tournament to the Hub City. Lubbock Sports estimates the total economic impact for this event will be more than $100,000 for the Lubbock community.
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