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Max is the winner of the 2007 World Wushu Championship - Sanshou Category. He's won 12 Gold Medals in push hands competitions, and in 2000 the U.S. Wushu-Kungfu Federation (USAWKF) named him "Sanshou Athlete of the Year". His full-contact bouts contain a wealth of techniques from Chinese San Shou and Muay Thai kickboxing, along with the takedowns and throws of Sanda and Mixed Martial Arts.

Max Chen's MMA and Push Hands Videos

Highlights of matches that combine kickboxing and takedowns From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

Maximillion Chen is one of the top Mixed Martial Arts competitors in the country, representing the USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He teaches Tai Chi and San Shou at the Tai Chi Chuan school of his father, Grandmaster William C. C. Chen.


Mixed Martial Arts Fight in Italy (2012)

Non-stop takedowns of a tough and aggressive opponent

Max Chen's catches kick

Lots of exciting action in this 3-round MMA contest between Max Chen, (white and black trunks) and his Italian opponent (gold and black trunks).

Winner by unanimous decision, Max demonstrates a full gamut of smoothly-executed takedowns against a strong, determined opponent. The relaxed, smooth style reflects Max's early years of Tai Chi training under his father, Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, followed by Muay Thai training in Thailand.

From: Max Chen (00:03:14 + 00:03:01 + 00:04:06)

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World Wushu Championship Fights

Hilight fights from the 2011 competition

At the 11th Wushu World Competition in Ankara, Turkey, Max Chen (red trunks) won the bronze medal. He wins the only medal for the USA in the kickboxing (sanda) events. This is the deciding bout, against Dubanevich Andrei (Belarus, black trunks).

Max Chen right jab lands         Max Chen side kick lands

From: Max Chen (00:05:21)

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Max Chen throws opponent

This is one of the preliminary bouts from the the 11th Wushu World Competition, between Max (black shirt) and the Malaysian contestant in the 70 kg category.

From: Max Chen (00:03:48)

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National Sanshou Team Trials

Sudden K. O. ends this fight (2007-09-08)

Max Chen's right jab lands

Max Chen (in red) wins his spot in the 9th World Wushu Championships in Beijing by spectacular knockout at the U.S. Sanshou Team Trials in Lubbock, Texas. While short and one-sided, this fight is a good showcase for Max's smooth, mix-it-up style.

From: Max Chen (00:01:41)

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Arnold Martial Arts Championship

Full-contact sanshou fight with some impressive takedowns (2001-03-04)

Max Chen kicks opponent

Max (in red) moved up a weight class to take on this middleweight opponent, Scott McClain (in black) at the 26th Annual Battle of Columbus in Ohio (at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival). Max's convincing win includes a spectacular flying scissor kick takedown around the neck.

From: Max Chen (00:06:12)

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World Push Hands Championships (2004)

Match 1 of Chung Hwa Tai Chi Chuan competition

Max Chen pushes opponent

Max Chen (yellow shirt) in his first match at the 2004 7th Chung Hwa Cup International Push-Hands Championship in Taipei Taiwan. Max easily wins this fixed-step push hands bout. (Under fixed-step rules, the first competitor to move his feet loses.)

From: Max Chen and Frank Pfeiffer (00:08:12)

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World Push Hands Championships (2004)

Match 2 of Chung Hwa Tai Chi Chuan competition

Max Chen throws opponent

Clip from Max Chen's (yellow shirt) second bout at the 2004 International Push Hands Championship. This moving-step bout shows a close match with a strong opponent. (In moving-step competition, the object is either to push the opponent out of "ring" or take the opponent down to the ground.)

From: Max Chen and Frank Pfeiffer (00:02:00)

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World Push Hands Championships (2004)

Match 3 of Chung Hwa Tai Chi Chuan competition

Max Chen pushes opponent

Max Chen (black shirt) wins this fixed-step push hands bout at the 2004 Push Hands Championship.

From: Max Chen and Frank Pfeiffer (00:14:08)

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Push Hands Training Camp Videos (2003 - 2004)

Max and Josh Waitzkin work on throws with Jan C. and Jan L. (2004-11)

Josh Waitzkin, Jan C. Childress, Max Chen, and Jan Lucanus work on push hands throws

Josh explains and demonstrates how to throw or takedown a push hands opponent. He and Max work with Jan C. Childress and Jan Lucanus to practice close-in maneuvering and effective throws, making for a good lesson.

From: Josh Waitzkin (00:03:02)

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Max, Josh Waitzkin and Jan C. Childress practicing push hands(2004-11)

Josh Waitzkin and Max Chen after push hands throw, with Jan C Childress watching

This is a moderately paced, round robin push hands with Josh, Max, and Jan C., showing lots of good moves and throws.

From: Josh Waitzkin (00:13:11)

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Max and Josh Waitzkin work on throws with Irving Yee (2004-11)

Max Chen and Irving Yee after push hands throw, with Josh Waitzkin watching

Irving Yee, a Tai Chi champion in the lightweight division, is the center of attention in this high energy video. He pushes hands with Calum Douglas-Reid, followed by Max, followed by Josh, ending with a session of repeated attacks and throws.

From: Josh Waitzkin (00:05:19)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Tai Chi with William & Max Chen

The relationship between Tai Chi, relaxation, mechanics, and fighting

William Chen boxing with Max Chen

Grandmaster William C. C. Chen, a senior disciple of Cheng Man Ching, explains and shows how the principles of Tai Chi Chuan apply to fighting. His son, Max, and daughter, Tiffany, both of whom are champion martial artists themselves, help Master Chen demonstrate boxing, kicking, and push hands.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:02:24)

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