Tsoi Li Ho Fut Hung San Soo was not created or taught as a tournament sport. The basic premise of San Soo is that there are no rules in a fight, so the style incorporates techniques to remove a threat as quickly as possible through the seizing the initiative and using a free-flowing variety of throws, joint breaks, strikes, and pressure points to exploit an adversary's natural reactions. Like many martial arts, San Soo claims it can be used by smaller or weaker persons against larger or stronger assailants as it does not rely on brute force.
San Soo Kung Fu does not attempt to emulate the motions of animals. Techniques are made up of Chi Na leverages, Throwing, Choking, Joint-locking, Strangling, Da, or strikes, and quick Takedowns. Targets include the eyes, nose, throat, base of the skull, neck, liver, spleen, kidneys, groin, and knees, and for this reason, most San Soo practitioners do not spar or engage in full contact fighting, preferring to practice the techniques in unrehearsed 'freestyle workout' sessions with carefully controlled contact. San Soo practitoners find that this method of training builds an automatic and flexible response in much the same way we learn language a few words at a time until we have full and versatile vocabularies.