Savate


Savate (Sa-vat), means old shoe, (a.k.a. 'Boxe Francaise') is a French martial art that is based on kicking techniques that some say are similar to Tae Kwon Do and Karate. It includes punching techniques from English Bar Knuckle Boxing and stick fighting techniques from French Rapier Fighting. Originally it was all kicking, but in 1830 the top Savate student, Charles Lecour, lost a fight to an English bare-knuckle boxer. Charles realized then that Savate is at a big disadvantage in a close range fight with a pugilist, so he studied the English Boxing for the next couple of years and incorporated it into Savate. It is still based on kicks, but strikes are available. They mostly aim for the ankle, shin and knee and they will use just about any part of the foot in an attack. They feel that groin and abdomen are too high for the most part. It wasn't until the 18th century they had any high kicks at all in there.