12 Facts About Savate


Savate, known as boxe francaise, savate boxing, French boxing or French footfighting, is a French kickboxing combat sport that uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of English boxing with graceful kicking techniques.

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Savate was then a type of street fighting common in Paris and northern France.

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Savate was the first to see savate as both a sport and self-defense system.

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Savate was developed professionally by Lecour's student Joseph Charlemont and then his son Charles Charlemont.

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Savate won the match with a round-kick in the eighth round although the English said that it was a kick to the groin.

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Savate was later codified under a Committee National de Boxe Francaise under Charles Charlemont's student Count Pierre Baruzy .

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The International Savate Federation is the official worldwide ruling body of savate.

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Bruce Lee studied Savate and included many techniques to his own Jeet Kune Do style.

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Savate uses glove colours to indicate a fighter's level of proficiency .

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In 1988 the US Registry of Savate was created on the east coast which became the American Registry of Savate Instructors and Clubs in 1994 .

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Meanwhile, on the west coast Savate clubs were spurring from the California Association of Savate.

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Savate did not begin as a sport, but as a form of self-defence and fought on the streets of Paris and Marseille.

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