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Savate – french boxing
Savate is an elegant combat sport
Savate boxe francaise is a combat sport. An elegant combat sport that originated in France, but it is now practised world-wide. In it's home country, France, there are currently more than 50000 licence holders, and many others who practise the sport in schools and private gyms.
In fact, Savate is a combination of English Boxing and French Foot-fighting. These traditional forms of skirmishing were commonly tested out in ports and docks around the English and French coasts. Eventually, the two forms of fighting were found to be complimentary, and were combined to form a more effective system of fighting.
These days, fights take place in a ring, or on mats, depending on the discipline.
There are several disciplines of Savate, these include:
Savate Assaut, Savate Combat, SavatePro, Savate Forme and Savate Defense. There are also some stick-fighting disciplines in this family of combat sports. The best known is Canne de Combat. Read on to discover more!
Assaut is probably the most popular discipline of Savate. It is a combat discipline that can be practised by men, women and children for leisure or for competition. The aim in Assaut is to touch the opponent without being touched by them. Accuracy, balance and good control are valued.
In the sporting disciplines of Savate, fighters can only use their hands and feet to strike. Fighters wear gloves, usually with a padded palm, to protect their jhands when striking or blocking. They also wear smooth-soled boots to protect the feet.
Potential competitors can participate without fear of injury or knock out, so it's a lot of fun!
The Federation Internationale de Savate (FISav) organises World Championships in Savate Assaut for cadets (aged under 18 years) and Seniors (aged over 18 years).
Savate Combat is for the fittest and toughest! In this discipline, fighters are permitted to hit hard, and to attempt to knock out their opponent. It's generally considered best to have a good level of experience in Assaut before beginning in Combat.
The Federation Internationale de Savate (FISav) organises World Championships in Savate Combat for junior men (aged 18 to 21 years), senior men (aged over 21 years) and senior women.
Savate on video
SavatePro is a discipline for elite fighters. Top athletes in Savate Combat are able to compete for SavatePro World titles and belts issued by the Federation Internationale de Savate (FISav) and Continental titles issued by the FISav Continental Federations.
French Boxing: Champion Techniques
A video/DVD for budding champions, showing some great combinations that worked well in competition for Kamel Chouaref, who held the greatest number of titles in French Boxing History.
Savate, the sport, originated from Savate, the self defense system. Two hundred years ago, top masters would teach French boxing, along with fencing and cane-fighting.
Savate defense includes a much wider range of techniques than those permitted in sport Savate. In the sport, you may only strike with the foot or glove. In Savate defense, you can use shins, knees, elbows and more.
Savate forme is a fun, energetic type of exercise, performed to music. It is popular with women, but men also participate. Classes are run for overall fitness and flexibility. Some clubs have put together teams who compete in Savate forme competitions. This is actually a great way to begin Savate - increasing your fitness and beginning to understand the various kicks and punches.
Canne de Combat
Canne de Combat was traditionally taught alongside Savate boxe francaise as a complementary self defence art. In the sport of Canne de Combat, fighters use a long chestnut cane to try to touch their partner, without being touched. At the elite level, it's a very dynamic athletic sport. It can also be played on a more recreational level for those of us who are a little older or less fit.
More About Savate and Canne
- Savate Boxe Francaise
Savate Boxe Francaise is a dynamic combat sport which combines kicking skills with elements of English boxing. It has a long history of around 200 years.
- French Cane-Fighting 101
Canne de Combat is a cane-fighting sport that originated in France from a form of self defense. It was a demonstration sport in the Paris Olympics in 1924.
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