This article is from the Martial Arts FAQ, by Matthew Weigel firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
(Contributor: Tobias Ratschiller - tRatschiller@pass.dnet.it)
Intro: A native French kicking style.
It was developed in the last century, and its origins and
relationships, if any, to other Martial Arts are unclear. There are
stories about French sailors picking up techniques in Eastern ports,
bringing them home and integrating them with local foot fighting and
"French Boxing-Savate" was founded in 1970 in France. It consists
mainly of precise striking with the hands and low foot-striking and
appropriate defense-techniques. The hand-techniques are similar to
boxing. Special attention is paid to develop elegant and soft
It primarily encompasses kicking techniques somewhat similar to Tae
Kwon Do or Karate. It includes punching techiques from Western Boxing
and stick fighting techniques based on French rapier fighting. It is
very stylized and more extended than most Eastern kicking arts.
Three different forms are taught:
- Assaut: technical fighting, the opponent must not (or nearly not)
- Combat Technique: fighting with semi-contact
- Combat Total: full-contact fight with KO allowed.
Usually together with Savate is taught "La Canne", a mostly defensive
art using wooden sticks."