Friday, January 19, 2007

On Savate -'s brief history of the sport and art of Savate. Enjoy.

Brief History

Originally looked down upon, and thought of as an art of hoodlums and common thieves, savate, "French foot fighting," was mixed with English boxing to become boxe Francaise savate, the chosen art of the gentlemen and scholars. Boxe Francaise savate became highly developed and wide spread until the start of the First World War. As a result of the large number of casualties inflicted by the war, many of the top savateurs were killed, and the art, too, almost met with extinction. Thanks to the effort and dedication of one of the remaining savateurs, Count Pierre Baruzy, who is credited with the rebirth of boxe Francaise savate, this art is once again blossoming in France and much of Europe, and to a lesser extent the United States. In fact, there are discussions on the table about boxe Francaise savate become an Olympic demonstration sport.

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Via Le Blog's post on Daniel Duby. George also reminded me of the many references to Savate in Bruce Lee's amazing "Tao of Jeet Kune Do."

1 comment:

George said...

Always happy to get a mention of Savate on TDA Training!