Savate

Savate Mathilde Christel Mignier (FRA) vs Rimma Golubeva (RUS), Women’s Assaut -56kg Finals at the World Combat Games 2010. / Photo Source: World Combat Games

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
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Striking

ALSO KNOWN AS: French Boxing, French Footfighting, French Kickboxing
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ALSO KNOWN AS: French Boxing, French Footfighting, French Kickboxing
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Striking

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COUNTRY: France
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ALSO KNOWN AS: French Boxing, French Footfighting, French Kickboxing
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Practices

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Savate has a very tame and controlled nature to it. Although initially a form of street fighting, it has since shed much of the more violent aspects that were prominent in its origins. For instance, head butting and gouging are no longer permitted. Savate also has a Mixed Martial Arts aspect to it. Even though it had been practiced since the 1600s, it was only in the late nineteenth century that closed-fisted punching was allowed. This was after elements of British Boxing had been introduced. Before then, only open-handed strikes were allowed. Even with the closed punches, Savate remains one of the safest combat sports in the world. Savate is more focused on skill and technique than on being lethal.

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Rules / Rulesets

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Being an extremely safe form of fighting, Savate has a few rules in place to create a low margin of serious injuries. The first of which is that shoes and gloves must be worn. There are certain punches and kicks that are not allowed. For instance, kicks using the shins or knees are forbidden. The kicks that are permitted are roundhouses, kicks from the side, hook kicks and low kicks. Matches can last either four or five rounds. The length of the round can be either 1½ minutes or a full 2 minutes. There is a 1 minute break between rounds.

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There are many references of Savate in popular culture. In the X-Men series, the character Gambit uses Savate as his designated style of fighting. Continuing with theme of comic book characters, Batroc the Leaper regularly used Savate techniques in his altercations with Captain America. Among other forms of martial arts, Batman is known to have learned and mastered Savate. Following in Batman’s footsteps, Dick Grayson, the first Robin, became proficient in Savate as well as other forms of fighting. In the realm of video games, Vega from Street Fighter uses Savate. He incorporates a Savate style with Ninjutsu and bullfighting.

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  1. http://www.cama.org.uk/savate_net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=3
  2. http://www.blackbeltmag.com/daily/mixed-martial-arts-training/boxing/savate-from-the-back-alleys-of-france-to-the-martial-arts-world/
  3. http://www.fullcontactmartialarts.org/savate-french-boxing.html
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