Defence in Savate
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With the development of Savate Defense, we return to the source and even origin of Savate (Boxe Francaise). Contrary to the sport of Savate BF where the strikes are codified within a set of rules, original savate did not encompass any limitations on techniques. In order to survive a physical confrontation, efficiency and total brutality was the goal in order to incapacitate the aggressor and survive relatively intact. Projections, sweeps, eye gouging, groin strikes, and low line kicks were the essence of this reality based fighting system.
It is difficult to retrace the exact origins of savate and one cannot say with absolute conviction if it is a result of a mix of styles between Lutte Parisienne and Chausson Marseillais. We know that these styles were used and were written about in documents that proclaim its efficiency in a street fight, particularly the ones in the second half of the 18th century that relate to the exploits of a street fighter turned policeman, the legendary Franâ€¡ois Vidocq (1775-1857).
Many master savatiers taught the art of savate to people who are now historical figures. A great writer in French literature such as Thâ€šophile Gautier was the student of Louis Leboucher. Alexandre Dumas practiced with Master Charles Lecour. Leboucher and Lecour stayed very close to the origin in their teaching methods of savate defense integrating lethal strikes, projections and grappling holds. The era of Charlemont was to begin; he codified, popularized and pioneered savate boxe francaise so that it became a sport fighting system that incorporated only strikes and sweeps.
In 1994 Jean HouÃ¨l, president of F.F.B.F.S.D.A., and of the Comitâ€š Directeur FÃ©dÃ©ral, decided in the official creation of Savate-DÃ©fense. A discipline that was non sportive and reflected its true origins. The ingredients necessary were researched, studied, analyzed and tested in order to develop this modern method that was really from us, so that we can learn to defend ourselves.
Masters like Pierre Chagne, last surviving specialist of Lutte Parisienne, and Lucien Batigne were contributors to this modern development. Specialists like Eric Quâ€šquet, Patrick Appino, Jean-Michel Raymond, Ã‰ric Tiersonnier, Brice Vercelot, Christian Pieyre and Renâ€š Pala all helped in the rebirth of Savate-DÃ©fense. Special merit to Ã‰ric QuÃ©quet who did a majority of research within this domain, QuÃ©quet further developed and incorporated the psychological component which happens when aggression and stress are factored in a reality based situation. He puts it all into practice and incorporates this in his: Acadâ€šmie des Arts de Combat (ADAC)You might also like: