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If you'll indulge some idle curiosity...


Besides the obvious difference of shoes, are there meaningful rule differences between Savate and more popular styles of kickboxing?

Has Savate every really gained popularity outside of France? If not, why not?

What's your candid opinion of the sport?
 
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Well for the U.K, the in thing has been boxing, at least in the early 1900's. That and the culture for that period painted kicking in a dark light as well as obvious French and English competitiveness. :p

As for my views. it probably varies slightly compared to other kick boxing styles.
 

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A kicks a kick and a punch is a punch at the end of the day no matter what label you give it. To me that video looked no different to regular kickboxing
 

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I like Savate, especially the footwork and angling. Theres a distinctive flavor to the movement of Savate, such that I can easily tell a Savate fighter from a Muay Thai or Karate fighter.
 

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I've always been interested in Savate and the other Marseillaise system that i can never remember the name of. I have a small book about it somewhere, but have never talked with or had any instruction in it from someone with a proper background.

The way that they use their bodies to generate the inertia is distinct from Asian systems that I have studied or had more direct exposure to and I can see that in this video. Sport kickboxing is to a large degree, sport kickboxing. Aside from potentially some competition rules differences someone from a Thai or Korean training background couldn't use their training to compete. But, the sport is not necessarily the system. I would be thrilled if it turned out that we had a legitimate Savate practitioner here who could enlighten us a bit on the style and how they train.
 

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If you'll indulge some idle curiosity...


Besides the obvious difference of shoes, are there meaningful rule differences between Savate and more popular styles of kickboxing?

Has Savate every really gained popularity outside of France? If not, why not?

What's your candid opinion of the sport?
I think the big difference is the way they kick; Different biomechanics. Clearly distinct from any other style. More punching than Tae Kwon Do (and American Kickboxing?). Nicer kicks, to the expectator, than jap/k1 kickboxing.

The use of toes (I mean shoes) gives some extra range, safety to the feet, and would translate very well to a self defence scenario.

Why not more popular? Other than boxing and recently MMA, its quite normal a combat sport not being popular outside a niche market, I think.

I should have took the chance to train it while in France. I like it. Looks fun to train and spar. The issue was the suits they needed to use, really. :D Should they be using the ones on the video and they would have gain a customer. :)
 
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I do love their kicks. Crisp and a ton of variety.

Yeah, the more traditional full body spandex that some savateurs wear are just not very flattering on anybody.

(Still, better than a wrestling singlet)
 

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Savate talk...how cool is this? I've trained with a few Savate guys at seminars. Their kicks were brutal. Their entire mindset was to destroy the opponents legs with each kick, and they trained that way (unlike the dojo control that most of us train with). It was cool to watch and train in but I felt bad for the uke.
 

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I have been a savate practitioner since I was young.
I also practice thai boxing and kick boxing.
And what I could see as difference, savate has a more graceful style than other boxing styles. I think it comes from the fact that savate comes from fencing.
In addition savate is a boxing style in which travel must be fast unlike Thai boxing.
There is also another difference the wearing of the shoe is allowed. The fact of hitting with a shoe is that in savate the boxer will try to hit with the tip of his shoe.It is a formidable weapon. The training in French boxing is very focused on using the tip of the shoe to hit his opponent. This shoe tip must be used as a sword in fencing.
 

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Sav excels in footwork and lighting fast high kicks
It would be very hard to pick up in your 30s due to lack of flexibility
This excellent system is best to start young
 

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I think the big difference is the way they kick; Different biomechanics. Clearly distinct from any other style. More punching than Tae Kwon Do (and American Kickboxing?). Nicer kicks, to the expectator, than jap/k1 kickboxing.

The use of toes (I mean shoes) gives some extra range, safety to the feet, and would translate very well to a self defence scenario.

Why not more popular? Other than boxing and recently MMA, its quite normal a combat sport not being popular outside a niche market, I think.

I should have took the chance to train it while in France. I like it. Looks fun to train and spar. The issue was the suits they needed to use, really. :D Should they be using the ones on the video and they would have gain a customer. :)

It looks very good
The French love kick boxing and judo

In the usa: kickboxing has never been popular
 

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It would be very hard to pick up in your 30s due to lack of flexibility

Why are you so obsessed with age being a limiting factor?

Again, me, no history of sports (especially MA) - doing head kicks after starting tkd being nearly 40.

Seriously, if you let yourself go to the extent all your joints locked up before you hit 30 then that's on you - doesn't mean you have any basis whatsoever for painting everyone else with the same brush and saying it can't be done.


In the usa: kickboxing has never been popular

Source?
 

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Why are you so obsessed with age being a limiting factor?

Again, me, no history of sports (especially MA) - doing head kicks after starting tkd being nearly 40.

Seriously, if you let yourself go to the extent all your joints locked up before you hit 30 then that's on you - doesn't mean you have any basis whatsoever for painting everyone else with the same brush and saying it can't be done.




Source?

Much for effective to drop elbows, punches and hammer fists then toss in leg kicks. The high kicks many adults dont have the range to perform.
 

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It looks very good
The French love kick boxing and judo

In the usa: kickboxing has never been popular
Kickboxing (mostly PKA) was Very popular in the 70's, 80's, & 90's in the southern and eastern states. It has largely morphed into UFC but does still exist at large.
 

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Kickboxing (mostly PKA) was Very popular in the 70's, 80's, & 90's in the southern and eastern states. It has largely morphed into UFC but does still exist at large.

I think head kicks are superb tool. I just cant do it.
Funny that because I am tall and skinny people think I can easily head kick but I cannot.
I just dont like stretching and I feel I may tear something in my legs or groin.

I personally find kickboxing super fun to watch when they start doing this axe kicks and spinning heel kicks. Its a grand feat of coordination
 

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I just dont like stretching and I feel I may tear something in my legs or groin

And here really is the issue.

You can't be bothered and you're paranoid about injury.

Thing is, not everyone is you or has your exceedingly negative attitude regarding themselves.
 

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you can find 100 male outside and maybe 1 can do a high kick of any speed or power

Sure, maybe, with no practice or training.

But after a couple of months, at least 75% of the ones who apply themselves will be able to perform a reasonable high kick. And then they'll continue to improve in terms of accuracy and technique with further practice.


Seriously, you need to stop forcing your low personal standards and expectations on everyone else.

It's possible that you are actually truly physically incapable of doing these sort of things, but I doubt it.

I have a suspicion that the real case is that you tried it once, found it a bit hard and gave up - then decided it must be your age and everyone except gifted athletes are the same.

Problem is, you're wrong and quite honestly more than a bit pathetic.

Here's a list of what you need to do:

Stop whining and moaning that it's everyone else's fault.

Shut up.

Train at your level (which means a challenge for you, but within capability).

Keep training.

Train some more.

Only go to advanced classes when you're advanced.

Maybe see a therapist about your low opinion of yourself.
 

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you can find 100 male outside and maybe 1 can do a high kick of any speed or power
That is probably not far off, but it still does not mitigate the fact that you (me, everyone)need to work on stretching as part of your exercise routine.
How conscious are you about getting really warmed up before you start stretching, especially statically? This is Very important and will help you tremendously.
 

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