The Origins of Savate
Savate, or Boxe Francaise as coined by Charoles Lecour in 1838, is the official martial arts of France. Its past can be traced to street fighting and self-defense now matches are held in a ring similar to boxing. Although the techniques used in Savate may seem similar to other martial arts on a closer examination many boxing and kicking styles in this discipline have their own unique variations.
The fighters wear gloves similar to boxing gloves, but with longer cuffs for better protection against the kicks landing on the forearms (parade en protection). Present day costume consists of a spandex suit, for complete freedom of movement, and specially constructed shoes with hard toe-capes. A kick from one of these shoes can break a rib, or crack an arm.
Vital to a savateur, ‘les Gants’ or savate gloves are ideally 14 ounces, never lower than 12 and can increase depending on the weight of the savateur.
The clothing are body fitted athletic wear. For training they can be shorts, or Combat Training Pant Tights. For the Top T-shirts are fine as long as they are not lose and form fitting. For your hands it is recommend to wear hand wraps.
Vital Safety pieces
Savate has a specific type of footwear, wrestling shoes or Savate boots.
What to looks for in a shoe
Savate has a ranking system similar to Karate, except there is no belt. Instead, Savateurs are ranked by a colored glove ranking system called simply ‘gants’, French for gloves. Every glove color has a specific theme.
The ‘gant d’argent’ (silver) ‘premier’ (first), ‘deuxieme’ (second), and ‘troisieme’ (third) degree technique is the highest non-competitive grade.
A competition ranking is also established as ‘gant de bronze’, and ‘gant d’argent’ ‘premier’, ‘deuxieme’, and ‘troisieme’ degree.
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