Thread: Old Savate footage
6/28/2006 4:45am, #11
It's a holdover from classical savate, done to counter-balance the thrust or snap of the kicking leg. A lot of savate movement theory borrowed from classical fencing, which similarly employed a counter-thrust with the free hand and arm when thrusting on the lunge.
6/30/2006 5:05am, #12
Or some theories say its related to ballet. Itīs not used anymore, except maybe in Australia, Bridgemanīs group. Of course there might be more die hard traditionalists, but I prefer protecting my head.