The real problem with Savate is that their are two forms
The first is : La Boxe Française Savate
The second is : Savate Défense.
La Boxe Française Savate is the competition form and looks like better TKD with shoes, Savate Défense is like the name says self-Defense and looks more like Muay Thai/Muay Boran with the only difference that the kicks are "chambered". Do a search for "Savate Défense" on youtube and you will find some really nice and effective techniques.
The problem why Savate doesn't pick up with people is that their are only few Savate schools around and that before you can train Savate Défense you have to go first thru the La Boxe Française syllibus ( rangs are yellow, blue,red, white and silver glove) and only when you got the silver gloves rank in LBFS you can start with SDé. While if you start training Muay Thai you go direct to level of SDé.
Oh yeah, by the way Savateurs whear shoes, but Savate is not limited to the shoes, when a Savateur fights bare-foots he kicks with the bal of his foot, the instep and the hiel just like karatekas do and do not forget the shin , they hurt as much as MT shins.
Originally Posted by ChickenBeakFist
I didn'n notice the kicks, because I was distracted by how amazingly French that was.
Bear in mind that the '30s savate footage is of an assaut (light contact, exhibition-style match) and that the 1899 boxing footage was a staged reconstruction, again, not a real match.
Originally Posted by nightowl
Hey, I reads what da' youtube sez. :XXsmoker:
Originally Posted by DdlR
(thanks for the clarification)