savate


savate
/seuh vat"/, n.
a sport resembling boxing but permitting blows to be delivered with the feet as well as the hands.
[1860-65; < F: lit., old shoe. See SABOT]

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      (Middle French: “old shoe”), French sport of fighting by kicking, practiced until the first half of the 19th century. It occurred mainly among the lower orders of Parisian society. When savate died out, its more skillful elements were combined with those of English bare-knuckle pugilism to produce la boxe française. The name savate continued to be used to describe any form of fighting in which the use of the feet was permitted. Two classic blows were a back heel aimed at the stomach and a double mule kick in the face delivered from a handstand position.

      The pioneer of la boxe française, or modern savate, was Charles Lecour, who opened a school in Paris in the 19th century. Lecour developed a form in which both punching and kicking were used. The sport became popular for a time, and public exhibitions were staged, but enthusiasm for it waned in the 20th century.

      In Thailand, a form of boxing with the feet is an indigenous sport and is more popular than boxing with the fists. Thai kick boxing is very similar to savate. The sport is taught to boys at monasteries, and competitions are held regularly.

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