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Savate (pronounced with a ‘th’ instead of a ‘te’) refers to the well-known French style kickboxing where instructor Nicholas Saignac will enlighten us with the great the history and development of the afro-mentioned sport.

The interview begins with Mick Tully exclaiming how excited he was to finally meet the legendary Nicholas Saignac. The instructor has been with the development of Savate since its early days and his insight on the sport will shed some light the mystery game. Savate started around the 18th century. The style involved moves taken from street fights and choreographed to meet the graces of fighting sports and self-defense techniques.

As the years went by, the foot fighting technique gained more popularity and was soon being taught to others in a rather systematic way. Charles Lecour took it from the streets and his student Joseph Charlemont and his son Charles Charlemont refined it and began to teach it on a professional level. The rules were created and Savate or ‘French Kickboxing’ was born.

Tully narrates how Savate went on to become a point fighting sport with the moves and techniques that best suit the theme of the game itself. Savate was popular for its shots with great timing, superior efficiency and pinpoint precision. The question that ponders asks about the apparent unawareness of the game among fighting sports lovers.

Professor Saignac mentions the name of Jon Gruden who was responsible for the early awareness of Savate in America. Although the popularity wasn’t there the game was gradually gaining popularity in neighboring England. After this, the professor goes on the explain his own experience with the game as a child and how he incorporated his sentiments into Savate. At 12-13 years of age, influenced by Bruce Lee, Saignac began training karate under his cousin. There was a really popular French show that aired during his time which talked about a French army unit that fought during World War I, and their fighting style was responsible for influencing Nicholas Saignac and pushing him down the path of French Kickboxing.

The interview takes a more in-depth turn when Professor Saignac starts explaining how after taking up Savate, his life completely changed. He talks about his more than 40 years of Savate fighting and training career, the friends he has made over time and how he truly enjoys Savate right to his heart.

The 25-minute long interview is a walk down the memory lane of the history of Savat, an is an absolute must-watch for any French Kickboxing fans who haven’t watched it already. Regarding the people who are unaware of it, the rich developmental history will surely shed some light on the sport and will grant them a better understanding and appreciation of the game.




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