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A Generation Identitaire savate (?) gym in Lyon:

In the summer, they take the fun outside:

Camp identitaire en Bretagne, en avant les Chouans !

Toujours plus nombreux, toujours plus formés, toujours plus motivés, voilà ce qui peut être dit à propos des participants du camp identitaire qui s'est achevé ...


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BobJuly 26, 2017 3:22 AM UTC

This guy has some good points about the low shin kick from the Savate portfolio. The other thing to mention is that it doesn't require athletic virtuosity or flexibility to work.
BobJuly 26, 2017 3:10 AM UTC

Here's a good example of a typical Savate low kick. First, the hands are thrown up to distract, then the blow is delivered low to the tibia. (Shoes, of course, in real life).
PRJuly 26, 2017 1:57 AM UTC

this is basically muay thai. You see a lot of videos of guys kicking pads high because it's hard to hold the pads low and you can get kicked in the face and ktfo.

A lot of these guys need to put on muscle/gain weight.
ShepJuly 25, 2017 9:25 PM UTC

Bob—thanks for these posts! Very cool stuff!
BobJuly 24, 2017 11:41 PM UTC

OK, indulge me just once more!

Rough house on the dance floor, Apache-style. There's some fantastic (martial) athleticism on show here. Add chairs, knives and bottles and you've got a well-choreographed saloon-brawl ending.
BobJuly 24, 2017 11:28 PM UTC

Clinches, bear-hugs, grapplings, face-wipe, what's not love about this dancing?
BobJuly 24, 2017 11:10 PM UTC

Note also that the street gangs developed a dance routine that effectively trained for assaults (à la BJJ?). In the dance form, you see a benign template for what could be a lethal choking, strangling, unbalancing attack in the street. Kindly observe the man's manhandling:
BobJuly 24, 2017 10:53 PM UTC

You don't need French to appreciate the drawings in the piece below. Note also that women formed integral part of these dirty-fighting street gangs. ("Apaches en Jupons", Apaches in dresses)
BobJuly 24, 2017 10:39 PM UTC

It's great you posted on Savate, which originated as a practical defense system against urban thuggery, rampant in Belle Époque Paris. Low, not high, kicks, due to their greater reliability and minimal telegraphing (faster flicking action from the knee, not hip). The hard boot edge or point does the work of inflicting intense, debilitating pain.

“Don’t forget that the foot with a shoe is a strong weapon, but it must strike sensitive areas in order to immediately end a fight. A violent kick thrown without precision will have less effect than a much lighter kick delivered at the right spot. In the real world there is no point to simply hurt your opponent , if he is dangerous this would only upset him and multiply his anger and strength, we must, I insist, end the fight immediately”.