ever lasting question of what is Savate? Boxe Francaise? One is for the
street the other the ring?
Here is the answer that I used back in 2005 and has been manipulated to
serve the petty politics of idiots that assume and teach what is not theirs…
The following is going to sound harsh but it is what it is. Those that have
lived the story of the ever evolving arts of French pugilism understand and
those who proclaim what is not theirs will disagree. As I always say “how
can you teach something that you have never lived” ; Savate in its different
settings of fighting is life itself, one which is traveled by some and
enjoyed by many… Prof. Buitron
Savate in the world today is actually 95% Boxe Francaise: Savate a Sport!
Some of the Salles ( schools) have attempted to maintain the characteristics
of Savate or Boxe Francaise, while others have developed their own
uniqueness and styles for the ring.
After the merge of both the National Committee Savate Federation and The
Federation of Boxe Francaise in 1978. The French Federation of Boxe
Francaise Savate and Affiliated Studies, the style of Savate: Boxe Francaise
There (French Federation of Savate & Affiliated Studies) teaching in the mid
1980’s to the 1992 was with the concern of proving to the world that Savate:
Boxe Francaise was a pugilistic sport.
The control of the FEDE or French Federation of Savate & Affiliated Studies
as it is known was immense in the development of Savate: Boxe Francaise.
Bringing forth the sport to new and higher levels of training in my opinion,
it also brought down the traditions and the identities of the martial arts
of Savate and Boxe Francaise and its appendage disciplines of la Canne , et
Baton, Lutte Parissienne, panache and Zipota . To the point that several
generations of instructors have been taught that the connections of the
appendage disciplines ever existed.
Today in the World there are schools (salles), which I deem, belonging to
the following stylistic approaches?
o Savate: Boxe Francaise (1980-Present) : The technical abilities of
both Savate's major kicking arsenal and Boxe Francaise's Kicks were merged
into a definitive sport of combat. This style is very much present in
o Contemporary Savate (1990- Present): That accentuates the basic techniques
of Boxe Francaise Savate and the athletic aspects of the sport. That emerged
from the seminars given by the French Federation of Savate. Without having
ever walked into a salle or stable of Savateur’s. Care to the traditions of
Savate play little role with in this structure.
o Danse De Rue Savate (1994- Present): The codification of the
elements of Zipota, Boxe Francaise, Canne De Combat, Baton, Lutte
Parissienne, Panache and Saca Tripa. Developed by me in 1995 , my goals are
to maintain the fundamentals of traditional Savate as well as to create an
understand to the respect and preserve the traditions.
o Renaissance Savate (1997 - Present): Are the arts that have emerged
due to the codification of Danse De Rue Savate. In the past ten years
several have tired to emulate the feeling of Danse De Rue Savate with in two
of its disciplines. Example Canne and Lutte or Boxe Francaise and Lutte. To
produce the following arts: Boxe De Rue, Canne De Rue, Lutte de Rue and
o Savate Defense(1998 -Present): is the predominant the creation of
several entities after Michel la Roux came to Dallas Texas to see and train
in Danse De Rue Savate in 1998. six month later credit to the formation of
Savate Defense goes to Professeurs Michel la Roux, Eric Queque and Pierre
o Re-enacted Savate (2000 -Present): is the predominant teaching
methods from old books . Written from instructors who have past away decades
ago or centuries ago without leaving any heirs or students to continue
teaching in there favor. Thus the essence of the philosophy of that school
has been lost.
o Boxe De Rue (2001 -Present): Created by my Professeur Robert
Paturel to fit the French mentality of a stylistic approach to Danse De Rue
Savate. The name was given during an annual passage de grade in Laredo Texas
oChauss'Fight (2007): It is the new sport of savate to compete with
the ever losing of boxers(savateurs) of the French Federation of Savate. It
will consist of kicks with the tibia to draw boxers from the others
Pugilistic Federations of Full-Contact, Kickboxing and Tai Boxing to
transfer over to the French Federation of Savate. The new uniform will be
patalons/pants similar to kick boxing no top and shoes. Many do not
understand that the majority of the world champions of full-contact,
kickboxing and tai boxing were either European or French champions of
Remember that if you train with in any of the stylistic approaches. It is a
blessing since Savate needs to grow, and without growth it will merely die.
Contact us for further
International Guild of Danse de Rue Savate
220 Hillside Rd.
Laredo, Texas 78041