Second group class back after six weeks off due to holidays and research in Spain. The first hour was me as the student learning sword in medium-range, a range I don’t like playing in. Slight improvement since I changed my grip on my training sword, and I have also been working on relaxing as IContinue reading “2 July 2022 Class Journal”
I have had many inquiries about training post-pandemic, so I thought it would be easiest to post my current class. I currently teach two separate arts; the first is Sera, a Pukulan Silat system. Our branch comes to us via Earnest (Ventje) De Vries and is currently more of a closed door, friends and familyContinue reading “KORA Class Update”
I spent quite a bit of time researching this from the 1980s, and it soon became apparent that nobody, including the French, knows for sure; most facts are at best an educated guesswork or from the spoken word of mouth. It’s clear there are regional variations and that people may choose to call their artContinue reading “What’s the real history of Savate?”
2021 Started with the group in lockdown in the UK, with several training trips to Amsterdam and Spain cancelled in early January. The only saving grace is some regular zoom classes with our teacher covering aspects of the Sera curriculum. Slowly as the year progressed, we restarted training on a one-to-one basis and then finallyContinue reading “2021 KORA Research Group Review”
R.I.P Salem Assli, a great ambassador for Savate and other arts. Taking note of what he had to say is one nice way of remembering him and his contribution to Savate and other arts.
The Romance Zone = Elbow Range.
Paulino Uzcudun, 1920s and 30s heavyweight known as “The Basque Woodchopper” as he used to enter traditional wood-chopping competitions in his native Regil, Spain. I learnt a little bit of Savate from that region, totally different outlook from the Paris crowd.
Savate offers many advantages and options to the martial artist, including control of range, timing, and unusual angles, contributing to its deceptive approach to combat. A key difference from other arts is how the boot or shoe is used in combat to supercharge techniques. I was a Muay Thai player from the early eighties, whichContinue reading “Tips for boot kickers”
In the mid-eighties, I had a French training partner, and in between Muay Thai classes, we used to work out privately together in a local French restaurant. We would clear away some tables, and we mostly worked on our Boxing and Muay Thai fight preparation. Fred was a great training partner, powerful and an excellentContinue reading “Basque Boot”