Savate Self Defence.
As you know one of the differences between the road and the ring unless you’re on the beach is that you’re not wearing shoes.
So a first difference between, say, the UFC ttagon and your tamarri-filled street is that you or the one who attacks you is hardly barefoot.
On the streets, most people wear shoes.
The kind of SCARPE you wear can really change the game in a surprising way because it can almost be a self-defense weapon.
In self-defense you don’t have to train barefoot, your training has to be with your shoes because that’s how you’re likely to go out on the street.
In the same way, the attacker probably has shoes so you have to pay close attention to the type of shoe because it can be very dangerous.
See it as a knuckle-thrower because certain shoes have thick hardened tips reinforced up to deliberately insert as delinquents of South East Asia but also local where they insert protruding elements or cutters to create damage such as cutters, nails, etc.
You can well imagine the damage they can create.
The athletes of the Savate are experts in kicking with shoes, you got it right with shoes because in the ring do not go barefoot.
If you come from a Muay Thai or MMA background and have never sparring with a good SAVATE PLAYER, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.
I trained both MUAY THAI and SAVATE practitioners and saw how the defensive approach to the same shots changes if you have shoes or you are barefoot.
Defenses used against a KICK SHIN often don’t work so well against a KICK with SCARPA.
It is important to train with and without shoes so you know how it feels to rotate on the foot lay and kick with shoes, because it is very different.
In the streets, STIVALI, steel tip or otherwise, are dangerous weapons.
Surely you don’t want to be brought to the ground by someone and with a second attacker his friend who comes to kick you in the head.
Look at the shoes he’s wearing, but before I say hello, I want you to see this picture, I think you recognize someone.
Dan Inosanto has also studied Savate.
If you don’t have shoes, the techniques need to be re-adapted, as you can see in the UFC octagon, direct shots are fired at the knees.
One thing you need to consider is your conditioning because having used shoes since childhood your bone structure is not the same as those who have walked barefoot for months or years.
But to get back to the aspect of self-defense you need to know that thugs who expect to end up in “weird” situations or that going to break the boxes to people someone reacts some put blunt objects that protrude from the shoes on the tip and heel.
Or Filipinos but in general in Southeast Asia where the underworld has a habit of inserting cutters into the soles to create deep damage in the bones when they kick or cut ligaments to nip the mobility of the opponent.
Targets when you wear shoes can be different but by focusing on self-defense shots you can hit in different ways but I want to point out some important ones.
Front of the top:
- The genitals (attention that you don’t need a powerful but precise shot you have to take advantage of the speed).
- Knees – a precise blow can debilitate the ability to move and allows you to escape or hit an attacker who moves little. He pulls a dry blow to the kneecap.
- The shins – it is a very painful blow that allows you to have a margin of time to hit or run away.
- Place the heel on the shins and crush as if on the pedal to turn on a bike.
- On the neck of the foot to break.
- On your fingertips.
The choice of shots depends on the distance from the aggressor.
An important thing !!! DON’T LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO PULL BECAUSE YOU SEE.
If the attacker is behind you, heel shots to the shins and neck and toe are useful.
One assessment you need to make when you wear the shoe is that depending on the type of shoes you wear it can give you advantages and disadvantages based on features such as heel, sole, shape, etc.
So if you want a shoe suitable for self-defense you have to be careful about some features on choosing your shoe.
- The sole is not smooth and soft rubber
- The coated and hard tip
- Comfortable to move and take shots
- Solid in the foot
- With thick laces you could use them to tie an attacker (I’ll explain here how to tie an attacker while waiting for the police to arrive)
But choose a nice shoe !!!