It’s always cool to see a style versus style whether it’s in a MMA match, or in this case a striking match. There are of course rules always placed within a sport or particular combat sports. But in this kickboxing match between a Savate fighter versus a Muay Thai fighter, you can clearly see how both fighters operate differently.
This match up took at the WMTF North American Title in Los Angeles, California on May 30th, 1997. In the video, the focus is on Savate-based fighter Michael Giordani who looks to have become a 2005 Savate Combat bronze medalist. When he is announced, you can already see how he’s a bouncy type of fighter. Just standing there in his corner, he’s full of energy.
Once the bell rings, you can see the Muay Thai fighter trying to put the pressure on Giordani. He’s in a squared stance trying to push Giordani back. But thanks to his footwork, Giordani moves laterally bouncing left and right. Leading with a left side kick, Giordani is quick with his offense. He begins to throw even more kicks and punches even though the Muay Thai fighter is trying to pressure him. After breaking off a clinch, he was quick enough to throw a spinning side kick. Off the bat we can see how much more dynamic Giordani is.
After throwing various kicks from low roundhouse kicks and sidekicks, he landed a right roundhouse kick that wobbled his opponent and knocked him down. When they went to engage once he got up from the ten-count, Giordani landed another vicious right roundhouse kick that knocked out his opponent.
Savate, also known as boxe française or French kickboxing is a French martial art that was developed in the early 19th century. The martial art had taken its name from the French language for "old shoe." It was developed from sailors who developed its style with high kicks and open-handed slaps while being able to hold onto something while a ship was rocking back and forth. See it in action in the video.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.