Savate; France, c. 1910

 

La boxe française (or savate) was part of the French military's close-combat training

La boxe française (or savate) was part of the French military's close-combat training

There’s no indication at all that fire hydrants were part of the French army’s gymnastics apparatus…

Images from barrack life in the French military include fencing, savate, and wrestling (lutte) as parts of physical education. Here we see group instruction in kicking. Admirably, the hats stay on.

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