Human Weapon

Season 1 Episode 4

Savate Streetfighting

Aired Unknown Aug 10, 2007 on The History Channel
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Jason and Bill travel to France to learn the ancient art of Savate, the official hand-to-hand combat technique of the French police. After exploring a castle from the 14th century, and causing an uproar when they interrupt a special training session, one of the guys will go it alone in a ring with a Savate champion.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Goof: Where is the Liver?

        In the third Computer Model Demonstration (CMD), the attacking model kicks with his right leg and connects to the left side of the opponents body. A caption underneath that says "Strike to the liver". However in the fifth CMD, the attacker kicks with his left leg to the right side of the body where a caption reads "Strike 2 to the liver".

        So where is the liver? The liver is on the right side of the body underneath the ribcage.

    • QUOTES (20)

      • Bill Duff: Well you know what, I'm pretty happy with a tie in a sport that I've only been doing for a week against a French champion. This has been a great experience for me, Savate has opened up new doors and windows to my striking ability and I can't wait to see what I can do in the future.

      • Bill Duff: (after his Savate fight) I'll tell you what that guy was tough, what a human weapon. He put together 3 rounds of hell for me. I've got a new respect for Savate, what he through at me out there. The distance is so different from a fight, from a street fight, from a boxing fight, it's so much farther away.

      • Gilles Le Duigou: (referring to one of his older fights) When, against the Japanese fighter, my two arms was broken, it was impossible in my head to imagine a defeat. I changed completely my strategy to move more and more and more. Quick, quick, quick were my kicks. No punches. I was winner. Like in life, I don't like defeat.

      • Jason Chambers: (referring to his trainer Gilles) What I really like about Gilles is that you can tell, not only is he a great competitor, but he is a great coach. He knows how to push you, motivate you, and keep you going and focused at the same time. That's really going to come through in the ring.

      • Bill Duff: Gilles is really putting this together for me. I mean it doesn't matter how many kicks and punches you know, unless you when to throw them and the distance your at, it means nothing. Look your man in the eye, attack em and then see if you hurt them, thats what Gilles has taught me.

      • Bill Duff: I found out I have to move a lot more in Savate fighting, if I don't I'm going to get kicked in the leg a thousand times. Now I've got to go out, do some bikes, do some running, who knows what else and train harder, because there's a real Savate fight coming up.

      • Jerome Huon: (instructing Bill) Show me a maximum of variety, low, middle, and high. If you always attack with the same thing first thing he's going take in, second time, ok maybe, but after that he knows you.

      • Jason Chambers: (referring to the Savate move called the Directe Fouette Directe) Leading with the near arm the first jab travels the shortest distance to the opponent, so what it lacks in force it makes up for in speed. The second punch utilizes both the twist of the shoulders and the forward momentum of the kick which can carry up to four times as much impact.

      • Bill Duff: (describing the Savate back leg sweep) This move uses the same principle as a throw in Judo, off balancing your opponent and then using his momentum to send him down. But it's much more aggressive, the sweep here is actually a strike to one of the sensitive areas of the body, the Achilles tendon.

      • Bill Duff: Since World War I, Savate has been an integral part of military and police training. It's a tradition that is proudly carried on today by France's elite special forces team, Raid.

      • Jason Chambers: Using the jab it's a great measuring tool, it keeps distance, its good defensive, a good offensive tool. But using that to set up the liver kick and using the point of the boot, man that really puts together a lethal combination.

      • Bill Duff: (referring to the Savate move called Pointe Au Foie) It's aimed at the largest gland in the body, the liver. A direct hit won't just bring an opponent down, it can rupture the gland, causing severe internal bleeding. But the liver is well protected by the rib cage so the kick must be accurate to within half an inch.

      • Jason Chambers: (explaining why some Savate fighters practice with canes) In an effort to reduce public dueling and street crime in 1872 the French government ban men from wearing swords and firearms in public. But they didn't say anything about canes. Not only were they fashionable, in well trained hands like Yonnel's, they could be deadly.

      • Bill Duff: (after learning the Savate kick Chasse Bas) Learning this kick is great for me, using this piston action I think with my power I'll be able to shove this guy almost out of the ring. And once I get him off balance, I can just land a couple rights and that's it.

      • Bill Duff (referring to the Savate move called Chasse Bas) In this move the forward propulsion of the hips, combined with the piston motion of the leg can send well over 700 pounds of force directly through the rigid bone of the heel.
        Jason Chambers: This impact won't just knock an opponent down, the force is enough to permanently damage his knee cap.

      • Bill Duff: (referring to the Savate kick called Fouette) This round house kick is designed for maximum impact. With the powerful muscles of the thigh yanking the tendon over the knee, the foot accelerates from 0 to 21 miles per hour in just one-third of a second. Combine that with the reinforced shoe and this kick can drive the nose bone back up into the brain.

      • Jason Chambers: To help us develop our balance, Beret had us train just like the 18th century sailors did. He hung a 10 pound bag of rice over the mast. As we soon learned it is the accuracy of the strikes, not just the power, that matters.

      • Bill Duff: The word Savate translates literally as old shoe. And today it is the only competitive kickboxing sport in the world where contestants wear boots. There similar to wrestling shoes, but with reinforced toes and heels... that has got to hurt.

      • Jason Chambers: You'll notice in Savate they throw about as many punches as they do kicks, which is different because in American kickboxing usually you will start with your hands and finish with a kick. Here if they throw 20-30 punches in a round, they'll throw in at least 20-30 kicks in that round.

      • Jason Chambers: Think of the toughest country in the world and you probably don't think of France. But France has a bloody history, revolution, Nazi occupation, and brutal urban rioting that continues to this day. Out of this violence and anarchy has sprung a vicious martial art, Savate.

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