“I have some acquaintance with the savate,” he said suavely.
savate, boxing and kicking; canne, cane (fencing expression).
Max had not expected the savate from an Englishman, and he was very glad of the warning.
Then his right foot rose, in the famous and deadly blow of the savate.
It is a development of the old sport of savate, in which the feet, and not the hands, were used in attack.
It was with the Revolution that the rapier went out, and the savate came in.
Indeed, if the object of boxing be to use all means of offence and defence, the savate is indispensable.
Luckily for the Englishman he had clutched Dubois before the latter could attempt any of the expedients of the savate.
Oh, the Baron was showing me how they do 'savate,' that kind of boxing with their feet, don'cher know!
He gives lessons just as readily in dancing, fencing, sparring, and savate.