in post Napoleonic France, savate is the only martial art native
to Europe that still exists in sport and combative forms. By
the beginning of teh 19th century residents of Paris fought
with their feet intstead fists, and this kick-fighting was popularly
called savate. In 1824, a man named Michal Causseuse wrote a
pamphlet on savate that caught the attention of high society.
Overnight he became the sought after master of self-defense.
By the turn of the 19th century, savatuers throughout France
began to pass on there art to the rest of the world. During
the World War I and World War II, thousands of savaters were
killed and the art's existance was threatened. In 1945, Count
Pierre Baruzy, and eleven-time French national champion, attempted
to revive savate. By the mid 1960's there were enough savate
schools to ensure the art would live on.