Savate , also known as boxe française, savate boxing, French boxing or French foot fighting, is a French combat sport that uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of English boxing with graceful kicking techniques Only foot kicks are allowed, unlike some systems such as “ Muay Thaiwhich” allow the use of the knees or shins. Savate is a French word for "old shoe or boot". Savate fighters wear specially designed boots. A male practitioner of savate is called a tireur while a female is called a tireuse
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Only four kind of kicks and four kind of punches are allowed in French boxing, with straight blows, hooks and uppercuts being the main techniques. Kicks are allowed, but shin and knee strike not, except in the variant called chause fight where shins are permitted The length of the match ranges from four round of 1 Â½ minutes each ,with a 1miniute break between each round, to five rounds of 2 minutes each ,with a 1 minute break between each round.