Legs up, Savateurs!

This is a BoxAerobics pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 7509)

This is my first contribution to this site. My name is Jacques and I live in Guadeloupe (a Caribbean island in the sun). I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to read from this forum and to use it to improve my teaching. The fashion of aerokickboxing is still very new in France and French West Indies. The tae bo has just arrived in the biggest fitness clubs. The national French Federation of Boxe francaise savate has recently created/recreated a certification of Savate Forme for the savate trainers interested in fitness. "Savate Forme" (aerobic savate) has been taught for more than 150 years. Of course, originally there wasn't then any music but instructors and students used to count out loud for the different moves.

Nowadays we do it with music. I use "Savate Forme" as an excellent complement to the sparring savate and I teach both together now. In my college club in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, I teach around 120 teenagers, boys and girls (25% of female savate boxers). Students practice both aerobic and sparring savate. There are different levels from absolute beginners to "gant d'argent technique 1" (our black belts). Around 20 to 30 people attend a course at the same time. The exercises make everybody happy because beginners will succeed (it is very simple) and experts can show off (See how easily I can high-kick ?). They all love this pattern as long as the music is loud: it's a perfect day, by perfect day with the repeat on.

I use a rap rhythm at 100/110 BPM. Only advance can work with proper forms at 130-135 keeping the purity of the kicks. Sweat and heat will be sure in this workout! Remember this combo is a warm up, done after a little minimal stretching, and use a slow beat. During the first repetitions, every kick is to the low line ; then after a while middle ; then high. Every one takes one's guard position and keep it. I do demonstrate in cueing every kick and move, even the side step. It brings every student in the course.

Drawing a cross-shaped figure (count 64)
During the exercise you will draw a huge cross-shape on the floor of the room, going left, then right, then backward, then forward. I begin from the center and I do two alternate kicks at the ends of each part of the cross-shape. Then, I come back to the center, I then repeat there the same two kicks. The kicks are different at every end of the cross. Every two kicks move starts by the right leg then left leg. The same with the walk backward and forward that begin with a step of the right foot. Every kick will count 2. Every direction is from the viewpoint of the students.

Quick savate:
A front kick is a chassi frontal. A side kick is a chassi latiral. A frontal reverse kick is a revers frontal (body facing front, crossing the leg, making the kick in front of the other leg, lifting and bringing it back across to strike a virtual target with the outside edge of the foot). A circular kick is a fouetti. The kicks are about the same in karate, kickboxing and savate, but they always have in savate a strong chambering stage: groupi or armi (raise the leg, bent the knee, hold the lower part of the leg back against the thigh). Then you strike with a sudden and quick straightening of the knee. Slow for the beginners, the armi stage is very quick for experts.

The combo (64)

1. Going west and back: 16

2. Going east and back: 16

3. Going south and back: 16

4. Going north and back: 16

Variants: infinite
Do stages 1 to 4 (the four parts of the cross-shaped figure):

You can as well replace the side step by a grapevine or even better by a turnstep (very strong mass effect).

When everybody is warm and ok with this routine, and, when the legs start to go higher easily, keeping the same kicks at the end of the cross and repeated in the center, you can combine several cross-shaped moves this way:

You can as well have a rank making the side step on the other the turnstep then alternate for the following cross shaped moves. Very impressive if 30 students are doing it together with some energy. It produces a strong effect on any spectator. You can replace kicks by ducking with an U-shaped movement of the body and head, or by a side ducking...

The guard position: the students, especially beginners, will end the side steps with close feet, which is not very good as a guard position! The increasing rhythm and the need of balance will bring them back to a better boxing guard position, with feet in a better place. Let them manage with it, than give few indications. The gloves must be kept in front of the eyes and the elbows in front of the stomach. And the punches? They were done before in a punch combo pattern! They will appear after in some combinations sequences.

Value: This combo is a very good one for the research of an increasing dynamic flexibility. It will be ameliorated by a classical floor work with some fitness moves adapted to martial arts and fighting sports, to increase standing flexibility. Even the instructor will increase his/her stretching skills with this combo (as I certainly did)!

Hope it helps. Tell me if it is understandable and let me know if you loved or hated it.


Added by Jacques Komorn at 11:38 AM on Saturday, July 22, 2000 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
(Email: jacques.komorn@wanadoo.fr)
From: Saint-Claude (Guadeloupe)
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