Michel Casseux

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Michel Casseux
Born 1794
Died 1869 (aged 74–75)
Nationality French
Style Savate
Notable students Charles Lecour

Michel Casseux, also known as "Pisseux"[1] (1794–1869) was a Savate instructor.[2] He is widely considered one of the pioneers of the sport, and is even credited as its inventor.[3][4][5][6]


Based on streetfighting techniques he developed around 1820 "L'art de la savate".[7][8] He banned certain street-fighting manners and developed a regulated system for self-defense and competition.[9][10] Due to his efforts the new sport got even eligible for members of the French upper class who consequently attended his Savate gym.[11][12] Casseux elaborated the first training system for Savate and his gym (or "salle") was the first official Savate dojo at all.[13]


It was his student and successor Charles Lecour who eventually added boxing techniques to Savate and made it what is nowadays established as French Boxing.[14]


  1. ^ "Savate". Retrieved 2011-08-26. The first person to make an attempt to systematise savate was Michel Casseux (aka) Pisseux 
  2. ^ "Savate". Retrieved 2011-08-26. The very first person who attempted to make a system out of savate was Michel Casseux, who opened the first training establishment for it. 
  3. ^ "Savate". Retrieved 2011-08-26. Two men were key in taking Savate out of the streets and into the modern sport world, Michel Casseux and Charles Lecour 
  4. ^ "Savate". Retrieved 2011-08-26. The creation of Savate is attributed in part to Michael Casseux 
  5. ^ "Savate" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-08-26. 1820 :Michel Casseux invente la Savate :combat de rue dont les coups sont donnés avec la chaussure et les mains ouvertes 
  6. ^ "La Savate-boxe française, exception culturelle française!". Retrieved 2011-08-26. En 1825 le maître d'armes Michel Casseux est le premier à enseigner l'art de la savate : l'escrime des pieds. 
  7. ^ "Historique Savate baton defense". Retrieved 2011-08-26. Michel CASSEUX... est connu comme le premier Français à avoir recensé et organisé les différentes manières de se battre... dans les dans un traité qu'il appela "l'Art de la Savate" 
  8. ^ "Savate boxe française". Retrieved 2011-08-26. D'abord pratiquée essentiellement dans la rue, c'est Michel Casseux qui a décidé de codifier ce sport 
  9. ^ "La Savate". Retrieved 2011-08-26. La méthodologie de la Savate s'est développée sous l'influence de Michel Casseux 
  10. ^ "Savate offers kickboxing with soles". Retrieved 2011-08-26. Casseux defined and categorized these fighting techniques and then taught them to the rich and other members of high society, thus popularizing the art 
  11. ^ "Savate: From Street Fighting to Modern Sport". Retrieved 2011-08-26. Casseux worked on defining the techniques in street fighting and promoting them into a new version of chausson and savate for his rich students. 
  12. ^ "A look at the European Martial Art of Savate by Peter Lockhart". Retrieved 2011-08-26. he instructed many noblemen and famous students in his "salle" or gym. 
  13. ^ "History of Savate". Retrieved 2014-01-29. Whilst Savate was originally regarded as a method of street-fighting, as time went on it gradually started to become systemized. The very first 'official' Savate training establishment 'Salle' was opened by Michel Casseux, aka Pisseux 
  14. ^ "Savate". Retrieved 2014-01-29. Charles Lecour, a one time pupil of Michel Casseux, assimilated the French kicking methods and combined them with English boxing to create la boxe francais 

External links[edit]

Homepage International Savate Federation