Michel Casseux

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Michel Casseux
Died1869 (aged 74–75)
Notable studentsCharles 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 even became attractive to 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 ever.[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". Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. 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". Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. 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". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. 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

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