Savate or French kick-boxing is one of the four disciplines of bartitsu and this film clip must be one of the earliest ever to capture savate drill. Attributed to the world famous, pioneering film makers, the Lumiere brothers, the film shows what are believed to be French soldiers practising a ‘Four Point’ drill. The ‘Four Point’ drill in this instance consists of a series of manoeuvres performed in sequence that appear to involve advances, fist and foot strikes, before incorporating a turn. With each turn the moves are executed to a new direction in the same sequence.
Of interest to the Bartitsuka would be the ‘on guard’ posture of the arms, somewhat different from the British style of the time, and the kicks, which are mostly recognizable from known Canonical Bartitsu and familiar to any student of the modern bartitsu revival.
Film and historical information courtesy of The Bartitsu Society.