|Volume 1: Basics Featuring Nicolas Saignac. This DVD features a step-by-step breakdown of the punches; kicks; blocks and combinations needed to practice the French kickboxing martial art of Savate. The DVD ends with a progressive sparring session highlighting the basic skills previously demonstrated. Nicolas Saignac has been teaching Savate since 1984 and has compete in numerous international events and has won the prestigious French Cup. 53 minutes. 1993 Savate, the traditional art of French kickboxing, was developed in the eighteenth century by joining English boxing with Asian martial arts. Today, Savate is practiced internationally by both men and women. The ongoing popularityof the sport is due to its ability to provide a complete physical workout while honing the senses and teaching an effective form of self defense.