I might have made the craziest decision of my post-25 life...I'm going to fight in my martial art school's tournament in October.
I have been attending the school for about 14 months taking their blend classes, which combine all different styles of martial arts. In addition, I have been learning Savate for about 9 months now. Savate is a style of fighting developed by the French around the 17th century. They used it on boats for fun, and on the street for fun...err, I mean defense. It involves a lot of kicking. The kind of kicking that requires me to bring my knee to my chest for extended periods of time before striking. The kind of kicking that is still strengthening my hips after 9 months. It is intense. Did I mention that Savateurs wear shoes? Yah, they do.
Anywhoooo, it is probably one of the more beautiful styles of fighting to watch. There is less focus on knocking out your opponent (although it is welcomed) and more emphasis on scoring points. If you kick or punch too hard, you get penalized! It's all about skilled striking and finesse.
How about a video?!?!
So, come October I'll be fighting. I'm kind of scared, but more excited since I am getting fight training with the Savate instructor an additional day per week.
Wish me luck!