We had a nice holiday break. Not to mention it has been quite sometime since I have updated the club blog on news, events and training schedule. In that regard, I am looking forward for practice to commence.
The 2014 Winter Session for MD Savate and La Canne will start Thursday, January 9th!
Boxe Francaise Savate will start at 7 PM followed by Canne De Combat at 8:15 PM. To register contact HCRP at 410-313-Park.
If you weren't able to make it to St. Herblain, France last month for the Canne de Combat World Championships, we've got you covered. We have some great photographs of most of the fights over the course of the two-day tournament. We've posted them by country, so each match will have photographs in two folders, for each of the fighters.
We hope the photos capture the excitement of canne de combat! Please feel free to comment on any of the pictures and let us know what you think. We are also inviting the various teams to add competitor names in the comments, as there are way too many pictures for us to caption them all. Here are the direct links to each country's album:
The club had an extended summer vacation from Savate Kickboxing classes due to training for the World Canne de Combat Championships. The championships are over and many of us are anxious for the Fall session to commence. Let's lace up those savate boots, put on those boxing gloves, and get back to training!! Classes resume Thursday, October 11th. Anyone 12 years of age and older is welcome to register for either or both classes:
Savate Kickboxing Stations Class is held from 7:00 PM to 8PM.
La Canne Class is held from 8:15 to 9:15 PM.
To register contact Howard County Recreation & Parks at 410-313-Park or visit www.hcrpsports.com.
Wow, what an intense weekend! The Canne de Combat World Championship was such a great experience for Team USA - as you know, we were the first U.S. team ever participating in this event, and that made it even more exciting. There were more than 45 competitors from 10 different countries, so we got to see a tremendous range of styles and techniques. Team USA got to fight teams from France (of course)/Reunion, Germany, Madagascar, Slovenia, Italy, Great Britain, Hungary, Canada, and Korea.
Since you are probably wondering about the competition results, here's how the U.S. team fared individually:
Thomas Dardour - 5th place
Laura Zeafla - 6th place
Steve Savoie - 13th place
Stefanie Geaney - 17th place
We were pretty proud of our performance, especially as first-timers. The Team USA crew needs a shout out too - Jim Reiser was a great coach and coordinator throughout the event (and was never slowed down by that walking boot!). Dave Geaney was the unofficial Team USA photographer; he took a mountain of photographs which we plan to start posting this weekend, so stay tuned! Bill Despeaux helped keep us organized as the matches were posted (and changed, and then changed again) and provided plenty of cheering and moral support in the crowd.
The team is now making its way back home. Some team members decided to check out the sights -- and food and wine of course! -- in France after the competition. As we get unpacked and settled, we'll start posting some photographs, and also do a few more posts about the event itself. Go Team USA!
It's finally here - the world championships! These last few months have flown by, but Team USA is packing up and getting ready to head to St. Herblain for this weekend's competition. Follow the action at the event website: http://www.championnat-monde-canne-combat-2012.com/. We'll also do our best to post some updates (as we know we've fallen down on the blogging job a little over the past few months - oops!).
Laura and Stefanie had a final sparring session before the trip. Don't worry - they kept it light and easy! The U.S. Team doesn't need any more injuries; we were sad to lose Jim from the roster due to a torn Achilles just a couple of weeks ago. But he's tough and will still make the trip to France, walking boot and all, to cheer on his teammates (and presumably enjoy the local cuisine as well!).
Bon voyage and bonne chance to all of the U.S. team members. See you in France!
Several members from Team USA are headed to Montreal, Canada this week for a Canne De Combat competitors and judging clinic with Prof. DUBREUIL and the Canadian Team. Have fun. Train Hard!! The Maryland Savate and La Canne Club members look forward to hearing about your training and the trip.