"Bridgeman Savate ©"
established 1969 is the original and most exclusive multifaceted school
of Savate and Associated Disciplines in Australia and one of the longest
operating schools in the world. "Savate Resistance©"
and "Eurosticks©" was established in recognition to initiatives
laid down in post war France in relation to historical lineage and content.
In 1985, Bridgeman Savate
established "Savate Australia" as a collective body for the
promotion and development of Savate in Australia. In 1989, an "Australian
Savate Committee" was formed as an instructors communication group.
In 2001, the "Bridgeman
Savate Association Inc" (BSA) was founded to promote the syllabus
developed by Terence Bridgeman. This modular based syllabus comprises
methods from some of the great 20 century masters whose lineage dates
back to the 19 century. It is a collection of integrated skills from
the traditional and contemporary systems of "Mediterranean Chausson"
and "Parisian Savate".
Bridgeman has taught a large cross section of society from the disabled
to counter terrorist professionals. He has published many articles and
has been in newspapers, magazines, radio, and televisions telethon and
PhD (Hon) Martial Arts Philosophy and Science.
Arts Hall of Fame.
World Karate Union Hall of Fame - USA.
Hall of Fame.
The BSA mission is to continue
the innovative syllabus and to provide a recreational and personal combat
discipline that is educational and has present-day applications.
Pestell is a veteran instructor and director of the Bridgeman
Savate Association. Colin has a "Bachelor Degree in Human Movement
and Anatomy and a Diploma in Education". He has written a number
of articles, and has been on radio and television.
Australasian Martial Artists Hall of Fame
World Karate Union Hall of Fame- USA
University of Western AustraliaCoach of the Year Award.
Colin has been able to combine his love of Savate with travel and
has trained and instructed in North America, England, France, Holland,
Portugal, Spain, Lanzarote and North Africa. His martial arts career
has provided him with great satisfaction and opportunities to meet
many exceptional people.
Bridgeman is a senior instructor and director of the Bridgeman
Savate Association. During his early years Nigel was a member of the
WAAIRTC champion drill team on two occasions and represented the rifle
team at the Australian championships. He has competed in Hungarian
sabre at state level. He has had the rare opportunity to have met
and trained with a wide variety of Savate masters and disciplines.
This experience has given him a solid foundation in the classical
and contemporary approaches of Savate and its associated disciplines.
Australasian Martial Artists Hall of Fame.
World Karate Union Hall of Fame-USA.
Nigel has been in a number of articles and envisages his continuance
and promotion of the disciplines as an educational and recreational
form of personal combat.
In 2002, the FFSBF sponsored
an Australian delegation to visit Paris. Michel Leroux "FFSBF National
Technical Manager" and Gilles Le Duigou "FFSBF International
Relations" organised the logistics and itinerary of the delegation
visit. James Blanchard, "Special Attaché for Sport"
from the Australian Embassy assisted with activities and introductions.
The Australians were shown
fantastic hospitality with the French welcoming them at each club. They
met with many old masters and elite instructors and participated in
both unarmed and weaponry sessions. A special invitation was extended
to the delegation to visit RAID, an elite Police Anti-Terrorist unit
operating out of a semi-secret training Chateau outside Paris.
This visit set the basis on which Jossette D Normandeau in 2003 presented
"Deadly Arts-Savate" and in 2007 Jason Chambers and Bill Duff
presented "Human Weapon-Savate".
In 2010 an official visit was arranged with Gilles Le Duigou president
"International Federation of Savate" together with Hubert
Abela technical director and Joel Dhumus vice president and international
referee of the "Federation Francaise of Savate" to visit Perth.
Essentially the visit was about the sport including aspects of preparation,
training, and tactics and judging.
Meetings were held with the
UWA Sports executive director Bruce Meakins covering the expansion of
Savate throughout the Australasian University system and how best to
facilitate international exchange and competition. With the expansion
of Savate Sport into Asia, possibilities exist for Savate to become
a part of the Asian Rim University games. Further discussions covered
how best to build links with other universities in France and around
the world, allowing students to combine training with study abroad.The
University of WA has the only university Savate club in Australia. Established
1986 the club has trained many overseas students some from far away
as Finland, Canada and more locally from Asia.
Honouree French Consul, Michael
Wood attended the Alliance Francaise meeting where Gilles and Joel spoke
about the values of Savate Sport and Terence and Colin spoke and demonstrated
aspects of Savate Resistance. Dr David Elder senior lecturer of languages
of the Edith Cowen University expressed interest in a club.