Friday, July 31, 2009

Miodrag Jotic, Savate Pioneer 2 - NICE WORK

Written by Julie (traduction: Agnes)

leduigou_jotic_2009_thumb.jpgDuring the 2009 World Combat Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia, I had the great pleasure of meeting Miodrag Jotic- a pioneer of Savate and champion of Fair-Play. Miodrag Jotic has been involved in martial arts for 30 years.

He was introduced to Boxe Francaise Savate in 1981 by Damien Wehr. While attending a Tang Soo Do seminar in Rab (Croatia), he was invited to take part in a Savate seminar being held in the same place, and so became the first Yugoslavian to try Savate. After the seminar, Damien Wehr asked him if he would like to compete, and the following year he was invited to an international seminar, run by Bob Alix, at INSEP in Paris.

He went on to compete in many Junior and Senior galas, tournaments and championships - his achievements included: Junior champion Europe (1984), 3rd European championships (1988), World Vice champion (1989) and 3rd World championships (1991).


Miodrag expressed his gratitude to Damien Wehr, who had encouraged him to continue in Boxe Francaise Savate after he lost his first fight, and the sense of privilege he felt having met a lot of great people from the world of French boxing: Christian Guillaume, Bob Alix, Jean-Marie Gacaker...

jotic2.jpgIn 1986, he had his first fight against Gilles le Duigou, Champion of Europe at that time. The fight took place in Rijeka (Croatia). Miodrag was leading on points until the 4th round, when he was stopped by a strike to the liver. After the fight, Gilles handed the trophy to him, held up his hand and started the applause. The crowd cheered this example of fair play. Roles were reversed in a rematch, held in Belgrade in 1987, when he stopped Gilles in the 5th round, with a punch to the stomach. Inspired by Gilles' earlier example, he gave his trophy to Gilles. After that, Boxe Francaise Savate became his way forward:

"Boxe Francaise is the way of honour, the way of art, the way of chivalry, the way of the knights. You learn how to fight, how to move, and you learn your mind - how to listen, how to work and how to obey."

These earlier influences remain with him. Miodrag Jotic has been a member of the Serbian Olympic Committee for 7 years, and a member of the Commission for Fair-play. He founded an organisation in Serbia promoting fair-play, and in 2008 started a "Fighting against the Violence Project" in Novi Sad. This project has included demonstrations of different martial arts to help young people get into sport, with qualified trainers, and to leave behind aggressive attitudes. All the young people who took part were awarded diplomas, with graphics promoting the World Anti-doping Agency code.

On the 20th June 2009, in Novi Sad, Miodrag Jotic was awarded the diploma of "Honour Member" of the International Savate Federation by his old adversary and friend, FIS President Gilles Le Duigou. An honour greatly deserved!


Robillard Benjamin

Savate Boxe Française
Champion of France Jeune Cadet 2002-2003
Vice-Champion de France Espoirs 2004
Champion of France Technique Assaut 2004
Champion of France Espoirs Combat 2005
Demi-finalist Championship of France Technique Assaut 2006
Demi-finalist Championship of France Espoirs Combat 2006
Vice-Champion of France Honneur Combat 2007
Vice-Champion of France Technique Assaut 2007
Vice Champion de France Honneur Combat 2008
Demi-finalist Championship of France technique 2008
Winner of Golden gloves turnament 2008
Demi-finalist Championship of France Honneur 2009

Selection - Team of France 2004
World vice - Champion SAVATE 2004 - Bulgaria
Selection - trainer of Serb team - seminar SERBIA 2006
Stage international in Korea (Festival of Martial arts - oh that very secret journey)
Selection - Team of France 2007

Moniteur of Savate Boxe Francaise
Trainer kids competitors - Regional
GAT 1 (competitor and trainer)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stipan Prtenjaca trains in Savate club Sesvete, Croatia

56-60 kg

and competes mostly in boxing


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Can Damien Wehr help savate?

Damien Wehr is very respected lawyer.
He is also guilty for savate to come to Yugoslavia (Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia...)
Can he help now FIS to come to Sportaccord / AGFIS /GAISF?
...and to escape those stories about "evil" people who didn't take care about savate and forget to send the post :) as showed the case of Mr. Bukovac from Croatian savate ?

Croatian taekwondo federation

WTF (olympic) and ITF (non-olympic) taekwondo merged in Croatia.
But just a little bit different than in Slovenia.
In Slovenia official federation is those of Tran Trieu Quan (In this federation Croatia doesn't have representative - and Slovenian Olympic Committee (Ministry of Sport and Lottery) spent many euros to preserve ITF activities as vital ones for olympic taekwondo)
But in Croatia - those of Ung-chan .

Croatian taekwondo federation has 101 member clubs:

Or better - among WTF clubs - there are 31 ITF taekwondo clubs from ITF taekwondo federation Croatia number 1 clubs:
  1. Bak
  2. Istra
  3. Futura
  4. Poreč
  5. Buzet
  6. Rijeka
  7. Novalja
  8. HBD Vodice
  9. Solaris
  10. Forma
  11. Metalac
  12. Puntar
  13. Hwarang Ivanec
  14. Velika
  15. Gimnazija
  16. Slatinska Banka
  17. Škorpion
  18. Vrpolje
  19. Vinkovci
  20. Legacy
  21. Hwarang Br. Stupnik
  22. Trojan
  23. Alfa-Brod
  24. Županja TIGAR
  25. Monter
  26. Kocunar
  27. Sokol Cerna
  28. Lotus
  29. Veldus
  30. Vukovar
  31. Top Team
And ITF taekwondo federation Croatia number 2 that we were talking about and club Marsonia that announced Champions with a picture of Ung Chan belongs to the group of Jung Hwa
And there are only 7 clubs:
  4. BTI ZABOK 183
(last European championship with 19 member countries)

Is this enough that we can talk about 3 International Taekwondo federations with the same name that are recognised by different Olympic Comitteess?
How long can this story goes further?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

OOOOPS, ... also ITF taekwondo makes mistakes?


One ITF taekwondo federation - promotes World championship in Slavonski Brod

(photo I will add when Marsonia internet site apperas again :) )

with a photo of president of another ITF taekwondo federation - Ung Chan

SportAccord/GAISF introduces its new Director, Nolvenn Dufay de Lavallaz


Christine Dominguez, former director general of GAISF, departed the organization earlier in the wake of the decision at the March general assembly to move its headquarters from Monaco to Lausanne.

17 July 2009

SportAccord (previously known as GAISF, the General Association of International Sport Federations) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Nolvenn Dufay de Lavallaz as its new Director.

Nolvenn Dufay de Lavallaz, 34, from France, started her career on the field of play, coaching elite gymnastics. In 1999, she joined the French Ministry of Youth and Sports to develop sports and cultural activities at regional level, and educate coaches and administrators.
Graduated in Sport Management and holding a professional elite coach diploma, Dufay de Lavallaz completed her education in 2002 with an International Master in Humanities, Management and Law of Sport (CIES/FIFA Master).
She then joined the IOC Sports Department, where she led the first global sports evaluation for the review of the Olympic Programme and oversaw the organisation of the Sports Operations for the Beijing Olympic Games. More recently, she managed the Athletes section, developing new programmes to better support Olympians.
Announcing the new appointment, SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen said; "The appointment of Nolvenn is key at this point of the history of our organisation. We are restructuring deeply SportAccord in order to better support our Members and offer them new services. Nolvenn's experience in developing programmes, as well as her understanding of the sports environment, makes her contribution a real asset."
Commenting on her appointment, Dufay de Lavallaz said; "I have always considered GAISF and now SportAccord as a great opportunity for the sports Federations and Organisations to share knowledge and experience, develop expertise and get services that are commonly needed. I am proud to lead this organisation, especially at this very special moment where we face challenging changes, for the best of the organisation. I believe we can bring more to our Members; this is and will remain our objective."

Jogo Do Pau - learning

25th FISU conference - Declaration of Belgrade

July 5th, 2009
The role of university sports in education and society
A platform for change
The International University Sport Federation (FISU) Conference, was held from July 2nd to 5th 2009, on the occasion of the 25th Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.
More than 130 researchers, professors, university rectors, students and university sports officials from 35 countries from the five continents underlined the unique importance and special opportunities which university sport in the widest terms can contribute to the educational process within higher education. They also insisted on the fact that sport is much more than a tool for education: it should be established as a human right and part of human responsibilities.
The main theme of “University sports, a platform for change”, was chosen in the context of the new “knowledge society”, but also in the context of the economical, societal and ecological crisis affecting the whole world. The Intention was to elaborate on the undoubted value of participation in sport as part of a life-long learning process.
Internationally renowned keynote speakers variously demonstrated that knowledge generates new opportunities and power for mankind, but this requires more responsibility and accountability. Making ethics and value systems endogenous to the decision systems, in all fields including sports, is an absolute necessity for the global sphere, in order to realize world stability, sustainability, understanding and peace.
I – Conference participants discussed the fact that University Sport has the power to develop social, educational, cultural and ethical responsibility in young people. They strongly advocated an increasing role for University Sport as a key driver, both in offering the student a comprehensive educational experience and in delivering well founded, young citizens for the future.
Involvement in University Sport brings in particular the following benefits:
• Character formation and consolidation of ethical values, based on the respect for others, on fair-play and on truth; • Acknowledgement of cultural diversity and the appreciation of intercultural contact.;
• Team working, advanced levels of autonomy and self regulation, with obvious benefits at both cognitive and motivational levels;
• social competencies and active citizenship; • Organisation and project planning;
• Development of higher levels of thought and decision making; • Life long learning - emotional intelligence and balance of the “self”, especially through the capacity to defer gratification and to manage strategic long-term objectives; • Good mental and physical health and increased productivity; • Improved mobility as skilled, international and inter-generational communicators;
II - The development of these valuable skills through engagement in the field of university sport should be formalised.
1/ Participants emphatically welcomed the concept that Universities should organize physical education, physical activities, sport for all and competitive high level sport, as part of both extracurricular and required programs.
2/ Participants, while assessing their support for the general principle, urge organisations with competencies in higher education, all over the world, to engage in co-
ordinating their policies to reach in the short term the following objectives, which are considered to be of primary relevance:
- development of transversal multidisciplinary scientific researches and educational programs including ethics, value systems, anti-doping, fair play, physical education, healthy lifestyle and sport ;
- multidisciplinary courses should be formalised through specific diplomas or a credit point system in higher education.
- readiness of universities to provide sports facilities for students and university personnel to take part in physical exercise and sport activities according to their interests and aptitudes. To make effective, innovative use of resources, government and educational authorities will need to partner each other in the maintenance and development of quality facilities, especially those located within academic communities. Furthermore, university sport support services should be established as a core function of the university welfare and administration services, guaranteeing that students’ views are continually monitored;
- making universities « central databases » for study and research in ethics, value systems, anti-doping, fair play, physical education, physical activities healthy lifestyle and sport;
- making universities the center of learning and exchange of information for the community so as to lead to cultural exchange;
- creating and continuously developing networking among universities, both nationally and internationally;
3/ Participants hereby undertake to attain these objectives within the framework of their institutional capabilities and taking full respect of the diversity of cultures, languages, national education systems and of University autonomy. To that end they will pursue the possibilities of inter-universitiy co-operation.
4/ Participants expect universities to contribute actively to the achievment of those goals.
5/ University sports – competitive sports and sports for all – is a major value added to youth and to human society, even though it is not equally developped in diverse nations, regions and continents. Participants ask FISU to emphasize the scientific analysis of university sports and impulse a world wide strategy :
-to develop new concepts and models of sports practices based on active, creative involvment of students in sports, cultural and artistic activities.
-to insure that university sports is sufficiently considered at all political and educational levels in diverse nations, regions, continents.
6/ Participants support and urge FISU to continue to develop a strategy in support of the above, which would utilise its international links with members and partners to develop a capacity building platform for accreditation and life long learning through university sport. In particular, it is suggested that FISU should establish formal links and cooperation with :
-UNESCO, the leading world organisation in the essential fields of education, culture and ethical values. FISU should be active in participating in the works of CISEPS, the UNESCO permanent intergovernemental Committee for physical Education and Sport.
-WADA, the leading world organisation for antidoping education.
-CIFP, the International Committee for Fair Play.
This will make greater the University Sports and FISU contribution to the practice and endogenisation of ethics values systems that the 21st century global human society needs as a necessary condition for its stability and for peace.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Roger Paschy - Muay Thai pioneer - France

Name: Roger Paschy
Subtitle: In the Footsteps of Bruce Lee
Info: Roger Paschy first started learning karate at the age of 16. Eight years later, he was a budding world champion. Born in Saigon, Paschy has at his command all the secrets of this martial art. He performs each attack in masterful fashion and with a strength which for a long time meant he was the most respected exponent of karate in Europe, along with the Frenchmen Dominique Valera and Gilbert Gruss. Because he wanted to know and understand thoroughly the other martial arts, this world team champion (1972) started studying the disciplines of budo known as the nunchaku and the bo. For seven years, he worked with the master Kitamura, a fifth dan in karate and in kobudo, in his dojo at Nara in Japan. His progress in competition was rapid, and in his very first appearance in the French championships he finished third (1968). He was selected for the French team in 1970 and stayed with it for five years, during which he won three European championship titles and one world team championship title in Paris. As a representative of the Police Sports Association, Roger Paschy was unfortunate to find himself having to fight such exceptional sportsmen as Valera and Gruss in the days before categories were divided by weight. After the appearance of a lightweight category, he became European champion and towards the end of his career as an "amateur", he almost made it to the winner's rostrum of the 1975 World Championships in Long Beach, where he was beaten by the Japanese Murakami. In 1976, he changed direction and became the cinema's second Bruce Lee when he appeared in Christian Jacque's film "Doctor Justice". As full-contact European champion once he had turned professional, he soon relinquished his title in order to devote more time to his forthcoming book on Karate: technique and efficiency.

ROGER PASCHY Born May 17, 1945, in Saigon, Vietnam
AWARDS AND RECORDS French champion 1973,1974,1975 World team champion 1972 Individual semi-finalist in World Championships 1975 Individual European lightweight champion 1973, 1974, 1975; team 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975; finalist 1974. Fifth dan as karate instructor Roger Paschy in action before he turned to acting

Canne de Combat - Cultural Olympiad - Cambridge - 25th July 2009 - celebrations of 2012 Olympics

Canne de Combat demo at Cultural Olympiad, held at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 25th July 2009 - part of celebrations of 2012 Olympics.

Part 1, basic strikes and blocks.

Part 2, co-operative target practice, partner allows the cannist to touch targets to perfect strikes and improve accuracy.

Part 3, co-operative exercise to practice turns.

Part 4, double canne

Part 5, some relaxed free-sparring

Part 6, some more relaxed free-sparring

Part 7, canne chausson

Part 8, cane defence

Ron Kuyt - one of early savateurs from Netherland

Chakuriki man. Fight against Brilleman (RIP) 10th of February 1980.

Early judo or sambo?

And sambo western friends are friends of western savate. Hmmm...
East and west, right or wrong, before and after.
And Bruce Tegner as judo "family sport" teacher was also in one year savate teacher.
Yes and we are again at judo as a starter for after war savate.
And what about "Lutte parisiene"?

Assaut savate Rome, Italy 1992

Dante vs. Collacchi -67 kg

Russian President Medvedev meets Universiade Medallists

In small Slovenia - where the center of European University sport EUSA is - Olympic Committee of Slovenia and other newspapers didn't pay much of attention on Universiade 2009.

On July 17th, 2009, President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev met the winners and medallists of the Russian delegation at the 25th Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting was held in Ekaterininsky Hall of the Kremlin in Moscow. The Russian delegation headed the medal table tally with 76 medals (27 gold, 22 silver & 27 bronze).
The President congratulated the members of the Russian student's team - sportsmen and coaches - with the victory and wished them success in future competitions and their university studies.
The Russian President, a former university professor himself, is a strong supporter of university sport. In 2008 he met a FISU delegation chaired by FISU Vice-President Stefan Bergh on their way to Kazan, at that time a candidate city for the 2013 Summer Universiade.
President Medvedev pronounced a decree to secure the preparation and holding of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan in 2013 and the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and 11th Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 earlier this year.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Prof. POPEYE calls for unification of USA savate

Is this a chance for one of the biggest future savate federation?

It has been a few years since we have had the momentum of savateurs that we have now. For several reason I had left the board and my position as executive Director.
The reasons were the political up reset of the French federation claiming that we did not want to work with the contemporary Savate groups of the East and west coast of the United Sates. Even when I and several others had invited their apparent leaders to partake in the events.
The second was that in Laredo we had uncovered a shenanigan movement of thievery against the Youth of Laredo within the board of the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club. Who the director Angel Santiago had mistreated and had over 350 thousand dollars disappear. While Finding out that the City of Laredo Corrupt ways had infiltrated that organization. Where the city Manager Larry Dovalina , Chief of Police Agustine Dovalina a district Judge Andy Reyes and several county commissioners were involved with the misappropriation of funds. So we had Police Units give traffic citations to the savateurs of my School we had them threaten my Family members and had several Laredo Police Officers try to heat me up as they say.
Unfortunately Good always prevails. So that was the reason I left the organization. I was asked this past season by two Board members to rekindle the movement o USA SAVATE and I have done so.
On June 27th We kicked of the movement with a Steak Plate Sale to purchase a Boxing Ring for the Group. Since our old Boxing ring was stolen by an ex member of USA SAVATE Fernando Cantu and his Father.
The cost of the new ring is between $8000.00 to $9000.00 dollars and we had a total of $1400.00 made this past weekend.
The unity and everyone worked together from the members of the Webb County District Attorneys office, the Webb county sheriffs department, Webb Constable Tino Juarez and the tribe of Buitron Academy.
We started at 4am on Saturday with Cornelo Flores starting the grill for the 500 steaks . Then we had Omar Rodriguez show up to aide in the effort .
Around 6 am we had the first group of savateurs show up to assist and build the gazebo as well as to prepare the plates.
Due to the different work schedule we had everyone that could help, help. The groups effort especially with in USA SAVATE is to formulate several satellite clubs in Webb County , Dallas County and other county's in the State of Texas for this upcoming season.
Everyone worked hard with leading the pack inside in the cool air was Mrs. Cindy Cavazos , in preparing the plates , bread and napkins for the 500 plates.
By 8:30 am the 300 steak were done and out of the way. the amazement was on the versatile movement of these veteran carne asada doers. By 9:30 am all on the steaks were done and out of the way. In fact the The rice and beans that was cooked by the Webb County Sheriffs Department was excellent.
At 11am the plates were ready to go and the rush began everyone was on point and ready to fill the plates with the steaks and Spanish rice. This was an exciting event for me since the unity of working together for a commons goal was actually rarely seen in USA SAVATE with the pre-Madonna attitude of the majority of the members of the past.
"We have several event s ready to go such as the sanction for the 1st Danse De Rue Games. where everyone is invited including the contemporary Savate players. So please east and west coast gangs either put up or shut up once and for all , and do not lie that we never invited you to become members in the past as members: Scholtz, Basulto and Saigniac state . One thing to the east and west coast gangs if you all have any personal Beef with me or my family we can seriously set up a quick once and for all dance in the street with anyone of you when ever you want. If not partake if you wish."


Paul-Raymond Buitron III

Friday, July 24, 2009

Academy Ilha, Brazil - news

Mike Lambret, Wignehies, France

World champion 2008 - assaut. Very skilled and tactical fighter.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The World games - Kaohsiung 2009

Martial arts - NON-OLYMPIC sports: Ju-jitsu, Karate, Sumo, optional - Wu-shu

Qualified countries for a world games martial art tournament:
Evaluation of these results in National Olympic Committees and National Sport Federations will be very hard. And another question - Are World Games dying?

Karate: 34 countries

Ju-jitsu: 20 countries

Sumo: 21 countries

Wushu: 17 countries