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CHAT: Savate and baritsu

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 14:51
Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> Anybody knowing enough Japanese > for an etymology of this new Japanese martial art Savate (te is "hand", but what > about sava - a misreading for saba or sawa probably :) -). :))))
Well, knowing no Japanese at all, I would guess that it means "foot". :-) Which leads us to "baritsu, the Japanese system of wrestling" referred to by Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, there is no such thing... or wasn't until the Japanese Sherlock Holmes society was created: they call themselves "the Friends of Baritsu". -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>