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El Jefe

"It gives a good sense of what Amy Adams looks like in black bikini underwear." One one hand, on behalf of my overwhelmingly female family, I wish trailers weren't so habitually arranged that way. On the other hand, as it's Amy Adams, this is at the same time a gracious public service. (And certainly all of them near enough to puberty and past it would comfortably settle in for the volleyball scene in Top Gun with chips and dip.)

You're right about the technique. There are versions of savate (the particularly wicked French form of kickboxing, especially the version called "danse de la rue," which certainly looks like the kind of "street dancing" Marseilles street gangs could get up to) and also the non-exercise uses of t'ai chi that go for that approach, moving with the exaggerated limbs-at-sides relaxation of Dick van Dyke doing a cockney dance, so your opponent doesn't know where the next foot-edge to the weakest part of the shin/cold-cock/roundhouse kick will come from, and has to watch some distracting move on your part (like one glove trying to cover two hands' turf) that will keep them from seeing.

El Jefe

The best version of "straight" savate (with a more conventional approach to boxing) is this scene from the great French cop/mystery flick "The Crimson Rivers." (Vincent Cassel, the Belmondo of his generation, is also an actual black belt in capoeira, Brazilian "dance-fighting," which helps the grace of his form.) These are the sort of folks the lyrics of the Marseillaise talk about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1G-MT2fJqA

PS: I love Lowell. One of my three favorite hard-bit rust belt towns on two continents. What Paul Newman would have called "a perfectly good bad neighborhood" in Color of Money.

El Jefe

Also wrt Lowell, the Cambodian food is awesome. Better than out here on the west coast or in South Texas (like Lowell, another haven for the survivors.)

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