La Lutte techniques were also utilized in the self-defense system of Savate which came to called ‘Defense dans la Rue” (DDLR). Drawing techniques from the older traditional fighting
methods such as Savate, English boxing, Lutte and at a later stage Japanese Jiu-jitsu, DDLR was not surprisingly also influenced by the dirty tricks of the French Apache street fighters.
The architects of DDLR Julien Leclerc and Emile Andre recommended in particular that all students should study the Lutte methods of French instructor Francoise le Bordelais.
La Lutte techniques that were feasible in DDLR were often utilized in conjunction with hitting, eye gouging, biting and fish –hooking. Strikes and ripping skills were often used to soften
up the opponent before, during and after grappling maneuvers.