History Zipota is a Basque martial art similar to the French fighting style savate which also survives and includes some stick-fencing. Zipota (which means shoe) is a very rough sport,
involving a lot of leaping kicks and throws even in competition.
The use of the Basque walking stick, a light five foot shepherd’s staff, is taught in an aligned discipline called Makila. Several practitioners have competed very successfully in
Savate-Boxe Francaise and la canne de combat.