London Savate

Savate high jump kick James Southwood

Savate

Aesthetic Effective

Get fit and learn a unique sport

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10min Bermondsey tube

Central location

London Savate International Open 2019

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French boxing is a serious science that requires much composure, calculation, agility, and strength. It is the most beautiful development of human vigour, a fight with none other than natural weapons in which one may not be taken by surprise” Théophile Gautier

Savate

Savate, or French boxing, is an accurate and elegant style of kickboxing. Literally an old shoe, and dating from the 1800s, Savate is now a modern ring fighting sport practised by men and women around the world.

Why train with us?

We are one of the largest Savate clubs in the country, home to multiple British champions, founded in 2004 by World Champion James Southwood. We help develop beginners into fitter, more confident, more flexible versions of themselves.

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Our instructors

Our Savate instructors are all highly skilled and experienced international competitors. They are here to help you get into Savate, get fitter, or coach you towards your next grade or fight.

What our students say

Angela Hertel
Angela Hertel
2022-01-30
It is a privilege to learn French kickboxing from a world best fighter! James has always encouraged me; he challenges my thoughts around strategy and tactics. His variety of strength training in classes gets me fit to compete in this sport. His knowledge is primarily science-based. London Savate is a super friendly sports club where I met people I am now friends with!
philomene hoel
philomene hoel
2020-02-02
amazing training, open to men and women who are willing to learn the special art of Savate, probably the unique club in London that offer french boxe! everyone is so friendly, it s a very inspiring and energetic training!
Vincent Nédélec
Vincent Nédélec
2020-01-03
London Savate is an incredibly welcoming club. I spent six months there and each class was a pleasure: you keep improving and having fun, meeting new people from all horizons. In addition, the teacher is as supportive during the class as deep-thinking after the class. If you are looking for unforgettable sparring as well as great discussions, give it a go!
Ally Sinyard
Ally Sinyard
2020-01-03
A great club with friendly and welcoming bunch of fighters. Train here and you'll definitely get fit and meet loads of nice people and probably fall in love with a new martial art you'd never even heard of before. Really good value too!
Mat 440
Mat 440
2019-12-30
A great bunch of people, you will be very lucky to find this level of expertise, experience and friendliness in 1 place anywhere else!. Thank you James for London Savate. Rgrds Mat
Delphine Frémondeau
Delphine Frémondeau
2019-12-28
Great club where to train Savate, a kind of kickboxing originating from France, combining kicks and English Boxing. Training is of very high quality, varied, with a different theme to work on each day, and focussing on Savate Assaut (the light contact version). James Southwood is one of the best in the world in his discipline and is passionate about teaching this art. The atmosphere in the club is very friendly and supportive, and newcomers, from complete beginners to experienced fighters, are always welcome. Definitely worth a try!
sites kris
sites kris
2019-02-22
Best fun kickboxing workout in london! Perfect for women and men, close to Bermondsey underground station, great value for money and lead by very professional and supportive teachers! Been there a year now, love the results and the cosy atmosphere of the location all other members. Try it
Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis
2018-12-05
Had five sessions so far and have really enjoyed every session. Savate is a very technical kickboxing style and James teaches it very well demonstrating techniques with great balance and critiquing and improving the techniques of others succinctly and clearly. The classes are well constructed with a variety of exercises, combinations pad work and sparring for those that are willing and ready. People are pushed to work hard but not pushed to spar before they are ready or risk injury. Lessons are great value for money and the students are both friendly and welcoming. If you have any interest in the art of Savate, combat sports of martial arts in general I highly recommend you give it a try.
Pradeep Mishra
Pradeep Mishra
2018-06-16
this was very big fighting fighting club place i like this place

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