Savate high jump kick James Southwood

Savate

elegant combat

Learn to box with your hands and feet and get fighting fit. Locations near to central London tubes. We are a friendly group with a great ethos, students of all ages, men and women, looking to welcome you.

TRAIN WITH CHAMPIONS

Savate classes for all levels,
Get in shape and learn to box with hands and feet
Waterloo / London Bridge / Bermondsey tube.

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.

I’ve never done combat sports before, can I join?

Yes, we always welcome beginners to Savate and to combat sports. There may be a beginner course starting soon, otherwise you can always join the main group for a warm welcome.

Do I need to be fit to start?

Nope. It is our job to get you fit. Savate is a great full-body workout – training legs, core, cardio, abs, flexibility, endurance, agility. Doing our 90min classes every week will improve your fitness. If you are medically clear to begin an exercise programme, you are fit enough to start.

What is Savate?

Savate is a French-English kickboxing dating from 1830s. Literally an old boot, it teaches elegant strikes, footwork, and defences. Today it is a popular combat sport practised by men and women of all ages around the world. Savate has sub disciplines including Savate defence, Savate forme (to music), Canne de Combat (cane fighting), and Savate Boxe Francaise: what we do.

Will it hurt?

We teach Assaut Savate in which you touch, not hurt. This allows friendly, enjoyable training and we can try out interesting techniques – think jumps, spins, and flourishes. It is still a contact sport and injuries from time to time will happen, but you can relax knowing that the person in front of you is not trying to hurt you.

Do you compete?

Yes. Many students find Assaut sparring an enjoyable part of learning and choose to go to local, national or international competitions at the appropriate time in their development. We have produced many British Champions, national team members, a European Champion and one World Champion.

I am not flexibile enough, can I still do Savate?

Yes. Almost everyone who started with us over the last 20 years could not kick high on their first class. But within time they became more flexible and enjoyed moving their body through a wider range of motion – so will you.

What do I need to bring?

Check the class booking page for full details, but essentially you can start with just a clean pair of sport shoes and a kit bag full of enthusiasm.

Am I too old?

Our classes bring together people of all ages from 14 years to 60+There is no age at which you are too old to start.

Do you offer online training?

We certainly do. See below for details of how to join the London Savate World Academy

A Savate Academy in your hands

London Savate World Academy online training. Click below to start learning from anywhere.

Online Savate Academy library screen

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.

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
Holly Jean Crosbie
Holly Jean Crosbie
2018-01-10
Great coaches, friendly crowd, excellent work out and a great sport! Can’t recommend this enough!