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