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London Savate club team at Irish Open 2019

Our Values.


Classes are all taught to professional safety standards. Techniques should never seek to damage yourself or anyone else. We value long sporting careers with as few injury breaks as possible. This requires control and discipline.


Students and coaches alike learn each time we train. We seek to gain experience and knowledge through our sporting progress.


To ‘compete’ literally means ‘to seek together’ and in a competitive sport we treat the fighters, rules, officials, coaches, and other participants we meet fairly and with respect.


Sport offers an opportunity to display courage – both to accept what is difficult to accept, and to try your hardest.


We practise an individual sport as a way to bring people together, to make friendships, and to be part of a team.

About the London Savate club.

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The London Savate club was founded in 2004 by James Southwood. It is one of the largest Savate clubs in the country with a worldwide reputation. We train in central London SE1. Our students include multiple British Champions, one European Champion (2007), one World Champion (2014).


In addition to British, European, and World Champions, we have trained many Savate instructors over the years, some of whom have gone on to found their own clubs. View our current instructor list.
We have run an International Savate Open in central London each year since 2017, which attracts fighters from countries as far apart as France, USA, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, and others.
It is an achievement every time a member comes back and decides to commit to learning, training, and developing with us. In that sense, we have many thousands of achievements every year.


London Savate is a member of the

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Great Britain Savate Federation

and through that the

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Federation Internationale de Savate (FISAv)

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