London Savate Coach's Blog

Is Savate sparring what MMA is looking for?

Max Holloway said he did not spar for UFC Fight Island 7 against Calvin Kattar in order to limit brain damage and punishment. The method of sparring in Savate (boxing, kickboxing) known as Assaut – sans puissance – no force/power sparring may be a solution to MMA sparring. It teaches timing, control, accuracy, angles, all the discipline of fighting but with lower risk of damage. Bruce Lee claimed that ‘western boxing is too over-daring’ because of its restrictions on dangerous techniques, But this same fact allows us time to invent, create, and have longer careers. Consider the Assaut methodology if you are a pro looking to minimise punishment between bouts, a fighter who doesn’t want to hurt opponents, or a recreational sportsperson who wants a long career without intentional damage.