London Savate World Academy

World-Class Savate Training.

Can I learn Savate online?

Yes, you can learn Savate online effectively with video, remote coaching, plus a little space and commitment. With a former World Champion in your virtual corner, you can develop excellent technique, fitness, flexibility, and knowledge. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary.

Fantastic set of Savate resources!

I want to applaud James for this fantastic set of Savate resources! Even when my wi-fi stopped me streaming a lesson, there’s enough good content in the fitness section to give me a really good workout. Nice one!
European Savate Champion

James’ passion for the art of Savate clearly comes through.

The content is highly engaging, calorie burning, and will give you an in-depth look at the techniques of Savate. I’ve been working with James for a little over a month now, and he has been highly responsive to all of my questions, and he offers a large amount of depth on Savate techniques and strategies.


I’m amazed at the quality of the online academy, I’ve been using it whilst in France and it’s proven invaluable.

No Savate club near you?

No problem! I can be your coach from anywhere. Join students training all around the world.

Your coach

Hi. I am James Southwood. I started Savate back in 1999 and since then have had over 200 fights and fought in 7 World Championships. I have been teaching for over 17 years and have helped hundreds of students reach their goals, get into the ring for the first time, win a medal, or simply get started standing on one leg.

What are the lessons like?

Classes are typically 40-45 minutes, with warm-up, technique, freestyle, and conditioning or fitness. I aim to explain the purpose as well as guide you through the technique. I believe full-length classes help you put moves into context and return to techniques as you learn, which you cannot do with just a few minutes demo in a one-off online course. Try the free sample class here on the fouetté kick:

Recent classes

200-Kick Workout21 Jun 2021

Following the popularity of the 100 kick workout last year, here is the sequel. A 20 minute workout that takes you through 200 Savate kicks, with warm-up and core training.

Using Both Legs14 Jun 2021

Technical class in which we go through using both left and right kicks in combinations – both (1) to confuse an opponent and (2) to beat their defences by using all our weapons.

Question Mark Kick for Savate07 Jun 2021

3 different ways to adapt the question mark kick feint for Savate. A great way to misdirect an opponent. Here we use legal trajectories and Savate kicks to make it work.

Evading Low Kicks31 May 2021

Keep your legs away from incoming strikes with these 3 escapes plus bonus footwork fitness round.

Décalage + Débordement Workout24 May 2021

20 minute workout to target your legs, technical form, and stepping speed.

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