London Savate World Academy


A Savate Academy you can join from anywhere.

James Southwood Savate coach
James Southwood
2014 World Savate Champion.

Savate is an elegant kickboxing sport. I have profited greatly from training and competing over the last 22 years. Savate is aesthetic, effective, and fun. The only trouble: unless you live in certain (mainly European) areas, or have a Savate coach visit, it is not possible to train.

I want to change that.

Common obstacles to starting Savate

  • Hard to find a club. Not every town has a Savate centre to join.
  • Few bona fide coaches. Many have a limited exposure to Savate.
  • Misinformation. Youtube is full of poor quality or misleading Savate tutorials.
  • If you don’t speak French you miss out on a lot of instruction.

The answer

I am using 15 years of Savate teaching experience to give you full-length lessons on every theme to follow along at your own pace and style.

  • Former World Champion Savate Silver Glove coach.
  • Recorded classes you can do anytime.
  • English language instruction.
  • Accessible anywhere you have internet connection.

Watch a class for free

Never be stuck for training again.

Online library

Over 150 videos on every theme: tactics, kicks, boxing, defences, combinations, footwork. Search by category, tag, or keyword.


Structured courses to improve your flexibility, footwork, fitness, or cover the foundations.

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Get fit and flexible by adding my 20-30min workouts to your training.

New content monthly

New lessons added every month. Always have something fresh to do.

You have struck gold!

If you are in search of a clear path to learn the art of Savate, then you have struck gold. This course goes beyond anything that I have encountered to date, a full program both technically sound and physically measured, led by a true ambassador of the art of Savate.
South Africa

Yes. The World Academy online grading system assesses candidates to the same high standard as in-person grading. You need a partner for the grading itself, even if you usually train solo.

All the Academy classes are recorded, which means you do not need to wait for a certain start time, you can do them when you want, and return to the same class to perfect your technique.

Yes. All members can message/email me for support or to ask questions. Under the Gold plan you can submit videos to me for review and set-up an online meeting once per month to check progress and go over your aims.

After your free trial, billing is monthly on the credit card you gave when you signed up.

You can cancel your subscription any time under ‘my account’ and you won’t be charged again. Your access will last to the next billing cycle.

No. Just some safe space to box in and some shoes you are comfortable training in (Savate is a shoe-fighting art). If you have a kick bag or a partner, all the better, but these are not needed.

An absolute recommendation!

Clear, to-the-point and easy to understand. James is a skilled instructor. His lessons are pleasant and professional as well. An absolute recommendation!

We have rediscovered our enthusiasm!

As both coach and students, we have rediscovered our enthusiasm as a club. We are all looking forward to new era for our club with your program.

Fantastic set of Savate resources!

I want to applaud James for this fantastic set of Savate resources! Nice one!
European Savate Champion

James’ passion clearly comes through.

James has been highly responsive to all of my questions, and he offers a large amount of depth on Savate techniques and strategies.

Wonderful learning platform.

Helped to bridge the gap during Covid and to perfect several technical points.

Thank you for setting up this wonderful learning platform and to keep it alive and regularly updated ! Definitely The Best online resource to keep training and progress in Savate.

Joining the Academy today is risk free.

Start your 7-day completely free trial.



  • Access to the library over 150 on-demand Savate lessons and workouts to do any time.
  • Structured courses to develop your Savate footwork, fitness, defences, flexibility, etc.
  • Email and text support, to answer questions and keep on track.
  • Exclusive new content. Lessons & workouts added every month.

Gold Membership


  • Everything on the Academy plus:
  • Personal coaching. A 30 min video coaching call every month.
  • My eyes on your technique. Submit videos for review and feedback.