Savate fight winner

Tournaments, events, championships, and meetings are a great way to interact with other Savate practitioners, to travel, and test what you have been learning.

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Types of Savate competition

London Savate trains for, and competes in, many competitions across Europe each season. We have produced several British champions, one European Champion, and one World Champion, in addition to winning medals at club level events. View our events calendar for Savate competitions coming up.


Assaut has unique rules which literally require strikes to be delivered ‘without force’ (sans puissance). This requires high levels of control and requires you to win by invention, strategy, tactics, and fitness, rather than by brute force. Studying Assaut gives athletes the chance at a longer fighting career. 3-5 ringside judges award points for clear, well-formed Savate technique that touches the opponent. Bouts are 3-5 rounds of 1.5 to 2 minutes long, with a minute’s rest.


In Combat fighters seek to damage or KO the opponent using full-contact technique. Superior conditioning and strength define a successful Combat athlete. Bouts may be held at championships, galas, or other events.

Duo / Demonstration.

Some Savate competitions will include a Duo – or paired demonstration – category, in which twp participants co-operate to produce the most pleasing and technically comeptent display.

Canne de Combat.

Canne de Combat Savate competitors try to touch defined targets with a high speed cane strikes, strictly regulated.

Savate rules.

The Federation International (FISav) maintains the Rules of Savate and the Arbitrage (refereeing) Rules (French language, external links).

Recent London Savate World Academy online tactics classes

Drills for fighting a tall opponent (Budapest 2024)06 Mar 20246 drills based on a recent fight. What footwork to practise? Which targets to aim …12Lessonstactics
The Geometry of Handling a Charging Opponent | Training and Analysis08 Feb 2024Training based on a recent fight. 2 combinations plus workouts, lessons, and analysis. Available on …5Lessons, Analysistactics, combinations
Exits (NOT Pursued)10 Dec 20239 rounds of possible exits to combinations. Savate judges are specifically trained, all other things …36Lessonstactics, combinations
Savate Jab Candidates05 Oct 2023Having a jab is an important part of your weaponry when you spar or try …26Lessonstactics
Attack Defend Cycles04 Sep 2023Every attack is rightly followed by a defence, which is then followed by another attack, …41Lessonstactics
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7 Savate Sparring Tactics you should be training05 Dec 20227 ideas to take control of sparring situations, win exchanges, and deal with any type …7Analysistactics
How Tactics Help Win Exchanges05 Dec 2022Watching a fight (European Championships, 2021) and asking what tactics are and how to create …9Analysistactics
My 2022 World Championships, Milan01 Oct 2022Watch the whole of my World Assaut Championships 2022 campaign in Milan, 22-24th September, and …35Analysistactics
Jab Tactics in action04 Feb 2022Explore several different uses of the jab in a Savate ring. Irish Open 2015. James …Analysisboxing, tactics
Jab Tactics04 Feb 20223 ways to use the jab tactically in Savate, French boxing. The jab (direct avant) …35Lessonsboxing, tactics
How to get your hand raised: inside the judges’ scorecard04 Sep 2021You only win a Savate fight if you successfully convince the judges that you did. …8Talkstactics
Developing Sparring Sequences04 Sep 2021For technique that works in sparring and competition, prepare sequences of your best attacks and …36Lessonstactics
Renewed Attacks19 Apr 202138 min Tactical class. Following up your attacks with another in order to put-off your …38Lessonscombinations, tactics
Baiting and Drawing12 Apr 2021How to set up your preferred replies. Here we break down the Yellow Glove skill …39Lessonstactics
3 Set-ups in Savate07 Dec 202050 minute lesson. Can you tell the difference between a set-up and a scoring strike? …50Lessonstactics
Sofa to Savate | 5 Golden Rules of Savate05 Oct 20205 Golden Rules for Savate. This content is available with London Savate World Academy online …5Talkstactics, beginners
Footwork in action10 Sep 2020Take your footwork further. Expert analysis of Savate fights illustrating principles of good footwork on …9Analysisfootwork, tactics
Fight Analysis Workout: Multiple Kicks17 Aug 2020Watch multiple Savate kicks being used effectively in the ring. Talk-along fight analysis PLUS workout. …6Analysistactics, lockdown, kicking
Attack Variety23 Jul 2020Employing different heights, segments, and trajectories tio imrpove our attacks. This content is available with …44Lessonstactics, lockdown
Fight Analysis 10129 Jun 2020Aim To introduce a few fight analysis ideas and explore how we might think as …28Talkstactics, lockdown
Feinting25 Jun 2020Aim To practise and reinforce some of the main ways of feinting, thinking about how …45Lessonstactics, lockdown
Tactical Imagery15 Jun 2020Mental Imagery is a widely used tool for improving sports performance. Generally it is defined …Guidestactics, lockdown
Unpredictability04 May 2020Technique 47 mins | Unpredictable Movement x 3 rounds | Strikes x 3 rounds | …47Lessonstactics, lockdown
Answered: how do I breathe properly when boxing?17 Apr 2020Member question: ‘How do I breathe properly when boxing?’ Answer: This content is available with …2Technical Clipstactics, lockdown
Variety30 Mar 2020Add variety to your combos, footwork, and attacks – Monday 30th March 2020. 32 mins …32Lessonstactics, lockdown