Savate Kicks | Fencing with the feet

Fencing with the Feet

Savate kicks, unlike those in kickboxing, Thai boxing or MMA, are delivered with the boot. It is a shoe fighting art and students learn to use each part of the shoe as a weapon. More emphasis is placed on kicks than punches in Savate and several rules in competition ensure fighters are, all else being equal, rewarded more for kicking than punching technique. Savate kicks can only strike with the shoe. Shins and knees are forbidden. The trajectory is also important and certain trajectories are not allowed.

Names of Savate kicks


Literally ‘Whip’ kick. The kicking action is made around the knee joint. Striking with: toes or top of the shoe, foot extended. The final trajectory must be lateral. (Never swung forwards).


Literally to ‘drive away’. Stamping using a piston action and hitting at full extension, using the heel to keep an opponent at distance.
Lateral: hips sideways on.
Frontal: hips front facing.


Reverse kick. The reverse arc of the fouetté from outside-in, striking with sole or blade of the shoe.
Lateral: hips sideways on.
Frontal: hips front facing.

Coup de pied bas (balayage)

Literally low strike (sweep). Either striking forwards or outside-to-inside. Can be used to upend an opponent’s. Striking with: inside blade of the shoe, below the knee of the adversary.

The Federation International publishes a rule book which describes legal Savate technique (French language, external link).

Example kick: Chassé Frontal, demonstrated by head coach James Southwood.

Recent London Savate World Academy online kicking classes

Scoring Combination: Bottom of the ‘Sea’04 Jan 202139 minutes. Learn a scoring combination that works from distance and watch it in action …39Lessonscombinations, kicking
World Academy 100-kick workout28 Dec 2020Here it is. Our popular and easy-to-follow 100 kick workout. A short 27 minute training …27Lessons, Workoutsbeginners, kicking
Balayage Combination ‘Stirring the Coffee’30 Nov 202040 minute lesson. Learn an effective Savate combination taken from a real fight. Includes movement …40Lessonscombinations, kicking
Hitting the High Notes – Savate Kick Flexibility06 Nov 2020Kick higher! Our 4-week course for building flexibility, leg strength, and high kicks. 12 videos …Coursesflexibility, kicking
Sofa to Savate | Kicking up to Waist Height12 Oct 2020Sofa to Savate is great if you are looking to start the elegant and effective …23Lessonsflexibility, kicking
Chassé Fundamentals20 Aug 2020Aims To introduce the Chassé kick, put it into different attacks, and strengthen the muscles …45Lessonsbeginners, kicking
Fight Analysis Workout: Multiple Kicks17 Aug 2020Watch multiple Savate kicks being used effectively in the ring. Talk-along fight analysis PLUS workout. …6Analysiskicking, tactics
Décalage + kick11 Aug 2020Aims To find new angles for kicks using décalage and have a good leg workout. …43Lessonskicking
Revers Combinations10 Aug 2020Aims To have a good workout improving how we use the revers kick in a …43Lessonscombinations, kicking
Chassé Frontal04 Aug 2020Aims To explore and get better at using chassé frontal. Contents Warm-up. 1. End with …43Lessonskicking
Turning kicks21 Jul 2020Aims To improve our technical basis for doing turning or spinning Savate kicks. Contents Warm-up. …44Lessonskicking
Low kicks09 Jul 2020Aims To offer 3 different uses for low kicks. Contents Warm-up. Part 1: Fouetté bas. …47Lessonskicking
Chassé Combinations30 Jun 2020Aim To practise some combinations using chassé so as to improve how we use it …40Lessonscombinations, kicking
Chassé d’Arrêt18 Jun 2020Technique 48 mins | Warm-up | Chassé frontal | Chassé lateral | Chassé bas | …48Lessonsdefences, kicking
Higher Kicks11 Jun 2020Technique 45 mins | Warm-up | High fouetté | High revers lateral | High frontal …45Lessonskicking
Fouetté02 Jun 2020Technique 43 mins | Warm-up | Fouetté + direct| Fouetté + hook/upper | Fouetté + …43Lessonskicking
Lateral / Frontal28 May 2020Technique 51 mins | Longer warm-up with kicks | Blue Glove Direct + chassé combination …51Lessonskicking
Workout – kick control10 May 2020This world-class Savate training content is available with London Savate World Academy Online Membership . …7Workoutsflexibility, kicking
Coup de Pied Bas28 Apr 2020Technique 37 mins | Coup de Pied bas / Balayage technique | Blue, Green, and …37Lessonskicking
Revers20 Apr 2020Technique 37 mins | Revers Frontal | Revers Lateral | Disturbing Guard | Revers tournant …37Lessonskicking
Double Kicks13 Apr 2020Double Kicks – 13th April 2020. 45 mins | Double kicks | Changing heights | …45Lessonskicking
Chassé06 Apr 2020Chassé – 6th April 2020. 40 mins | Chassé stretch | Combinations | Defend Chassé …40Lessonskicking
Multiple Kicks23 Mar 2020Multiple kicks are a staple of good Savate. Especially in Assaut. – Filmed live outdoors …41Lessonskicking