Boxe-Francaise Savate classes in Central London


Boxe-Française Savate is an efficient style of kickboxing from France often noted for its elegance.

At the London Savate club we offer regular classes and beginners' courses in Assaut Savate - technical kickboxing. Classes concentrate on skill and conditioning but also on play, building up a sweat and having fun. Our training takes place near Waterloo and London Bridge, Central London, SE1, close to major transport links.

What is Savate?

Savate (pronounced Suh-vat) is an elegant form of combat. It dates from the early 1800s and is a mixture of French kicking and English boxing, making it a rare European martial art. The strikes are taught to be precise, effective and fluid.

Savate was formalised in 1830 when a French fighter was, reportedly, beaten by an English boxer and merged the best of each style to create Boxe-Francaise. The art was nearly extinguished with the casualties of two World Wars, but today enjoys a resurgence with a worldwide following.

Will it hurt?

No. Our training is about tactics and angles - not hitting hard. In Assaut Savate the successful fighter wins through inventive techniques, not by brute force.

Do I need to be fit?

Not to start with. But you will get fitter and better conditioned by training with us. We are happy to welcome you whatever your shape, size and level of experience.

A Savate workout will benefit:

  • cardio-vascular fitness
  • flexibility and suppleness
  • balance and co-ordination
  • core strength
  • self-confidence and awareness

How do I start?

Come and take a one month trial at our classes near Waterloo and London Bridge, Central London SE1. The class is very welcoming and we train to the highest level. Read about training in Savate.

I hope to train with you soon.


James Southwood
London Savate Senior Instructor
British Champion, World Bronze medallist and former European Vice-Champion in Savate Assaut

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