You can train in kickboxing
for fitness, for fun or as a competitive sport. Savate kickboxing
originated in France around 1830. This stylish art combines effective
hand strikes and dynamic kicks. Look here
for more about the History of Savate.
We have beginners
courses and entry level classes that are safe and enjoyable,
and will teach you the skills you need to progress into one of
our more challenging advanced classes. We also have a junior
class for children aged 8 to 13 years.
Savate was a demonstration sport
in the Paris Olympic Games in 1924. There are many opportunities
to compete, for those who would like to. The Great Britain Savate Federation has an annual
league, see our members page for Academy national champions!
Savate Assaut: The majority of
participants train and compete in assaut, where the emphasis
is on style and technique, and only "touch" contact
is allowed. All touches must be controlled and without force,
and protection is worn to ensure safety.
Savate Combat: A form of competition
for the most experienced fighters. Combat fighters, male and
female, are highly trained athletes, who are scored on technique,
precision, efficiency and fighting spirit.
Several members of the Academy
have represented Great Britain in World and European Championships.
Signe Gundersen (70-76kg) was awarded a bronze medal in the 2006
World Assaut Championships. Other Academy competitors in the
"Worlds" were: Agnès Aubert (under 48kg), instructor
Julie Gabriel (52-56kg), Morgan Alexander (65-70kg), Simon Whitmore
(82-89kg) and Mikael Andersson (over 89kg). For the 2007 European
Championships, Julie and Morgan were again selected to represent
Great Britain. In December 2007, Julie qualified as an international
judge for both assaut and combat.
For more information on savate
classes or personal training in Cambridge, please contact us.
If you would like to know about
training to be a savate instructor, click here
Old style savate looked a little
different, using the out-stretched arm for balance, and to achieve
a slightly longer range. Now, we prefer to protect our heads!