Opening Our Doors:

A Savate Academy for the World.

London Savate has been creating creating champions at British, European, and World level since 2004. Now we are sharing the secrets of our success.

In 2020 James started putting training videos online and soon had followers around the world - Korea, South Africa, USA, Portugal, even France. This is world class Savate training for you, wherever you are.
James Southwood high kick

Want to learn Savate

but no club near you?

I often hear from people who want to train in Savate but cannot, because they have no nearby club. I want to change that.

With on-demand classes, workouts, live calls, and video feedback from me, I can be your Savate coach from anywhere. This is your club.

Take a tour.

Inside the Academy.

  • Technical Lessons

    Full length Savate lessons arranged as courses to follow at home. Develop your kicking, boxing, footwork, combinations, tactics and more. New classes added all the time.

  • Fitness Zone

    Extra workout ideas, exercises, and fighter fitness programmes (COMING SOON). From beginner upwards, your guide to getting into competition condition.

  • Personal Feedback

    UNIQUE VIDEO FEEDBACK. Upload your own shadowboxing or sparring videos to get feedback and analysis from a World Champion.

  • Live coaching

    Regular zoom coaching calls for Q&A and progress.

  • Community

    A community of members around the World. Share ideas, find nearby members, discuss technique and progress.

Your Coach

A World Champion in your virtual corner.

Head Coach

James Southwood

James was World Champion 2014, five times World / European finalist and is an International Silver Glove and Savate Professeur. He still competes at international level at age 40 and is ranked World Number 2. With more than 20 years in the art, James has coached national teams, given seminars across the world, and founded the London Savate Club in 2004.

Keep Improving.

Expertise means always being willing to adapt.

The Academy is continuously updated because I have not stopped learning either. That's why I keep adding fresh courses, interactive communities, and the ability to contact me for advice, analysis, and feedback.

How does it work?

Your questions.

  • What does the Academy include?

    The Academy hosts Savate lessons and courses recorded by World Savate Champion James Southwood. They cover all topics from kicking, punching, the footwork, defences, and tactics. There are separate courses giving workout extensions, fitness programmes, and sparring skills development sessions. Follow along at your pace to learn a world class Savate game.

  • Are the lessons live?

    All lessons are recorded so you can watch them back at a time and place that suits you.

    Sept 2020: LIVE ZOOM coaching calls added for your questions, coaching, and to offer support.

  • Do I need a partner?

    You need only some clear, safe space to shadowboxing or hit a bag, a little time, and your commitment.

  • Do I need to be fit?

    Not to start with. The Academy includes fitness programmes and exercises for everyone from beginner upwards.

  • What is Savate?

    Savate Boxe-Française is an elegant form of kick boxing that originated in 1800s France. It is today a clean and efficient ring sport practised around the world. It is ideal for learning to box, getting fit, flexible, and having fun.

  • Do you take beginners?

    YES! We were all beginners once and I am still learning new things after 21 years, so that feeling never quite goes away. We have a dedicated beginner course and new fundamentals training is given regularly. The classes will guide you through the proper form when you are starting out.

  • I have another question!

    I'll be happy to help if you email support at the top or whatsapp me +44 (0)7950 456307.

Dynamic Coaching.

Unique video analysis feedback.

Upload your shadowboxing or sparring to get individual feedback and pointers from James. The Academy isn't a static website you look at once and forget, but an interactive coaching tool that will improve your Savate level.

I would recommend it to everyone

Martin O’Malley, President, Savate Ireland

I have been working with James through the online World Academy and it has definitely made a huge difference in my training. The video classes are excellent in terms of the quality of the presentation but equally they are full of excellent information, breaking down the technique and associated footwork which makes it work. It has been the continuous support around the videos which has made it all come together. The ability to submit shadow boxing and sparing videos for analysis, where James has helped me diagnose my weaknesses and identify my strengths. This being followed up with regular video calling where he guided me through the development of a personalised training plan to capitalise on my strengths. I am delighted that I chose to join the World Academy and I would recommend it to everyone to get involved with the Academy and with James.

James' passion clearly comes through

David Cross, Indianapolis

James' passion for the art of Savate clearly comes through. The content is highly engaging, calorie burning, and will give you an in-depth look at the techniques of Savate. I've been working with James for a little over a month now, and he has been highly responsive to all of my questions, and he offers a large amount of depth on Savate techniques and strategies. I would highly recommend this online course. I have found it very useful, even though I am viewing the material from overseas.

Fantastic set of Savate resources!

Lizzy - former European Savate Champion

I want to applaud James for this fantastic set of Savate resources! Even when my wi-fi stopped me streaming a lesson, there's enough good content in the fitness section to give me a really good workout. Nice one!

Become a member today.

And get full access to our growing list of courses, live Zoom Q&A, and unique video analysis feedback feature.

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Take the Academy for a test drive.

Meet the coach, try out a few lessons, do a few kicks, and build up a sweat. All for free.