Savate, also known as French Boxing, is a martial art that originated in France. In its modern form, both feet and fists are used in competitions. This type of boxing is closely related to kickboxing, except that participants wear shoes since the word “savate” refers to the heavy shoes that were worn at the time.
In its earliest form, the knees and elbows are also used, as well as throws and stick handling. Another feature of traditional Savate, as taught at Académie Serei, is swinging the arms to initiate leg movement and to assist in balance the way they did it in the old days. We also teach a practical version of Savate, more for use in self-defense than for competition.