Savate is a contemporary and dynamic craft of personal combat with a long and vibrant history. From its street-fighting origins it has evolved from the science of fencing, developing skills as diverse as aristocratic self-defence to counterterrorist unarmed combat.
The term savate (savat) means ‘old shoe’ and originally referred to the disdained old shoe so often used in street fighting. Today, generally, it expresses that all athletic movement articulates from the feet.
‘Savate Resistance’ is a hitting, grappling and restraining system in which the feet play a major strategic role. It has been honed from a Mediterranean ‘Chausson’ style revised with World War II unarmed combat of the Resistance and defined into a systematic, modular-based syllabus. Integrated with its unique weaponry it offers a time–tested collection of disciplines for self-defence, recreation and personal enrichment.