The syllabus is based on six physical ranges, five specific to the natural arms. The skills cover hitting, grappling and restraining. Collectively it is an educational collection of disciplines that develops the ability to plan and adapt skills to the task at hand while encouraging intuitive improvisation.
RANGE AND DISTANCE
Range and distance is analysed as a physical range and a predicament distance. There are six physical ranges while the predicament distance covers three fields of engagement.
1. Weapon Weapon engagement range.
2. Lower limbs Leg engagement range.
3. Upper limbs Arm engagement range.
4. Envelopment Within grasp of both hands.
5. Traversing One exponent upright, one grounded.
6. Ground Both exponents on the ground.
The predicament distance is where range is exaggerated by the emotional and adrenaline alerted-consciousness relative to the level of the violence. It is in this heightened state that deceptions can easily influence the outcome. This predicament distance covers three fields of engagement.
ACTIONS OF LAST RESORT
An action-of-last-resort is an opportunity, where the exponent is being threatened by an armed opponent and is in fear of their life.
PLAN, ADAPT, IMPROVISE
Savate is a game of chance, where preparation, skill and deception play an important role. The savateur must interpret, distract and mislead the opponent to gain opportunity time. Knowledge is confidence, so plan, adapt, and improvise.