Savate Cambridge
Savate Cambridge

Welcome to Savate Cambridge!

Savate (pronounced 'Sa-vat' and also known as Boxe Française) is an effective fighting sport from France. We have regular classes and beginners' courses in Cambridge at St Bede's Sports Hall and Gym.


Savate is an efficient, tactical method of fighting using the feet and hands. One clear difference from other kick-punch sports is that savateurs wear light-weight boots. This comes from our history, traceable to the early part of the 19th century.

During the first half of the 1800's, Charles Lecour combined English Boxing with French foot-fighting taken from the old street fighting methods of 'savate' (a slang term for 'old shoe' or 'old boot'), and the more flamboyant style of 'Chausson' (the name of a sailor's deck shoe).

Nowadays, Savate is made up of two inseparable parts: Savate Boxe and Savate Defence. Savate Boxe is one-on-one fighting, in a ring with a referee, judges and rules, wearing Savate gloves and boots. Savate Defence has no rules, however, as it is a method of all-in fighting for self-defence.

Our Savate classes concentrate on kicking and punching skills, mobility, defence and tactics. You can build up your fitness and progress at your own pace. We include 'sparring skills' for anyone who would like to learn to spar, as well as sparring sessions for intermediate and advanced students.


Several members of the Academy have represented Great Britain in European and World Championship competitions. We regularly participate in the Great Britian championships, and international open events in Budapest, Castlebar, Helsinki and Paris.


In addition, we offer classes in Savate's sister art: Canne de Combat. It is an exciting and dynamic form of cane-fighting, consisting of striking techniques, blocks, feints and combinations. It is a long range, graceful art, involving stylish striking and athletic movement. Our Canne classes include Canne de Combat, Baton and Canne Chausson. Canne de Combat Participants wear padded clothing and safety equipment in competition.


Latest News

Keep track of our latest activities

Tiger Cubs Grading


Members of the Tiger Cubs junior section can take part in promotional testing.

Cherry Hinton Festival


As a locally-based club, we  were invited to put on a demo in the Community Performance Arena. Sixteen members of the the club participated, including Savate Tiger Cubs.

Savate Cambridge t-shirts


Club t-shirts and vests are now available. Ask Ollie or Julie for information.

Canne de Combat course


Introductory classes for adult beginners on Tuesdays. More information

Savate Course


Introductory course for adult beginners on Tuesday evenings from 7th March 2023. More information


Wheelchair Canne


If you would like to try an iexciting new sport, we would be delighted to introduce you to wheelchair cane fencing – a form of Canne de Combat. Tuesday evenings at St Bede's.

Jacob & Anna in the World Combat Games

Riyadh 2023

Jacob representing Great Britain and CAMA took a silver medal in the mixed team Canne de Combat. Anna representing Finland and CAMA took a bronze medal in the individual womens Canne de Combat.



Get fit, and have fun at the same time 
Taking bookings now for a course beginning on Mondays in January 2024

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We have classes at:

St Bede's School

Sports Hall & Gym

Birdwood Road



Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings

Beginning Savate or Canne

We offer courses for beginners (see Beginning Savate in the menu), but you are welcome to start at any time. 


We currently offer new trainees a flexible three night trial costing just £10. To book your trial, please email us :, or if you prefer to speak with someone, please call our Senior Instructor, Ollie Batts, on 077 09 814 422

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