Savate (pronounced sa-vat) is a French combat sport, with effective hand skills, dynamic kicks, mobility and strategy. Savate has a long history, evolving from a combination of French foot-fighting and English boxing, and was a demonstration sport in the Paris Olympic Games in 1924. It is also known as “boxe française”. Savate competitions at the SportAccord World Combat Games are held in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Fédération Internationale de Savate (F.I.Sav). At the next edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games (St. Petersburg, 2013) the Fédération Internationale de Savate will be present with 88 athletes and 3 disciplines:
- Savate Assaut: a kick-punch competition where the scoring is based on the correct delivery of touches, and the style and variety of combinations shown by the athletes. Knock-outs are totally forbidden in Assaut.
- Savate Combat: a kick-punch competition where forceful strikes and knock out are accepted. The scoring is based on the style, precision, effectiveness of the strikes and on the fighting spirit of the athletes.
- Canne de Combat: a form of competition where athletes use a long, light cane. Forceful strikes are forbidden, and padded clothing, gloves and headguards are worn.The third discipline, Canne de Combat (La Canne) is a cane-fighting art consisting of striking techniques, blocks, feints and combinations. Traditionally, it was taught in the same “salles” (gyms) as Savate. It is a long range, graceful art, involving stylish striking and athletic movement.
Savate Weight categories:
Men (6 categories): 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 90kg
Women (4 categories): 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 70kg
Bouts: 3 rounds per match, 2 minutes; each round with 1 minute rest between.International Savate Federation (FISav)