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Alternative / Sports / Beginner
  • Shoulders
  • Obliques
  • Groin
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Traps
  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Forearms
  • Abs
  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Triceps
  • Lats
  • Middle Back
  • Lower Back
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Hip Flexors
  • Outer Thighs
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How to do the Savate - Learn Proper Savate Form

  1. Step 1: Savate or French Boxing is between two people. You are only allowed to do 4 different types of kicks and punches.
  2. Step 2: Firstly you need to keep you hands up to protect your head. Your body should be slightly hunched over, knees bent, and you should be light on your feet.
  3. Step 3: Punches you are allowed to throw (in competition); jab punch (a punch with a your lead hand), cross punch (a punch with your rear hand), Hook (a punch with either hand but your arm is bent), and an Uppercut (an upwards punch).
  4. Step 4: Kicks you are allowed to throw (in competition); Roundhouse kick (make contact with the toe), Piston Kick (Side kick), Reverse kick (hit the opponent with the sole of your foot), Low kick (kick the opponents shin). You are also allowed to use knees.
  5. Step 5: No matter what punch or kick you throw you need to set your opponent up and at the same time defend yourself from being hit.
  6. Step 6: When punching you need to keep your knees bent, body compact, and put your weight behind the punch. Be accurate with your punches. Set up combinations of punches and kicks.
  7. Step 7: It is important that when you kick you have great balance and that you are able strike your opponent with force. Make sure that you do not leave yourself open for a counter attack when striking with a kick.
  8. Step 8: Match can continue for the desired amount of time or strikes for points.

Savate Variations and Savate Alternatives

  1. Variation 1: Boxing

Savate Tips

  1. Tip 1: Stay light on your feet and read your opponent. Try to spot is tells and be ready to attack if the opening occurs.
  2. Tip 2: Make sure to wear proper protection when competing.

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Savate Muscles Worked

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Secondary Muscles
Muscles front back Obliques blue Groin blue Chest blue Neck blue Traps blue Shoulders blue Biceps blue Forearms blue Abs blue Quads blue Calves blue Triceps blue Lats blue Middleback blue Lowerback blue Glutes blue Hamstrings blue Hipflexors blue Outerthighs blue Shoulders orange

Savate Equipment

Savate Training Details

The savate is a alternative and sports exercise that primarily targets the shoulders and to a lesser degree also targets the obliques, groin, chest, neck, traps, shoulders, biceps, forearms, abs, quads, calves, triceps, lats, middle back, lower back, glutes, hamstrings, hip flexors, and outer thighs.

The only savate equipment that you really need is the following: boxing gloves. There are however many different savate variations that you can try out that may require different types of savate equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper savate form is easy with the step by step savate instructions, savate tips, and the instructional savate technique video on this page. The savate is a n/a exercise for those with a beginner level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the savate video, learn how to do the savate, and then be sure and browse through the savate workouts on our workout plans page!

Savate Sports

Savate Force Type: N/A
Savate Mechanics Type: Compound
Savate Other Names: French Boxing, french kickboxing

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