Savate sets

To be practiced first with PPE then with pads

Punches are the same as Boxing:


Kicks use the French terms:

Fouette – round kick
Chas – thrust kick – side thrust – Kekome
Chas frontal – front kick
Revers – hook kick
Revers frontal – crescent kick
Pied – ankle sweep

Bas – lo/leg
Median – middle/torso
Figure – hi/head

Set 1

jab, jab, lo cross, fouette – bas, r bas, figure

jab, cross, fou bas, r fou fig, chas bas, spin rev fig

jab, hook, r fou bas, rev, spin chas bas

jab, cross, chas bas, spin revers

jab, cross, hook, h fouett, lo rear fo bas, front chas

set 2

jab, chas front, hi fouette, lo rear fouette

jab, cross, jab – r chas pied, chas bas, spin rev

Jab, pied bas, chas bas, revers, cross, fouette figure

jab, f bas – fouette, C, J, dis chas

fou lo/hi, cross, jab, r fou bas, chas front

Set 3 def set:

against jab, cross – parry, slip
lo/hi hook, cross, fouette bas, spin revers

rear fouette – esquive, parade, fouette rear bas, f bas,
cross, fouette fig

rear chas front – soto uke, cross, fou bas, fig

lead fouette – esquive, r cut bas, jab, cross, fouette bas (guard)

lead chas front – ged bar, pied sweep, fou fig, pied

r fouette, esquived – chas
r fouette, esquived – revers chas

chas fouette – blocked:
1. drift hi revers frontal
2. chas bas to rear leg
3. displace fouette to rear leg

Savate Set 4

– J, C, H – rev

– J, C H – r fou sweep – chas bas stamp

– C, J – fou bas – dis jump chas

– J, lo C, J, J – r front chas

– J, J – chas, chas bas, fou – J, C

– J, J, C – r fou, chas – sweep

– J, C – r rev, fou – fou – C

– J, C, H – fou, ch – C, H

Savate Set 5

– lo/hi rev – chas med – J, C

– fou, chas bas – U, RH, J – r fou

– r fou chas bas – fou – J, C, U

– Chas, lo chas, Rev, fou – C, U, C, J

– lo/hi/lo J – lo fou – Rev sweep

– J, C, lo H, RH, J – sweep

– lo J, LC, H,RH – rev, fou

– fou – J, C, H – sp chas, lat rev

Savate Set 6 – Kick Set

– Chas bas, rev – lo hi fouette – spin rev

– Rev, fou, chas – fou (free kar)

– lo chas, fou, rev – chas med

– Fou bas x 3 – front, blocked, rear

– R chas fr – S punch

– Double pursue – chas, chas bas

– front chas, chas bas, jump chas

– Lo feint – Rev, chas, chas bas dub – sweep

How the progressive kicks are added and taught in context in the first two Savate sets:

fouette – round kick – whip kick
median, bas, figure
lead, rear
box stance, chamber, frappe

1. jab, jab, lo cross, fouette – bas, r bas, figure
2. jab, cross, fou bas, r fou fig

chas – thrust kick – side kick
median, bas
lead, spin

2a. jab, cross, fou bas, r fou fig, chas bas, spin rev fig
3. jab, hook, r fou bas, rev, spin chas bas

lead, spin
median, bas, figure

4. jab, cross, chas bas, spin revers

staying in box stance, frontal kicks

chas frontal

5. jab, cross, hook, h fouett, lo rear fo bas, front chas
6. jab, chas front, hi fouette, lo rear fouette

chas bas frontal – angled

7. jab, cross, jab – r chas bas front, chas bas, spin rev

revers frontal

8. Jab, r chas bas front, chas bas, revers, cross, fouette figure

one more kick to be covered:
pied de tierre – sweep kick

this appears in the def sets

9. switch kick fouette and chas frontal from rear left

10. the displacement rear chas

As we progress into the new year and Season I am updating the comments on the Savate sets and will be using the same explanations in Class

For existing Seniors this is some revision and some more depth and insight, for new Members it is what they will be learning for the first time, as they practice and spar with experienced fighters

ABC is Attack By Combination

Savate Set One Number One

1. jab, jab, lo cross, fouette – bas, r bas, figure

Box set 2 Number One is the ABC J,J then J, J, C

The first henka is to use a low cross
We also practice the Long Cross on it’s own
We practice the long low cross, gyaku tsuki in Karate on it’s own
The long low cross avoids the gloves on the highline, you step outside the opponent’s gloves as you drop – the KALI V step on the Fang
We also use the advancing step in this drill

In boxing the Jab and Cross are usually followed by the Hook – we see this is Box Set 2 Number 2
J, C, H
then RU
then C

In Savate Set One Number One we now do the low lead fouette
The Cross is thrown from the front stance, we pull back to the side stance, not to throw the hook punch, but the low fouette
This is as in karate, Gyaku Tsuki, pull back Mawashi geri – this can also be done GZ to Uraken backfist in Karate

The second low fouette, with the rear leg, is followed by the left high foutte
Fouette Bas to Fouette Figure

This set introduces the Fouette round kick, the whip kick

Set One Number Two

2. jab, cross, fou bas, r fou fig, chas bas, spin rev fig

We now start with Jab, Cross, as can be seen in the Box Sets

Box Set Two Number Two is
J, C, H, U, C

In Savate Set 1.1 we used the fouette bas to the lead leg
In 1.2 we use it to the rear leg
The J,C takes us forward into range so we can land this kick
If we wanted to SDA the kick it would not work due to the time, distance and telegraph – we need to PIA
Rather than H as in Boxing, we fouette
This is an example of how to PDA in KB

The low fouette is followed by a high rear fouette

In 1.1 we did rear low, lead high -in 1.2 we do lead low, rear high
This is the same as 2 count in Kali
An example of Kali Weapons principles being used in KB Unarmed

We now do a Chas Bas, low side kick to the leg
This introduces the Chas thrust kick
It also introduces the Concept of Displacement

Finally the Spin Back Kick, introduced for the first time

This set uses techniques in all directions and variations
Punch and Kick
Left and Right
High and Low
Straight and Curved

it becomes extremely hard for the opponent to follow the sequence, defend and counter

The foundation for the ability to control strikes and blocks at this range, using kicks, comes from the Weapons training

Savate Set One Number Three

3. jab, hook, r fou bas, rev, spin chas bas

Box Set 2 number 2 is J, C, H

In Savate 1.3 We start with J, then H – the C is either a fake or discarded, or rather implied – this takes us to the outside line
We then drop in a rear fouette bas to the lead leg
Moving back we make a kick to the high line, a fouette or revers to the glove
We then spin and drop in the low chas to the same lead leg

This set introduces the Concept for powerful low leg destructions, techniques to apply maxmimum for to the kicks
Marriage Of Gravity from Kempo

PIA using the C, a major move on the straight line to let in the power hook
PIA using a kick on the high line to let in the low power kick

Savate Set One Number Four

4. jab, cross, chas bas, spin revers

Start with Jab, Cross, keep at longest hand range
Displace back and chas bas
Concept of Longest Weapon to Closest Target
Revers, spin hook kick to KO

The concept of a straight low blow to a high KO – low cross to hi hook is the same thing in application

This set introduces the Revers

Kempo Concept of
Where a line ends a circle begins
Where a circle ends a line begins

Savate set One Number Five

jab, cross, hook, h fouett, lo rear fouette bas, front chas

J, C, H as entry, same as box set 2.2
In box 2.2 we follow with U, here we keep long range by using long looping H
pull back to fouette figure, hi round kick
low rear fouette bas
left thrust kick front – chas frontal

this set introduces the front thrust kick Chas Fontal, so far we have just done the Chas, which is the side kick, and the spin back version – this is with the left leg, the lead switch

we land the hook then the fouette to the same target

In the combination round kicks, based on Kali 2 Count, we have been doing low to high – in this set we see the first example of hi to low with the fouette

after the fouette bas we jump switch back the lead leg to make it a powerful Chas of what is then the left rear leg

this is the same as Thai Set Two where we jump the lead leg back for the Tiip Push Kick
In Thai 2 it is the opening move, in Savate 1.5 it is the closing move

In Karate, the Mae Geri front kick is the first kick learnt of the primary four kicks
In Savate the Chas side kick, called Kekome in Karate, is learnt first and considered more important
In Thai, the Dte round kick is the primary weapon, with the Tiip front punch kick being a method to push the opponent back to set up the Dte

Karate uses the concept of Keage Snap and Kekome thrust for it’s kicks – Yoko Geri Kekome is the side thrust kick, though it is most commonly referred to as simple Kekome, the Japanese word for Chas

The Savate fouette whip kick is a kind of mawashi geri keage, as it whips and snaps round
The Thai Dte is more like a mawashi geri Kekome as it thrusts in with the hip and uses the shin, without a knee whip

Savate is longer range, boot range
Thai is medium, shin range

Savate Set Two Number One

jab, chas front, hi fouette, lo rear fouette

After entering with the Jab, we do a rear chas frontal
Hi fouette followed by rear chas fouette

We now use the front thrust kick from the rear leg, the right leg
the front thrust kick leads to the round kick, as seen in Thai and Karate

we have the use of the hi fouette to the low rear fouette, same as in 1.5

in this sequence of 3 kicks, the chas is the last not first of the three

if the opponent is retreating, the chas/fouette are a great example of double pursuing kick
the finishing fouette can then drop in hard as in set 1.3

Savate Set Two Number Two

jab, cross, jab – r chas pied, chas bas, spin rev

Opening is same as Box Set One Number One J, C, C

Rear Chas pied – the oblique stamp kick to the thigh
displace to chas bas then spin revers

the finish two moves are the same as 1.4, in fact this could be viewed as 1.4 with the j, pied inserted

the fighting stance remains the same and the body does not need to turn as there are no fouette kicks – this makes the movement hard to track and non telegraphic – only on the last move do we see the spin revers and the whole body whips round

this introduces the oblique – it is essentially a chas frontal, done below the hip the lower leg and boot turn to the oblique angle

the pied/chas combination is similar to Kempo Prance of the Tiger, with these two kicks being done to the led leg due to displacement, while Kempo kicks both legs

Kempo concept is to get closer, more to trapping range, Savate stays out at long kick range
Kempo is Medio/Serrada, Savate is Largo in kali terms

Savate Set two Number Three

Jab, pied bas, chas bas, revers, cross, fouette figure

The jab and Pied again, this time as the opening move, with no J/C before, and with the chas bas after

we introduce the revers frontal, the crescent kick, as a figure strike, or to open the gloves

At this point the fighting stance has not changed, as in the 2.2

we now add cross and fouette – again the Karate gz/maw combination
movement of stance from fighting to front to side

The combination kick of pied, chas, revers is one of the trickier ones to perfect in Savate

Savate Set Two Number Four

Jab, f bas – fouette, C, J, dis chas or rear f, chas front

The fast jab and the fast fouette bas – longest weapon to lowest target again

Done as a combination, this teaches that either of these weapons can be used to enter and gain that first strike, just as a Fencing “jab”
If the opponent moves back from the Jab, then the fouette “jab” kick becomes a new entry

Fouette Bas, fouette figure
we now see the low and high fouette done on the same leg, same side – previously we alternated legs
use the floor to spring on the second kick

C/J straight punches – this is mainly to keep distance rather than used as a KO, unless the opening and timing is perfect

close with the rear fouette and chas frontal as in 1.5

the unusual combination of lead jab to rear fouette – this is seen in Box Set 7, aka KB set one, which is JJ, rear round kick

Savate Set Two Number Five

Fou lo/hi, cross, jab, r fou bas, chas front

Note that the previous 9 sets lead with a jab, this set leads with the fouette bas, the “jab” kick – the concept of not needing the jab, or being at a distance and opportunity to lead with the fouette applies

in a Street fight, the kick may be with shoes or even steel caps, and also to the knee joint/cap, inside leg, or up into the groin

the final move is the displacement chas median, to the body
set 1.2 introduced chas bas with lead left leg, and the median kick is the same mechanics on a higher line in essence
this kick could also be Bas if needed

the rear kekome would be the worst, slowest and hardest to apply in a Karate fight, and is usually practiced as part of the Kumite sets – If the opponent takes a step with his left leg and you take one with yours, at that point, given the position of the right rear leg, that would be the longest weapon to closest target if we are thrusting the flat of the boot in the sideways position to the mass of the body

NOTE: the closing move of 2.4 and 2.5 can be interchanged – after the C/J punches, either the chas dis or fou/chas can be used and would depend on the opponent’s response as well as how the fighter feels in that moment

Set 3 def set:

against jab, cross – parry, slip
lo/hi hook, cross, fouette bas, spin revers

rear chas front – soto uke, cross, fou bas, fig

lead chas front – ged bar, pied sweep, fou fig, pied

rear fouette – esquive, parade, fouette rear bas, f bas,
cross, fouette fig

lead fouette – esquive, r cut bas, jab, cross, fouette bas (guard)

Savate set 3.1

against jab, cross – parry, slip
lo/hi hook, cross, fouette bas, spin revers

The opponent attacks J/C

In box set 4 we circular parry the jab into our own C, the combo being C, H, C
In this set we circular parry and use the forward motion to slip outside the attacker’s cross
use the glove to cover
the move is like the outside parry in Kempo, used to set up the strike combo

In box set we have J/C/H/U – the hook gets us into close range were we stay and use the RU
In KB we want to get out to long punch range or kick range

In KB set 2 use the J/C/H/C combo
this sets up J/C/H/ sok where the last C becomes the sok elbow
as well as the backfist set where the last C is the jump C
here we have the opponent JC, we double H, then C

Low/Hi hooks – hit body, bounce to head
This is a box ABC and can end the fight at this point

Move back to kick range with fouette bas, longest weapon to closest target
Spin revers to finish

Savate Set 3.2

Rear chas front – soto uke, cross, fou bas, fig

Attack is rear leg front thrust kick, either to ab or chest
block soto uke and return a C to attacker’s face – this can end the fight with a KO
kick lo fouette to leg that has just landed
hi fouette to head with rear leg

Using the soto uke/gz from Karate
the lo/hi kick combo again

Variation is to do the second kick to the body, then add a spin revers to head – a true triple kick ABC that actually works in real time

Savate set 3.3

lead chas front – ged bar, pied sweep, fou fig, pied

Attack is lead leg snap kick
Low parry block and sweep as leg lands – this can send the attacker down, to be finished with a stamp, punch, Ground Kempo sequence
The block and sweep is similar to the De Ashi Harai as in Judo, and seen in Karate

If attacker retains balance, land high fouette to head or body, finish with chas bas thigh stamp

In Savate de la Rue, the last move is a leg break, can be a knee stamp

Another example where we stay in Fighting Stance and do not twist into other stances, nor step through with rear leg to opposite lead

Unusually there are no hand strikes or punches

Savate set 3.4

rear fouette – esquive, parade, fouette rear bas, f bas,
cross, fouette fig

The attack is a rear round kick which retracts back and not step through
Esquive means avoid or escape
Slip step to right perfectly lines up the outside thigh for a fouette
we see this in Karate Trad set 4, the block takes the attacking leg past us to give us the outer leg target
we also see this in the Karate Sweep series, number 7, the slip step, setting up the sweep to the outside leg

We make a Parade cover/block/shield with the arm and glove a a reference as we move away

In kali terms, all Savate kicks are witik because they retract, whereas a Thai kick is a lobtik
with a step through kick, it is like a step and witik, with a retract kick it is like a witik off the rear hand

In 3.2 we followed the soto uke/gz with the kick to the low line
here we esquive and kick the low line

A slip, bob and weave are technically esquives in Savate, though we more specifically use the term to defend the low line and when using kicks

In Thai a thigh dte is defended with a Kaak shield
In savate a sweep is defended by the same movement, an esquive to remove the ankle from the path of the kick
In KOPPO this is Hichu Kamae as seen in the Kihon Happo

After the second kick to the inside, we follow with a C and hi fouette

In Set 1.1 we followed the low C with the triple kick fouette bas, r fouette bas, hi fouette
in this set we use R fou bas, fou bas, C, hi fouette
the gz/maw as seen in Karate again

Savate set 3.5

lead fouette – esquive, r cut bas, jab, cross, fouette bas

Attack is lead fouette
Esquive to opposite side, cover with Parade
Land inside fouette to support leg
this can have the effect of sending the attacker down and can be used as a sweep as in Karate

Once attacker lands we throw the J/C double thrust punch to the chest or head as in 2.4 and 2.5

If the opportunity to land a KO is there at this point we would take it

Powerful inside fouette to lead landed leg

The concept of CUTTING the support leg appears in Karate and Thai, though a simple SDA, is advanced due to the distance and timing involved DO-AI and MA-AI

The target is to take out both Vastus Ben points with hard fouette bas, maximised by the stepping and turning

Directional Harmony
Marriage Of Gravity