Savate Gradings

The Great Britain Savate Federation Technical Grading Syllabus provides a framework by which to assess the technical capacity of athletes. It considers their ability to perform attacking, defending and counter- attacking techniques and to utilise them in the context of sparring. Grading opportunities are offered at events sanctioned by the GBSF, and gradings are assessed by a panel appropriate to the examination being undertaken.

The Stages of Technical Development

The technical progression consists of six learning grades (four coloured gloves, Yellow and Silver gloves), which fall conceptually into four stages indicating the level of progress of the student. Each grading level has a theme by which the technical evaluation is guided.

InitiationBlue GloveI touch without being touched in reply
InitiationGreen GloveI avoid being touched and touch in reply
RefinementRed GloveI avoid being touched and reply on a different line.
RefinementWhite GloveI touch before I am touched
MasteryYellow GloveI create the opportunity to touch
ExpertiseSilver GloveI can show virtuosity and perform complex combinations

The GBSF recognises and recommends Silver glove levels 1, 2 and 3 granted by FISav or the French Federation .


The coloured gloves (Blue to White) are subdivided into three degrees of competency. The first degree corresponds to partial acquisition of the required technical skills. The second degree indicates that most of the required technical skills are present, and the third level is the complete acquisition of the required skills to pass the grade. It is necessary to achieve the third level before progressing to the next grade. A candidate may be graded either for the full grade or for the individual degree that corresponds to their level of preparation, following the advice of their instructor.

Students in the Refinement stage are recommended to attend judging and refereeing training, in order to enhance their understanding of the sport. Students holding the technical rank of Red Glove or over may begin instructor training.


Last amendment: 07 Aug 2022.

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