European Savate Assaut Championships 2017

On 6-7th October 2017, nine British athletes (3 women, 6 men) travelled to Loverval, Belgium, to test their ability against the best fighters from across Europe. Accompanied by world-renowned judge/referee Jasbir NAGI, the Team GB presence at the competition was one of skill and success.

Four bronze medals were won, and all athletes fought fantastically, showing off their true talent in the ring!

F52 SINYARD Ally (London Savate)
F60 Bronze FROSINI Sian-Marie (City Combat)
F70 Bronze ALEXANDER Morgan (Cambridge Savate)
M56 BUSHAWAY George (Bowe Boxe / London Savate)
M60 ALDERSON Ben (Cambridge Savate)
M65 PLAISTOWE James (London Savate / Guildford Savate)
M75 ANTILL James (Guildford Savate)
M80 Bronze SOUTHWOOD James (London Savate)
M85 Bronze WHEELER Judah (London Savate)

Team member Ally Sinyard reports on her experience at her first European Championships:

“When friends and family ask me how I got on at the Euros,

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Silver glove success!

James Southwood reports:
In the first week of July 2017, it was my privilege to attend a week-long seminar – or stage – in Boulouris, on the Cote d’Azur, organised by the International, European, and French Federations of Savate.

If it seems paradisaical to be enjoying a wide view of the Mediterranean on a pine-scented hill, under blue skies and palm fronds, then we agree so far; add to this twice-daily technical instruction from several of the World’s finest Savate coaches,

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Irish Savate Open 2016

In November, Savate Ireland welcomed members of London Savate, Oxford Savate, City Combat and Dorset Savate for the latest instalment of the Irish Savate Open. Once more, it was a warm and welcoming event with a great seminar on the Friday night followed by junior and senior fights filling the Saturday. There were 100 entries, from 4-year old novices to senior World Champions – a veritable feast of competitive engagement in a friendly atmosphere!

Two City Combat novices,

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Viking Cup 2016

By Julie Gabriel, Photos by Ollie Batts

The first Viking Cup was held over the weekend of 7th/8th May 2016. The event was hosted by Cambridge Academy at St Bedes Sportshall. Four Viking countries participated: Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, including members of nine different clubs.

The weekend started with a course for the officials taught by Alain Gernet, visiting from France. Athletes were also invited to participate to help their understanding of what judges look for in competition.

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Titi Parisiennes Canne de Combat Competition 24th-25th January 2015

(Written by Jon West)

The amusingly titled ‘Titi Parisiennes’ is not as one may imagine a continental branch of Ann Summers, but in fact the best Canne de Combat competition in the World. Held annually by the famous Apache de Paname Club of the 13th Arrondisment in Paris, it is a team event with 3-4 fighters per team.

Fights consist of 8 times 1 minute rounds, held in a 9 metre circular arena,

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Bulgarian World Open 2014, Kranevo

Three fighters from Great Britain attended the Bulgarian World Open in Kranevo, near Varna, in August 2014.

James Southwood, George Bushaway and Sian-Marie Clark fought brilliantly, winning fights and engaging in the pre-competition seminars.

The sun, sea and sand certainly helped the competition to have a relaxed feel, with a poolside boxing ring to fight in! This was definitely a competition to remember and once more our athletes returned having met new people from a variety of countries and re-connected with international friends.

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European Savate Combat Championships 2014

This year Great Britain was represented at the European Savate Combat Championships in Bugeat, France on June 13th and 14th. Sian-Marie Clark, fighting under 56kg, has been on the GB Assaut team since 2010 and decided this year to turn her hand (or, more appropriately, fist) to Combat Savate, the full contact side of the sport.

After an intense 3 months of training and an early morning flight into Limoges, Sian and her coach,

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Budapest Open, Feb 2014

In February, six GBSF fighters from London Savate and CAMA travelled to Budapest to compete in the second Budapest Open, hoping to display once more the strengths of British Savate in the international arena.

Ten countries overall participated in the competition and seminars, which were hosted by Alain Tardits, Viktor Lováski and Hungarian Savate. The Friday night played host to international savateurs who were eager to learn from Alain, a seasoned fighter and instructor,

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Les Titis Parisiens, Jan 2013

by Morgan Alexander

Cannists Morgan Alexander, Stuart McIntyre and Merlin Hartley and translator Agnès Aubert travelled to a very snowy Paris in January this year to take part in the team event.

“We had a great time in Paris with a fantastic and friendly atmosphere both during the competition and over the whole weekend. The fights were well organised and there was a high level of sportsmanship, as well as the opportunity to watch and to fight against top tier cannists.

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Champ du Monde Combat 2013, Clermont Ferrand

James Southwood reports.

Great Britain sent one fighter, one coach and one official to Clermont-Ferrand, France early in June 2013 to participate in the World Championship Eliminations 2013 in Savate Combat. Despite not winning his two poule matches on the first day, Judah Wheeler fought bravely against opponents of a high calibre. Jasbir Nagi displayed excellent refrereeing skills as the third man in the ring in some fast and furious bouts.

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