Iran Savate (French Boxing) Association

The First Official Organization in Iran Savate



History of Iran Savate

Savate (French Boxing) enjoys five decades of history in Iran. The background of the Iranian Savate is older than the establishment of the International Savate Federation. This marshal art was established in Iran in 1961 by Grand Master Dr. Mehdi Kamran, the Savateur residing in France, and was later introduced to the youths officially.

Mehdi Kamran was the holder of silver gloves (the highest technical degree in Savate) and one of the direct trainees of Comte Pierre Baruzy (1897- 1994) and famous French champion of Savate and founder of the French Savate Federation.

Through holding training classes in Tehran and establishing certain clubs such as Iran-e Emrouz, Deyhim and Ta'alim & Tarbiat, and growing big savateurs and savatrices such as Moa'azzami brothers, Hamidreza Tavakkol, late Nasser Nazari, Mostafa Zakani, Reza Tehrani, Esmaeil Kazemi and Abbas Tofangchi, the founder of Savate in Iran inserted the original style of this type of sport into Iran.


            "The techniques of wrestling, judo and Savate and the secrets of self-defense", written by Yunishi and Bruxe Tegner, translated by M.B.A "

  (Iran, Tehran, 1964. (Eskandari Publications


Concerning the attractions of Savate, this type of sport was rapidly became popular among the youths of that era in Iran, so that within the 60's) three books have been authorized and translated in Iran with the savate titles in Iran. These books have been registered before the Islamic Republic of Iran Center for National Documents and Library, and are kept under security precautions like other valuable books.


 The Karate-Savate, 1968, Iran-Thehran

Meanwhile, the second book was also published in 1968 subjected to savate titled "Karate- Savate, and the Japanese style of self defense", written by Bobby Lou and translated by Ali Ashrafi.


However, the first Iranian savate book, titled "savate & judo" wrote in 1967 by Fereydoun Mo'azzami and Faramarz Mo'azzami- of the first generation of savateurs-, which was republished due to the high welcoming of the savate performers shortly and in 5,000 copies, this time renamed to "karate, savate and judo".

In its second edition introduction, the writers state:"… due to some requests, we added a chapter namely karate to this edition prior to the savate section".

karate, Savate and judo" wrote in 1967 by Fereydoun Mo'azzami and Faramarz Mo'azzami "


After Mehdi Kamran, Moa'zzami brothers were the first savateurs who were trained in Iran and due to their own strives and qualifications and taking difficult and tiresome exercises by Dr. Kamran and passing the complete technical levels, managed to obtain the silver gloves from the founder of savate in Iran and later from Comte Pierre Baruzy.

The writers write in this book:" Many people believe that savate (French Boxing) is one of the most effective styles of marshal arts. Hundreds of maneuvers and combined strikes may be used by one who knows savate by which almost kill the most dangerous opponents. If you doubt the killing power of savate, listen to the story of John Sullivan of the biggest heavyweight champions,….



Savate is an extraordinary battle styles, which has been completed in France throughout the history, so that a small Parisian may be able to defeat strongest people by taking benefit from the same. We ensure you that savate may also enable you to defend yourself against the most savage people and outlaws. It is not important what is your current height and weight. By taking savate exercises, you may create great power in your legs. Perform the exercises exactly as explained… these exercises are especially effective in increasing power, speed, stamina, skills, keeping balance, etc."

Due to the high welcoming by the savateurs and savatrices, their everlasting book was republished for the third edition in 1969 in 5,000 copies within two years by Ghaem Magham Press. Mohammad Hossein Sa'adati, the manager of the Press, donated this book to the brave and patriot soldiers and all the military forces to fight back against the intruders to the rights of the brave Iranian nation.


Due to certain reasons, including but not limited to exiting of the founder of savate from Iran in mid-70's, occurrence of the Iranian revolution in 1979 and the Iran defend against the intrusion of the Arabs headed by Saddam Hussain and Iraq, savate in Iran was subjected to stagnation notwithstanding some activities. In 2004 and after establishment the Iranian Marshal Arts Specialists Association, one of the targets of the same was announced to be covering and commissioning the original marshal arts and attracting veterans of the marshal arts.

Due to the long history of savate in Iran and across the globe, commissioning savate was included in the agenda of the association. In this regard, the license to establish Iranian Savate Society (the first Iranian official savate entity) was issued under No. 824/40/31 and approved by the ministries of foreign affairs and justice of the Islamic Republic.

After consultation with the International Savate Federation, and inviting certain world class instructors of this type of marshal arts to in Iran, in February 2008 the Iranian Savate Society, affiliated to the Iranian Marshal Arts Specialists Association, officially started its activities as the first and only legal society and authority of the Iranian savate under No. 922/12/190.


Establishing the Asian savate structure in Iran was proposed by the International Savate Federation to the Iranian Marshal Arts Professionals Union in 2008 spring


Official rules of The Asia Savate Confederation


Establishing the Asian savate structure in Iran was proposed by the International Savate Federation to the Iranian Marshal Arts Professionals Union in spring 2008. During the negotiations held between Seyed Ali Haghshenas with “Gilles Le Duigou”, the ex-chairman of the International Savate Federation, in Paris in June 2008, Hagh Shenas accepted the generalities of the French proposal to establish the Asian structure of Savate (French Boxing) and according to his suggestion, the title of Asian Savate Confederation, instead of the name suggested by the French party (Asian Savate union), was adopted for this system; shortly after, and due to the experience and efforts made by Master HaghShenas and the Iranian Marshal Arts Professionals Union, the Asian Savate Confederation started its activities in Iran enjoying a regulated and strong structure.





In September 2008, the first dispatching of the National Iranian Savate Team to the world championships (Style Asot Paris 2008 Competitions) was performed under the supervision of the savate society and a licensed by the Iranian Marshal Arts Professionals Union, which had a bronze medal for the Iranians.

In 2009, due to the lack of enough experience of the executive of the society, Hamidreza Tavakkol (engineer)- one of the veteran Iranian savateurs and kyokushinkais- was appointed as the chairman of the Iranian Savate Society by the Iranian Marshal Arts Specialists Association. In this regard and by choosing the old masters and veterans of savate as the members of the board of directors of the society, a technical and specialist personnel took the responsibility of this type of marshal art in Iran.


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