Issue #1 of the Bartitsu-themed action/adventure graphic novel trilogy Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons is now available!
Preview/purchase Suffrajitsu #1 at Amazon.com
Preview/purchase Suffrajitsu #1 at comiXology
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the radical women’s rights movement in London just prior to the First World War, Suffrajitsu relates the adventures of Miss Persephone Wright and her elite team of Amazons – a secret society of Bartitsu-trained bodyguards who protect fugitive suffragette leaders from arrest and assault.
Persephone is the niece of Bartitsu founder Edward William Barton-Wright, who also features in the story, and his Shaftesbury Avenue gymnasium serves as the Amazons’ secret headquarters …
Suffrajitsu was written by author and Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, illustrated by Joao Vieira and is published by Jet City Comics. See our sister site, Suffrajitsu.com, for more information, including the strange-but-true history of the real suffragette Bodyguard society.
Reporter Cassam Looch attends the Kingsman: The Secret Service academy where he learns how to become the perfect Kingsman agent, including a suit fitting followed by an umbrella combat lesson with Bartitsu instructor James Marwood.
You can also watch parts 1 and 3 of this tie-in with the upcoming feature film Kingsman: The Secret Service, opening in the UK on January 29 and thereafter internationally.
Some flashy canne and umbrella combat!
This short story from the Suffrajitsu.com website introduces Anglo-Chinese socialite and amateur detective Judith Lee and describes her first encounter with Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons. The Bartitsu Club and several of its principal figures play important roles in the story …
The first five pages of Book 1 of the Suffrajitsu trilogy are now available as a free preview from Comic Book Resources.
The graphic novel is set in the milieu of the radical suffragette movement during 1914 and also features a strong Bartitsu theme. It is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com and will go on sale for both US and international readers via Amazon and comiXology on January 28th.
“Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons” graphic novel trailer from Wolf Point Media on Vimeo.
The Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy, written by Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com:
In the year 1914, with Europe on the brink or war, the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement are fugitives from the law. Their last line of defence is the secret society of Amazons; women trained in the martial art of Bartitsu and sworn to protect their leaders from arrest and assault …
(And yes, that is the Bartitsu Club shown at 00:25 in the video!)
Readers may recall our April, 2013 article presenting the “Dr. Latson Method of Self Defense” and the bizarre scandal and mystery that later enveloped the principals of that method.
Now, researcher Maxime Chouinard has tracked down an article featuring most of those photographs, plus one additional image, that appeared in the June 11, 1911 edition of the Denver Post. Visit his blog to read When a Thug Attacks You, and ponder; this anonymous article was published two months after Dr. Latson’s mysterious death.
Details and enrollment are now available for the first International Pugilism Symposium, to be hosted by the Gallowglass Academy at the Clock Tower Resort in Rockford, Illinois, USA. The symposium will run between May 30-31, 2015.
A top-notch range of British and American instructors will offer intensive seminars in aspects of historical pugilism (pre-Queensberry Rules boxing) as both sport and self-defence, including:
Saturday May 30
8:45 AM – Opening Remarks and Introductions.
9:00 AM – Pugilism 101: Focus on the Fundamentals w/ Tim Ruzicki
10:30 AM – Power Generation via Dempsey’s Method w/ Ken Pfrenger
Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch, discussion about the history of pugilism with all instructors
1:30 PM – The Cross Counter w/ Martin “Oz” Austwick
3:00 PM – Punch Him in the Face, Throw Him on His Head Part I w/Kirk Lawson
4:30 PM – Classes end for the day
Sunday, May 31
9:00 AM – Chancery w/Martin “Oz” Austwick
10:30 AM – Punch Him in the Face, Throw Him on His Head Part II w/Kirk Lawson
Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch Break
1:30 PM – The Geometry of Pugilism w/ Tim Ruzicki
3:00 PM – Russian Fisticuffs w/Ken Pfrenger
4:30 PM – Closing Remarks
See this website for all details and enrollment!
Instructor Allen Reed (left, above) will be teaching two introductory Bartitsu classes as part of the Steampunk Through the Looking Glass convention in Indianapolis, IN from February 13 to 15, 2015.
Artist Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium was part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s recent exhibition, titled A Proximity of Consciousness:
The gymnasium invites visitors to engage in turn-of-the-century exercises designed to promote health and foster a connection between the mind and the body. In the piece, Helguera transports the educational philosophies of activist Jane Addams and educational reformer John Dewey into a contemporary art exhibition, inviting participants to reflect on the impact of two of the most influential thinkers on education.
The exhibition featured practical classes in circa 1900 physical culture exercises and also an array of antique exercise paraphernalia, including an exercise bike, rowing machine and a woman’s gymnastics dress borrowed from the Forteza Gymuseum collection.