Bartitsu lessons will feature at the Hampton National Historic Site’s “Manly Arts” day (Maryland, USA). This event will showcase the range of martial arts and combat sports available to gentlemen of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Announcing the publication of a new book for teenage readers, or indeed for any reader interested in the true story of Edith Garrud, who taught jujutsu to the secret Bodyguard society of the English women’s suffrage movement.
Edith and her husband William were among the first generation of English jujutsu instructors, having learned the art from Bartitsu Club instructor Sadakazu Uyenishi and other notables.
The book details Edith Garrud’s life and career as a self defence instructor in Edwardian London and the adventures of the jujutsu-trained Bodyguard society, known as the Jujutsuffragettes, in protecting their leaders from arrest and assault. My hope is that it will inspire some young people, especially girls, both to stand up for what they believe in and also to enroll in martial arts training.
Suggested for readers aged 12 and older; includes 29 illustrations.
To view a free PDF preview and to order online, please visit the virtual bookstore.
A reminder that I will be teaching a series of intensive Bartitsu seminars in Rome (August 28-30) and Cosenza (Calabria – September 2-4). These seminars will cover both canonical and neo-forms of Bartitsu, focusing on:
* combat body mechanics and tactics based on E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu precepts
* improvisation and the ability to spontaneously blend boxing, savate, jiujitsu and stick fighting
* the cultural history of Bartitsu as the first “fusion” martial art combining Asian and European fighting styles
For more information, please visit the Bartitsu Italia website.
Of particular interest to Bartitsu enthusiasts, past issues have included detailed articles on Bartitsu, bare-knuckle pugilism, Jean Joseph Renaud’s defense dans la rue and personalities such as Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, the Sword Prince.
Individual and group subscriptions are available here.
No-one is sure whether Marcus Tindal’s 1901 article, “Self-protection on a Cycle”, was ever intended to be taken seriously. It may well have been a direct parody of E.W. Barton-Wright’s articles on “Self Defence with a Walking Stick” for Pearson’s Magazine.
Nevertheless, participants at May’s International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Conference in Detroit, Michigan, were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put some of Mr. Tindal’s lessons into practice in a special seminar taught by Tony Wolf.
With special thanks to Bartitsu Society member Tom Badillo, who volunteered the use of his FIST impact suit for this class, and to the Art of Combat volunteer who wore it …