Bartitsu seminar with Tony Wolf at Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts (Chicago)

A short “video impression” of the June 22nd Bartitsu seminar at the new (and still under development) Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts studio in Ravenswood, Chicago.

Instructor Tony Wolf led a group of about thirty eager participants through a combination of canonical and neo-Bartitsu drills, concentrating on blending fisticuffs, jujitsu and walking stick defense according to E.W. Barton-Wright’s precept of adaptability:

It is quite unnecessary to try and get your opponent into any particular position, as this system embraces every possible eventuality and your defence and counter-attack must be based entirely upon the actions of your opponent.

Also visible in the clip above are some items from the Forteza “gymuseum”, including original late-19th century posters, antique cast-iron dumbbells, wooden Indian clubs and an 1880s rowing machine.

The new Bartitsu Club of Chicago will be holding its first six-week term at Forteza, beginning January 31st.

4 thoughts on “Bartitsu seminar with Tony Wolf at Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts (Chicago)”

  1. I was amazed at the amount of learning in one short day. The exercises from the beginning (body awareness and movement) weren’t just “static” but referred to later on in the course of practice and really built on each other. I look forward to the six week course coming up!

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