Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu in the Sherlock Holmes Collection

On Thursday, June 28th, a wall display commemorating Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright was unveiled as part of the Sherlock Holmes Collection at Marylebone Library in London. The display consists of a large framed print of Sidney Paget’s illustration of Sherlock Holmes’ “baritsu” struggle with Professor Moriarty, and a companion print offering a summary of Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu and its connection with the Holmes mythos. The display was designed by Tony Wolf and was donated to the Collection on behalf of the Bartitsu Society, towards the mission of memorialising Barton-Wright’s life and achievements.


Above: Emelyne Godfrey, author of the book Masculinity, Crime and Self Defence in Victorian Literature outside Marylebone Library.


Above: David Jones of the Sherlock Holmes Society strikes a pose inspired by Paget’s famous illustration. You can click on the picture to enlarge it and see the detail of the display.


Above: Bartitsu instructors James Marwood (left) and George Stokoe demonstrate the Bartitsu method of self defence with a walking stick as part of Mr. Marwood’s lecture/demonstration.

6-week Bartitsu course via the Gallowglass Academy

Instructor Allen Reed (pictured left, above) will be starting a regular Bartitsu class at the Gallowglass Academy in Leaf River, IL (25 miles south-west of Rockford, IL) on Monday July 9, 2012 from 7 to 8 PM. The class will meet weekly for six weeks.

Interested parties should contact Mr. Reed at gallowglassacad@aol.com or call 815-973-1615.

“Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride”

The world premiere of this new play by Chicago playwright Reina Hardy will be produced by the Babes With Blades theatre company in August 2012.

It’s 1888 in London, and the Society of Lady Detectives meets discreetly to indulge its members’ tastes for swordplay and sleuthing. As the genteel club considers a disturbing series of murders in the Whitechapel district, a frantic heiress turns up with a startling accusation towards one of their own. Society member Susan Swayne takes the case, defying societal norms and pursuing the truth through the Victorian streets. Combat sequences from violence designer/BWBTC ensemble member Libby Beyreis will feature smallsword and bartitsu (a Victorian mixed martial art influenced by jujitsu and savate).

Tickets can be ordered via this link.

Bartitsu founder featured in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Edward William Barton-Wright, the founder of Bartitsu, has been commemorated with an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the standard work of reference on notable figures from British history.

E.W. Barton-Wright commemorated at the Marylebone Library (London)

The Martial Arts of Sherlock Holmes

The Bartitsu Society has donated a wall display commemorating E.W. Barton-Wright to the Sherlock Holmes Collection at Marylebone Library in London.

The display includes a reproduction of Sidney Paget’s famous illustration of Holmes’ “baritsu” battle with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, and also an illustrated outline of E.W. Barton-Wright’s art of Bartitsu.

Instructors James Marwood and George Stokoe will giving a talk and demonstration to mark the unveiling of the memorial on June 28th.

The presentation is free but members of the public should contact (020) 7641 1300 or email marylebonelibrary@westminster.gov.uk to book their place.

Bartitsu and more at CombatCon 2012

Dedicated to the intersection of Western martial arts with pop-culture, the CombatCon 2012 event will take place between July 6-8 at the Tuscany Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Instructor Tony Wolf will be teaching a two-hour introduction to E.W. Barton-Wright’s “Victorian mixed martial art”, concentrating on the art of blending between techniques and styles as may be required by the needs of the moment. He will also host a special screening of, and Q&A session in connection with the documentary Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes.

Other 19th century antagonistics classes at CombatCon 2012 include:

Bowies, Brawling and Cane: Fighting in the Old West
The Game of Little Papers
Gentlemen’s Pugilism: A Brutal Art in Refined Society
Advanced Dueling Sabre
Navaja: The Original Folding Bowie
The Footpad & The Cane

… and more besides, not to mention classes in fighting zombies and duelling with longswords, lightsabres and Klingon bat’leths!

There will also be a full programme of panels and demonstrations covering a huge range of martial arts, fight choreography and pop-culture genre topics.

CombatCon 2012 – where history and fantasy meet!