The Addams-Dewey Gymnasium

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.








Tony Wolf Bartitsu seminar video

Highlights from a two-hour introductory Bartitsu seminar taught by instructor Tony Wolf at the CombatCon martial arts conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The theme of this class was to explore E.W. Barton-Wright’s precept of adaptability via a progression of “combat improvisation” exercises, incorporating a selection of canonical jujitsu and Vigny stick fighting set-plays and integrating some basic strikes from boxing and savate.

Self-Defence with a Bicycle, Italian style (1905)

This sequence of photographs from a 1905 edition of the Italian journal La Stampa Sportiva is clearly based on Marcus Tindal’s amusing and eccentric article Self-Protection on a Cycle (1901), which may in turn have been inspired by this letter published in the London Bicycle Club Gazette in 1900.

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Action, adventure and intrigue in “Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons”

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The Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy (coming in early 2015) now has its own official website, Facebook page and Twitter account! is your one-stop-shop for all matters Amazonian. Designed as something of a sister site for, it includes a comprehensive blog featuring a large (and ever-expanding) catalogue of articles on the suffragette Amazons in both history and fiction.

Suffrajitsu on social media

Social media devotees are cordially invited to like/follow/share the new Suffrajitsu Facebook page, Twitter account and Tumblr blog for discussion, teaser images, instant updates and some big surprises as we move ever closer to the launch date …

An alternative history of action, adventure and intrigue!

Taking place during the year 1914, Suffrajitsu recounts the adventures of Miss Persephone Wright (seen above, debating politics with a London bobby) and her elite team of Amazons; a secret society of women trained in Bartitsu, who protect the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement.

Many of the events of the first story are directly based on real history and most of the characters are fictional versions of real people, including:

* the parasol-wielding woman of mystery known only as Miss Sanderson
* the Austrian wrestler and strongwoman Katie “Sandwina” Brumbach
* Flossie Le Mar, the jujitsu-adventuress from far-off New Zealand …

Suffrajitsu is written by Tony Wolf, illustrated by Joao Vieira and published by Jet City Comics. It is part of the Foreworld Saga, a shared-world alternative history series initiated by authors Neal Stephenson and Mark Teppo.

Stay tuned for more details!