Where can I study Bartitsu?

“Where can I study Bartitsu?” is probably the #1 question asked of the Bartitsu Society.

Between 2002-2005 the Society was largely devoted to learning as much as possible about Bartitsu from the historical point of view.  We tracked down long-forgotten books and magazine articles in obscure library archives and most of our efforts were towards collating, preserving and sharing this information.

After the publication of Volume 1 of the Bartitsu Compendium in 2005, members of the Society began offering seminar classes in various aspects of Bartitsu.  These classes were held at martial arts and stage combat conferences in Canada, the USA, Italy, Germany and the UK.

Today, your options for learning Bartitsu include attending seminars or joining any of several informal study groups or regular Bartitsu classes. We strongly recommend joining the Bartitsu Forum email list with any inquiries about classes, also referring to the list below and/or to the Bartitsu Google Map.

Under certain conditions you can also consider setting up your own recreational Bartitsu club; see this article for a comprehensive set of hints and tips in that direction.

As training times and locations, etc. may be subject to change, it’s best to get in contact with the local club to confirm these details.

Also, note that all Bartitsu clubs are autonomous and almost all develop their own approach to the Bartitsu revival, including curriculum, training methods, etc.

Finally, please note that this list is maintained as a public service; inclusion does not necessarily represent an endorsement of a given club, school or instructor.


United Kingdom


The Basingstoke Bartitsu Irregulars have classes in Basingstoke, Berkshire.

Battersea Bartitsu is a study group in Battersea, London.

The Bartitsu Amateur Forum Classes meet every Tuesday at the Enon Baptist Church Hall, Enon Baptist Church, Williamson Terrace, St Peter’s View, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR6 0AG.

The PUMA Bartitsu and Self Defence School in Sheffield “creates modern self defence from the historic work of Bartitsu”.

The Bartitsu Club – Isle of Wight offers regular training in E.W. Barton-Wright’s “New Art of Self Defence”.

The Black Boar Swordsmanship School in Scotland offers regular training in self defence with a walking stick, drawing from the Bartitsu repertoire as well as the “Cane as a Weapon” system of A.C. Cunningham.

The Black Boar Study Group in Cheshire study the use of the walking stick and cane, as well as regular looks at Defence Dans La Rue and other forms of Antagonistics

Self Defence Canterbury offers Bartitsu classes in Canterbury, Kent.

The Grange (Coventry, UK) offers experience days, with tuition in Bartitsu.

The Linacre School of Defence (Oxford, UK) offers classes in c1900
boxing (including grappling) and low kicks of savate, and may offer
further related arts in the future.

James Marwood teaches private classes in throughout Hampshire and Surrey in the U.K.


Nathan Featherstone runs a small study group in Dublin, Ireland


Ran Braun runs occasional Bartitsu study groups in Calabria, Rome, Savona and Como.


The Alte Kampfkunst historical Western martial arts school in Wuppertal, Germany, offers regular Bartitsu training with instructor Stefan Dieke.

Alex Kiermayer offers occasional Bartitsu seminars.

Ramon Patrick Prang teaches classes in Schleswig Holstein. He can also be contacted via email.


The Bartitsu Club Athens 1900 practices Bartitsu every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Coriolanos College of Combat and Physical Wellness in Athens.  Contact gzarma@gmail.com for details.


The Zwaardkring historical fencing club offers one two-hour Bartitsu practice session per month and the Judoclub Shizen Hontai plans to offer a weekly Bartitsu study group. Both clubs are in Veldhoven, Netherlands.


Bartitsu Club Russia, based at the Mishenev Fencing School in St. Petersburg, offers occasional public Bartitsu seminars.




Instructor Matt Cacy runs a Bartitsu class on Thursday nights in Anchorage, Alaska.

Malcolm Brown teaches three weekly Bartitsu classes (ages 13 and older) at Pilot Point School in Pilot Point, Alaska.


The Los Angeles Bartitsu Club meets weekly in Burbank.

The Historic Martial Arts Preservation Society of San Diego offers classes in Bartitsu and Neo-Bartitsu.

The Bay Area Bartitsu Irregulars meet monthly.


The Nutmeg Bartitsu Society offers bi-weekly training and regular seminars.


The Bartitsu Club of Tallahassee offers regular weekly training in both canonical and neo-Bartitsu skills.

The Contenders des Tropiques is a group of actors in Florida who provide neo-Victorian/Edwardian-themed self defence displays for entertainment purposes.


The Bartitsu Club of Chicago offers periodic “open” seminars at the Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts studio in Ravenswood, Chicago.

The Gallowglass Academy (Rockford, Illinois) offers occasional Bartitsu seminars and courses.


The Bartitsu Club of West Michigan is offering a series of demonstrations and classes beginning in mid-May 2013.

The Capital City Bartitsu Society looks at Bartitsu and historical fencing, and are based in Lansing.


The Bartitsu of DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia offers training.


The Bartitsu Club of New York City is a training group dedicated to the study and revival of the Victorian arts of self-defense. The Club meets once a month in Chelsea for approximately 3 hours of Bartitsu training consisting of Vigny cane, savate, ‘scientific’ pugilism, and Ju Jutsu. For more information, contact bartitsu@nycsteampunk.com.


The Cumann Bhata Dayton (Ohio) Western martial arts club offers Bartitsu classes on the first Monday of each month.

Columbus Bartitsu offers regular Bartitsu training via the Royal Arts Fencing Academy in Columbus, Ohio.


The Academia Duellatoria in Portland, Oregon runs a neo-Bartitsu class every Wednesday evening at 6:00.


Prof. Mark Donnelly runs the Keystone Academy Bartitsu Club in Harrisburg.


The Houston School of Defense offers regular Bartitsu classes with instructor Chris Amendola.


The Barton-Wright/Alfred Hutton Alliance for Historically Accurate Hoplology and Antagonistics (BWAHAHAHA) of Seattle, Washington offers weekly cross-training in a panoply of 19th century antagonistics and physical culture methods.


The Academie Duello historical fencing and stage combat school in Vancouver, Canada offers a “Fight Like Sherlock Holmes” intro. course on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays as well as an ongoing Bartitsu course on Wednesdays and Saturdays with instructor David McCormick.


The European Defensive Arts School in Brisbane, Australia offers a Bartitsu study group training experience.

The Gemeiner Academy of European Combat Arts (Gold Coast, Australia) offers regular training in Vigny/Lang stick fighting and associated skills.

The Victorian Historical Combat Academy studies a variety of 19th Century martial arts, including Bartitsu.


  • By Robert Barry, Friday, 21st August 2009 @ 5:44 pm

    Does anybody know where I and my son (6 years old) could study Bartitsu in the Seattle area. This is the perfect martial art for my son. He wants to strike, grapple, throw, etc. And I want him to learn discipline, perseverance, respect, good sportsmanship. Thanks, Rob

  • By James, Friday, 21st August 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    Hi Robert,

    I don’t know of any groups in Seattle, but you may well find some on the Bartitsu mailing list – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/

  • By Tony Wolf, Friday, 21st August 2009 @ 9:30 pm

    Hi Robert,

    I know of one Bartitsu study group in Seattle, but they’re a bit “under the radar” and I’m not sure how you’d go about joining them. For what it’s worth, they’re known as BWAHAHA (the Barton-Wright Applied Hopology and Historical Antagonistics League).

    In general, I’d have to say that six years old is very young to be getting involved in martial arts training. It can work, with the right combination of student, style and teacher; good luck with it.



  • By Richard Garcia, Monday, 24th August 2009 @ 1:34 am

    Hey guys starting a bartitsu club in NYC area, email me to find out more. We also teach military hand to hand combat and other arts.

  • By tudza, Tuesday, 8th September 2009 @ 10:49 pm

    Well, I don’t think it’s for six year olds, but these folks are prepared to teach everything but the judo part to adults:


    I expect to start taking lessons in boxing there.

  • By Kenny Bolster, Saturday, 12th September 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    Does anyone know about a group in San Antonio, TX?

  • By James, Saturday, 12th September 2009 @ 11:13 pm

    Hi Kenny,

    I’m afraid not. As far as I know, the closest group to you is in Houston. You may find other people closer to you on the Bartitsu Mailing list however.



  • By RAY, Tuesday, 22nd September 2009 @ 11:51 pm

    can anyone help me to find anything resembling bartitsu in the bavarian part of germany thank you

  • By Tony Wolf, Wednesday, 23rd September 2009 @ 10:31 am

    Hi Ray,

    I’ve taught one or two seminars in Germany over the past few years, but I think that the closest clubs offering even occasional Bartitsu training would be in the Netherlands, as listed above.

    Depending on how close to Bartitsu you want to get, MMA, Savate or Jeet Kune Do classes might suit your purposes. They are certainly easier to find!



  • By Euan Gilmour, Thursday, 22nd October 2009 @ 4:49 pm


    Does anyone know if there are any Bartitsu classes in scotland. I am very interested in this martial art but can’t seem to find anywhere to go to. I live in the capital city Edinburgh.



  • By James, Thursday, 22nd October 2009 @ 5:16 pm

    Hi Euan,

    I’m afraid I don’t know of anyone in Scotland looking at the full Bartitsu curriculum. The closest you may get is Ian Macintyre’s new Black Boar club, which looks at the walking stick portion of Bartitsu, amongst other things.

  • By Euan Gilmour, Thursday, 22nd October 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    Thank you very much James. I’ll check out the information you’ve given and I guess I’ll have to wait until Bartitsu is more availible in scotland.

  • By Shaun, Friday, 23rd October 2009 @ 7:07 am

    Well, it seems like everyone is posting similar questions, so I may as well ask…is there any hope of learning Bartitsu in Sydney, Australia? I’d love to learn it, but don’t hold out much hope of finding a club anywhere near me :(

  • By Tony Wolf, Friday, 23rd October 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    Hi Shaun,

    you’re (somewhat) in luck – Craig Gemeiner’s school (http://gemeineracademy.wordpress.com/) on the Gold Coast offers a complete curriculum in the Vigny/Lang stick fighting style, and also in defense dans la rue. This was the early 20th century French development of eclectic self defence and draws from many of the same sources as does Bartitsu.

    Good luck,


  • By Shaun, Saturday, 24th October 2009 @ 11:33 am

    Thanks Tony, it’s a bit of a walk, but definitely closer than the UK :)

  • By Damian, Friday, 30th October 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    Anything in New York City?

  • By Tony Wolf, Saturday, 31st October 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    Hi Damian,

    all of the public Bartitsu classes and study groups that we know about are listed above. There have been other recent inquiries from NYC, though, so interest there is obviously growing.



  • By Paul Chambers, Friday, 13th November 2009 @ 1:18 am

    Hi all, just reading through, any good Ju-Jitsu class worth its salt should cover all aspects of Bartitsu.
    Ground Grappling
    All Weaponry
    the only thing we dont do at the moment is boxing, but hopefully we will be having a proffesional boxer training withus shortly. So cjeck out your local Ju-Jitsu clubs and see what they have to offer.
    Good training to all.

  • By Tony Wolf, Friday, 13th November 2009 @ 5:47 am

    Hi Paul,

    while I know what you mean, I’d argue that first, that depends very much on the jiujitsu ryu, and second, even a modern club that does offer kicking, punching, throwing, ground grappling and weaponry is unlikely to teach those skills as they were practiced in London at the turn of the 20th century.

    It can be argued that a good eclectic combination of, say, modern kickboxing, judo and Filipino stick fighting would be a reasonable approximation of Bartitsu; it just comes down to what we mean by “reasonable approximation”.

    The consensus within the Bartitsu Society so far has been that if we step too far away from the source material, we end up reinventing the JKD/MMA/Dog Brothers, and since there’s no point in doing that, even neo-Bartitsu tends to be (deliberately) anachronistic.



  • By Moira Spencer, Thursday, 10th December 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Martial Arts Illustrated magazine, based in the UK but also available internationally, is to run an editorial feature on Bartitsu in its February 2010 edition, on sale 14th January. The article is written by Nick Collins and covers Bartitsu’s history and the expected revival of interest in this style in light of the upcoming Guy Richie directed Sherlock Holmes movie. As we are the publishers of MAI magazine, and have yet to go to press with this issue, should any Bartitsu associates which to marry a marketing strategy with this article or find out more about MAI magazine, do visit our website.

  • By James, Thursday, 10th December 2009 @ 9:56 am

    Thanks for this Moira. I visited your site but couldn’t see any references to Bartitsu or your February magazine. Is there a specific link or place to look?

  • By nathan, Saturday, 26th December 2009 @ 7:53 pm

    hi all
    im from wicklow Ireland about half hour south of Dublin and am trying to work on Irish martial arts and reviving it i think some of bartons styles would be perfect to compliment my learning anyone who can help me?

  • By James, Saturday, 26th December 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    Hi Nathan,

    You’d probably get some good advice on the Bartitsu mailing list, and there are also the 2 Compendia. You kight also be interested to visit the Bata list, which is dedicated to traditional Irish martial arts.

  • By jeff, Monday, 11th January 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    hello to all. i had heard of bartitsu years ago but could not find anything on it. ive always been drawn to occidental rather than oriental martial arts. I was a wrestler and boxer. I grew up working as a sparring partner for the WBA lightweight champ Sean O Grady, and have boxed at the olympic training center. I also taught hand to hand combat in the army. Iam really intrested to talk and visit with people training in Bartitsu. i have yet to see Sherlock Holmes but now i will. Have a Great Day! Jeff

  • By James, Monday, 11th January 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    That sounds like a great background to bring to Bartitsu! I’m guessing that, with the Sean O’Grady connection, you’re based in Oklahoma City? I’m afraid I don’t know of anyone training there, but it might be wroth asking on the mailing list as we have a lot of lurkers who have yet to speak up.

  • By jeff, Monday, 11th January 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    james. Thank you for the reply Sir. Yes iam in oklahoma city. ive also doone some training in Savate and attended a couple Savate seminars under Daniel Duby. Iam really intrested in talking those who train in Bartitsu. Iam drawn by the historic part and how the founder was light years ahead of his time. By the way the Victorian Gentleman aspect is way cool! this Martial Art must be preseved! email me any time and ill share my phone nr. Thank You Sir. Have a great day

  • By Fox, Tuesday, 16th February 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    Does anyone know if there are any Bartitsu classes in France ?
    I realy want to do bartitsu !
    I discourage…
    please! tell me!

  • By Bartitsu Society, Tuesday, 16th February 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    Hello Fox,

    I do not know of any Bartitsu classes in France. Savate defense teaches many of the same skills and would probably be easier for you to find. Otherwise, there are seminar classes in different parts of Europe. I suggest that you join the Bartitsu Forum email list – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ – to learn about upcoming classes.

  • By Fox, Thursday, 18th February 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    I will see that

  • By jose, Saturday, 29th May 2010 @ 4:05 am

    Gentleman.. in Colombia?
    any reference?

  • By Bartitsu Society, Saturday, 29th May 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Hi Jose,

    I’m afraid that I don’t know of any Bartitsu activity in South America.

  • By Kato, Sunday, 30th May 2010 @ 10:47 pm

    Is anyone aware of any Bartitsu classes in Chicago, Illinois not just seminars, but full classes? Any information would be greatly appreaciated.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Monday, 31st May 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    Kato – there are no ongoing classes in Chicago at the moment, but there may be classes starting up later this year. If so, they will be announced on the main page of this site; I would also suggest joining the Bartitsu Forum ( http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ ) to keep up to date with new class announcements.

  • By Justin, Tuesday, 22nd June 2010 @ 1:50 am

    Dang, the only Ohio group on this list is in Dayton, and I’m up here in Northwestern Ohio.

  • By Hays McGee, Thursday, 8th July 2010 @ 11:32 am

    Hi Everyone, I’m new to this site, but thought this was a good a time as any to say I’m forming a Bartitsu study group in Central California. I cam across Bartitsu some 2 years ago now and came to a quick realization that everything I was already trained in and used fell in line with Bartitsu completely. 24+ years of various martial arts training and now I have a name for it and a good focus. Feel free to hit me up if you are in the area!

  • By Bartitsu Society, Thursday, 8th July 2010 @ 9:53 pm

    Hi Hays,

    good luck with your group. You’re welcome to join the Bartitsu Forum email list to communicate with other Bartitsu enthusiasts – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ .

  • By Ryan, Monday, 23rd August 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    Ello, I was curious as to if anyone knew of any classes or seminars in Las Vegas, NV. Ive searched everywhere sadly only finding meat heads in boxing an MMA classes. Anyone I talk to has never even heard of Bartitsu.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Monday, 23rd August 2010 @ 11:47 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    no, I don’t know of any classes in Las Vegas. The closest to you would be in San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver, as listed above.

  • By james edwards, Saturday, 4th September 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    we should really work on getting a school in tenn. maybe knoxville or nashville.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Saturday, 4th September 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    Hi James,

    the best way to get started is to join the Bartitsu Forum email list. Local seminars can generally be arranged and/or study groups started up as long as at least one person in the area has a serious interest.

  • By Chris, Sunday, 5th September 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    Does anybody know of any Bartitsu schools in the London area ?

  • By Bartitsu Society, Sunday, 5th September 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    Hi Chris,

    I believe that the Bartitsu classes closest to London would be James Marwood’s Modern Bartitsu. Note also that we are planning a Bartitsu conference to take place in London next year.

  • By Mike, Friday, 10th September 2010 @ 2:48 am

    I am also looking to join Seattle classes with my son.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Monday, 13th September 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I see that you’ve already found the BWAHAHA blog.

  • By Mello, Tuesday, 5th October 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    I am a 16 year old youth in the USA. I am a purple belt in taekwondo.have practiced muay thai.and am quite a good fencer/escrimador. I am also going to do some Brazillian jujitsu.and with all of this i have managed to get a rough axproximation of old Bartitsu. I know its all mondern and i changed some stuff but i kept to the gentlemanly ways, such as never hurting woman and under circumstances will i kill. Nobody seems to respect this art but at the same time the very people who disrespect it are constantly picking fights with me to see it in action. So they be interested in it or just cokcy.also since im not old enough to have a real job and my skills arent good enough yet should i do *shudder* MMA because it striking and grappling and i can bring everything ive learned into class. opinions or advice would help.im new to this

  • By Mello, Tuesday, 5th October 2010 @ 11:50 pm

    Me again. I found out that barton wright used techniques from svate de rue such as the coup de pied bas and other.just thought this would help

  • By Bartitsu Society, Wednesday, 6th October 2010 @ 12:41 am

    Hi Mello,

    I had broadly the same “problem” when I was in high school, with others wanting to see my martial arts in action, etc. As you say, it’s sometimes more “playful interest” than actual “challenge to fight”.

    MMA + escrima is a reasonable approximation of Bartitsu and at your age it’s good to be doing anything to develop your skills and stay fit. Most people who are serious about Bartitsu base their training on the techniques recorded by Barton-Wright and his associates around 1900 – see my article at http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/bartitsu-today/modern-bartitsu-clubs-and-training/ for some hints and tips.

  • By Mello, Wednesday, 6th October 2010 @ 1:07 am

    thank you. But i have had to face down some stupid people in my time. i will ask my parents if they will consider MMA for me but they dont understand the logic that most fights end up on the ground.and everyone just rushes in blindly in a fight against me so when i beat tem they go crying to my principle. I just wish i could mypoint with my fists for once and not get in trouble because these people are voilent. They have stabbed me in the bneck with pencils and such.they cut and punch me in gym and sometimes kick me or take me to the ground. and my idiot gym teacher lets it go on because they wrestle and i dont.so when i try to fight back they dont let me because i am “lethal weapon”and my dad has tried to fight this cause he is a lawyer.side note.if you ever need legal help look up don meliado.just saying.so i am pretty just a human punching bag to these people

  • By Bartitsu Society, Wednesday, 6th October 2010 @ 6:24 am

    Why not try out for the wrestling team yourself? It’s great for conditioning, you might be able to change the bullies’ minds about you and the skills are easily transferable to Bartitsu (jiujitsu) ground fighting.

    If your school has a zero tolerance for fighting policy, something like MMA is still a good idea but you’d have to be smart about how you used it in actual self defense. Kicks, punches and high-amplitude throws are out as they look like (and are) “violent” actions and are apt to get you into more trouble than the fight is worth. The purely defensive skills of kickboxing (blocks, etc), plus lower-impact takedowns and leverage pins, are better options. Best, though, is if you can figure out a way not to be attacked in the first place.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Wednesday, 6th October 2010 @ 6:39 am

    One more thing; highschool can suck, especially if you’re “different” in whatever way. A lot of people just don’t get it and they’ll pick on people they don’t understand. Life gets way better once you graduate.

  • By Mello, Thursday, 7th October 2010 @ 12:26 am

    thank you.my friend did BJJ and krav maga.and i will infer about the wrestling team.although i probably wont be able to do. I will see what works for me

  • By Calvin, Monday, 18th October 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    Hi! I’m from North Carolina and I would LOVE to learn bartitsu but I don’t think there are any ongoing classes nearby (if Im mistaken please correct me). What other styles should I look for specifically for the practical cane/hat fighting. Any advice would be great!


  • By Bartitsu Society, Tuesday, 19th October 2010 @ 12:54 am

    Hi Calvin,

    the list above includes all of the current Bartitsu courses that we know about.

    I’m afraid that truly self defense-oriented practical cane fighting is not all that easy to find, either. I’d suggest Filipino stick fighting (marketed as arnis, escrima, kali, etc.) as the option most likely to be available to you. Note that the sticks used in Filipino styles are typically (not always) shorter and lighter than standard walking sticks, so the techniques can require some modification for that use. I’d also suggest that if you’re mostly interested in self defence, look for a style that includes close-quarters combat (use of the stick in two hands, in combination with grappling techniques etc.) and offers sparring as well as choreographed routines.

    The cane and hat combination was pretty esoteric even circa 1900. My best advice would be to gain experience in a good stick fighting method and then experiment with the hat (or similar “offhand/improvised weapon”) when you have a basis of technical and tactical skill.

  • By JohnPaul, Friday, 10th December 2010 @ 10:40 am


    I’m actually from Puerto Rico looking for some Bartitsu classes as odd as it seems. I’m going abroad in a couple of months to Salamanca, Spain and finish up my studies there. I’m quite curious if there is anywhere close to any of the two locations I mentioned. I’ve done my research on the matter and can’t seem to find a thing. Eventually I’m gonna travel to England and I have in my plans to visit a center where they give classes at least to take a look, but it would be great if I could learn while abroad or in my hometown.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Friday, 10th December 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    Hi John Paul,

    I’m afraid that I don’t know of any Bartitsu courses in Puerto Rico or Spain. I suggest joining the Bartitsu Forum email list to keep track of training opportunities.

  • By Chris S., Thursday, 23rd December 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    I was wondering if there was any Bartitsu classes taught in NY? Preferably in the fingerlakes of NY. If you know of any please email me at iceman272k3@yahoo.com thx

  • By chris, Thursday, 23rd December 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    is there any classes in ny? Preferably near the fingerlakes area.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Friday, 24th December 2010 @ 3:10 am

    Hi Chris,

    all of the classes that we know of are listed above. There may be an East Coast seminar tour next year; keep an eye on the main page for details.

  • By Ian, Tuesday, 25th January 2011 @ 3:42 am

    Hi! im very interested in Bartitsu. Are there any nearby full classes to me? i live very close to Chicago, Illinois. I would love any information. Thanks.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Tuesday, 25th January 2011 @ 5:17 am

    Hi Ian,

    all of the classes currently available are listed above. There *may* be a regular class starting in Chicago this year. I suggest that you join the Bartitsu Forum email list – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ – to keep updated on developments.

  • By Narasimha, Thursday, 28th July 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    How do you condition yourselves in Bartitsu. Do you utilize weights or anything because I am starting to take up kickboxing and I want to improve my kicks and my black belt friends says that he attaches weights to ankles and wrists and doe his kata like that. and he runs like that and practices in class like that. What do you recommend?

  • By Bartitsu Society, Friday, 29th July 2011 @ 6:17 am

    It’s really up to individual preferences, but a number of members of the Bartitsu Society practice early 20th century calisthenics and swing Indian clubs.

  • By Ronan, Monday, 1st August 2011 @ 4:13 am

    Hey, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a place I could try Bartisu in Edmonton Alberta. Thanks!

  • By Bartitsu Society, Monday, 1st August 2011 @ 4:31 am

    The two Canadian clubs linked to in the article above are the only ones we know of.

  • By Erik Noomen, Friday, 12th August 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Dear sir, For the Dutch quality newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ I am planning to write an article on the renaissance of bartitsu, with a focus on its newfound place in popular culture with the Sherlock Holmes movie and series and its upcoming sequels. Would someone from the Bartitsu Society be available to answer some questions for me by email? Many thanks in advance.
    Erik Noomen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • By Bartitsu Society, Friday, 12th August 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    Hi Erik,

    I’ve sent you an email.

  • By steely, Tuesday, 20th December 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Does anyone know of a place in southern California where I can learn bartitsu?

  • By Bartitsu Society, Tuesday, 20th December 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    All of the schools we know about are listed above.

  • By darren, Sunday, 6th May 2012 @ 4:52 am

    is there any bartitsu clubs in victoria au can anyone tell me.

  • By Chad, Saturday, 16th June 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    Is there any bartitsu classes in southern california?

  • By Bartitsu Society, Saturday, 16th June 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    The Botta Secreta group in San Francisco offers Bartitsu classes – http://bottasecretaproductions.ning.com/ .

  • By Deirdre, Friday, 3rd August 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Hi Folks, please note, Dublin isn’t in the United Kingdom, it’s in Ireland, a republic since 1922.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Friday, 3rd August 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Duly noted and amended, thanks.

  • By Zachary, Saturday, 22nd September 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    Good day, gentlemen. I am inquiring as to whether there
    Are any Bartitsu classes/seminars/associates in Maine, possibly
    in Augusta, ME. Thank you.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Sunday, 23rd September 2012 @ 5:45 am

    All of the classes we know of are listed above, but you might find enthusiasts in your area via the Bartitsu Forum – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ .

  • By Tom Jersø, Friday, 23rd November 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    We are a group who train Bartitsu in Copenhagen, Denmark, at this time, we are part of Glima Denmark, in the term we are Copenhagen bartitsu club

  • By Bartitsu Society, Saturday, 24th November 2012 @ 6:09 am

    Thanks for making contact. You might also like to join the Bartitsu Forum email list to correspond with other enthusiasts – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ .

  • By Dan, Wednesday, 30th January 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Wish there was more dojos of more European arts spread around. At the minute I am studying the jujutsu side but its all you get of it…the Asian crap.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Thursday, 31st January 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Well, the whole point and value of Bartitsu was the blending of Asian and European styles.

  • By Gavin, Wednesday, 27th February 2013 @ 4:27 am

    Hi, can someone please tell me if there is any clubs in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Thank u.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Wednesday, 27th February 2013 @ 7:24 am

    Hi Gavin,

    as far as we know there are no Bartitsu clubs in New Zealand, but we encourage people to set up their own study groups if they like. See this article for some hints and tips: http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/bartitsu-today/modern-bartitsu-clubs-and-training/ .

  • By Eric, Tuesday, 7th May 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    Hi Folks…

    Another request for info on classes etc from the Philadelphia, PA region

    Any help appreciated


  • By Bartitsu Society, Wednesday, 8th May 2013 @ 2:04 am

    Mark Donnelly is one of the most active Bartitsu instructors and he’s based in Pennsylvania – you can contact him via http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/2013/01/bartitsu-course-to-commence-in-harrisburg-pennsylvania/ to see whether he’s currently running any classes.

  • By Rufus Defibaugh, Thursday, 29th August 2013 @ 2:21 am

    Is Bartitsu legal in the sense that sporting events, exhibitions, etc. are allowed? Jesus bless.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Thursday, 29th August 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Yes, but there aren’t enough Bartitsu clubs around to be organising tournaments at this stage.

  • By Josh, Wednesday, 18th September 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Hi everybody. I have started a Bartitsu/Neo-Bartitsu study group in the Tampa Bay area. This group will (as well as we can) cover material presented in the Compendiums as well as other period appropriate manuals. I am having tech issues with the bartitsu forum email, but I will get on as soon possible.

  • By Bartitsu Society, Thursday, 19th September 2013 @ 2:40 am

    Hi Josh,

    I hope you persevere with the Forum – it’s really the best way to get in touch with the rest of the community.

  • By Edward Dawson, Thursday, 26th September 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Good morrow, good evening and good grief.

    I currently live in Edmonton, Canada. To my knowledge there are no Bartitsu instructors in this area? Is Vancouver still the closest?
    I am also planning on moving back to Oxford, England in a few years.



  • By Bartitsu Society, Thursday, 26th September 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    Yes, I think that the Academie Duello in Vancouver is the closest club to you.

  • By Juanse, Friday, 20th December 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Does anybody knows about any Bartitsu Club in South América? I’m argentinian, and i wish to learn how to fight with Bartitsu.
    I think that probably here wouldn’t be a Bartitsu Club in years, so… Can anybody explain me, or teach me ? Thanks!

  • By Bartitsuka, Saturday, 21st December 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    I don’t think that there are any Bartitsu clubs in Argentina. You might try asking via the Bartitsu Forum – http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Bartitsu_Forum/info .

  • By Adam Trick, Thursday, 27th February 2014 @ 10:31 am

    can someone please tell me where I can learn bartitsu in Newcastle Australia. your help would be appreciated

  • By Bartitsuka, Friday, 28th February 2014 @ 2:17 am

    I don’t know of any Bartitsu groups in that part of the world, but I suggest you join the Bartitsu Forum – http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ – and ask there whether there are any local enthusiasts.

  • By Roland, Wednesday, 14th May 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    Hey guys! Quick update on Academie Duello’s Bartitsu offerings (in Vancouver, BC, Canada): We have an intro course available (Fight Like Sherlock Holmes) which runs three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday). The ongoing Bartitsu classes are up to twice weekly: Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • By marco, Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 @ 9:42 am

    I like Bartitsu:-)

  • By admin, Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 @ 11:45 am

    Thanks Marco, we do too :)

  • By morgan king, Saturday, 2nd August 2014 @ 1:44 am

    I sign up for the free lesson in vancouver but i am in calgary is there one in calgary?

  • By Bartitsuka, Saturday, 2nd August 2014 @ 4:10 am

    I don’t think that there are any Bartitsu courses currently operating in Calgary.

  • By Robert Waschka, Friday, 29th May 2015 @ 10:24 pm

    And Bartitsu Club Brno Czechia on House knightly virtues on Brno Hermannova 3, 625 00 Czech Republic, EU

  • By Stephen Leo, Sunday, 23rd August 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    Hello, I would like to know if anyone knows a Bartitsu club/group in Brasil. I’m 16 and i’m amazed by the bartitsu.I’ve always been addicted to the steampunk culture and when I discovered the martial arts used by any gentleman I thought “this is perfect to me”, like i found a martial art that really describes my style. Another good point is that I trained several martial arts like judo, karate, kendo and taekwondo, to me, in those martial arts something was missing and finally I found what as missing.

    Thanks for your attetion

  • By Bartitsuka, Tuesday, 25th August 2015 @ 10:01 pm

    This is the only Brazilian Bartitsu group I’m aware of: https://www.facebook.com/BartitsuBrasil

  • By Daniel, Sunday, 8th November 2015 @ 11:18 pm

    Does anybody know of any Bartitsu clubs near Denver?

  • By Daniel, Sunday, 8th November 2015 @ 11:19 pm

    Does anybody know of any Bartitsu clubs near Denver, CO?

  • By Bartitsuka, Thursday, 12th November 2015 @ 8:41 am

    There have been some Bartitsu seminars in Colorado but there are currently no active clubs there.

  • By Paul, Saturday, 2nd January 2016 @ 7:51 pm

    I am sorry to see no Bartitsu program in Israel. As we are undergoing many attacks on people in the street by knife welding fanatics, this art form would be a lifesaver. Where I live there are many senior citizens who walk with canes and are subject to attacks by common street thugs as well as the danger of assault on the street or bus by fanatics. Bartitsu with it’s cane fighting technique would be wonderful for them. Is there anyone in Israel who could start a Baritsu training program?

  • By Bartitsuka, Sunday, 3rd January 2016 @ 8:21 pm

    Hi Paul,

    curiously enough, Bartitsu stick fighting did, in a sense, make its way to Israel as far back as the 1940s. See this video record of the basics, and be sure to also follow the link to Noah Gross’s article on how this originally Swiss/French fighting style ended up being taught in Israel (by way of India!)

    I don’t know whether this method is still part of the Krav Maga/similar syllabus, but Noah Gross would be the person to contact.

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