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.

EUROPE

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 throughout the U.K.

Ireland

Nathan Featherstone runs a small study group in Dublin, Ireland

Italy

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

Germany

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.

Greece

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.

Holland

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.

Russia

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

Spain

The Bartitsu Euskadi group offer training in the Basque city of Galdakao. Contact Mikel for more details.

NORTH AMERICA

USA

ALASKA

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.

CALIFORNIA

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.

CONNECTICUT

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

FLORIDA

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.

ILLINOIS

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

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

MICHIGAN

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

The Capital City Bartitsu Society offers instruction in Bartitsu and Kenpo self defence as well as historical fencing with the single stick, cane, great stick and sabre. They are based in Lansing, MI.

MARYLAND

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

NEW YORK

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.

OHIO

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.

OREGON

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

PENNSYLVANIA

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

TEXAS

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

WASHINGTON

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.

Canada

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.

AUSTRALASIA

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.

114 thoughts on “Where can I study Bartitsu?”

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. @Daniel – I would like to get together with others interested in Bartitsu in Colorado. Probably not every week but maybe we can figure something out. I’m currently involved in several martial arts including a cane style. pm me at nitroxbill@msn.com

  5. does anyone know if there is bartitsu training in South Australia I’ve been looking for a unique fighting style to learn and this sound astonishing.

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