Some flashy canne and umbrella combat!
The first five pages of Book 1 of the Suffrajitsu trilogy are now available as a free preview from Comic Book Resources.
The graphic novel is set in the milieu of the radical suffragette movement during 1914 and also features a strong Bartitsu theme. It is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com and will go on sale for both US and international readers via Amazon and comiXology on January 28th.
The Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy, written by Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com:
In the year 1914, with Europe on the brink or war, the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement are fugitives from the law. Their last line of defence is the secret society of Amazons; women trained in the martial art of Bartitsu and sworn to protect their leaders from arrest and assault …
(And yes, that is the Bartitsu Club shown at 00:25 in the video!)
Readers may recall our April, 2013 article presenting the “Dr. Latson Method of Self Defense” and the bizarre scandal and mystery that later enveloped the principals of that method.
Now, researcher Maxime Chouinard has tracked down an article featuring most of those photographs, plus one additional image, that appeared in the June 11, 1911 edition of the Denver Post. Visit his blog to read When a Thug Attacks You, and ponder; this anonymous article was published two months after Dr. Latson’s mysterious death.
Details and enrollment are now available for the first International Pugilism Symposium, to be hosted by the Gallowglass Academy at the Clock Tower Resort in Rockford, Illinois, USA. The symposium will run between May 30-31, 2015.
A top-notch range of British and American instructors will offer intensive seminars in aspects of historical pugilism (pre-Queensberry Rules boxing) as both sport and self-defence, including:
Saturday May 30
8:45 AM – Opening Remarks and Introductions.
9:00 AM – Pugilism 101: Focus on the Fundamentals w/ Tim Ruzicki
10:30 AM – Power Generation via Dempsey’s Method w/ Ken Pfrenger
Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch, discussion about the history of pugilism with all instructors
1:30 PM – The Cross Counter w/ Martin “Oz” Austwick
3:00 PM – Punch Him in the Face, Throw Him on His Head Part I w/Kirk Lawson
4:30 PM – Classes end for the day
Sunday, May 31
9:00 AM – Chancery w/Martin “Oz” Austwick
10:30 AM – Punch Him in the Face, Throw Him on His Head Part II w/Kirk Lawson
Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch Break
1:30 PM – The Geometry of Pugilism w/ Tim Ruzicki
3:00 PM – Russian Fisticuffs w/Ken Pfrenger
4:30 PM – Closing Remarks
Oz Austwick, the chief instructor of the English Martial Arts Academy has just published a new ebook on the 7 Secrets of Bareknuckle Prizefighters. as well as an audiobook on the basics of pugilism. Whilst they focus on a slightly earlier form of boxing to that common at the time of Barton-Wright, they are sure to be interesting to all students of the martial arts, and especially those working on traditional western empty handed arts. The book can be found at Oz’s great pugilism resource site, pugilism.org.
Pugilism, the earlier form of boxing is a fascinating and dynamic martial art. It’s especially of interest to Bartitsu practitioners since it works very well with jujitsu and stick play. Covering strikes, standing grappling and trapping and defensive techniques, Classical Pugilism is the art as practiced by greats such as James Figg and Daniel Mendoza.
Martin Austwick of the English Martial Arts academy is one of the most well-known instructors of this art, having taught in several countries and for many organisations. As well as teaching, he writes professionally on both martial arts and health, including for the Royal College of Surgeons. He has recently published an eBook covering the basics of traditional English bare knuckle boxing.
For those new to the art, and especially for those with experience in other arts this gives you sound and practical advice on how to punch hard and safely and how to defend against the same. The book can be downloaded here and there is also a free training guide to the Standing Chancery hold.
The Bujinkan Newbury Dojo will be hosting a 3 month introductory course in Bartitsu, taught by Michael Noel Jones. Michael has been leading a study group in Basingstoke for 2 years and is a long standing instructor of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
The class will be held at Unit 39, Centerprise House, Greenham Business Park. A map can be found here. Classes start on the 3rd of May and run from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.