Western Martial Arts Illustrated magazine


Western Martial Arts Illustrated is a professional quality print magazine dedicated to the entire field of Western martial arts.

Of particular interest to Bartitsu enthusiasts, past issues have included detailed articles on Bartitsu, bare-knuckle pugilism, Jean Joseph Renaud’s defense dans la rue and personalities such as Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, the Sword Prince.

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“Self Protection on a Cycle” at ISMAC

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No-one is sure whether Marcus Tindal’s 1901 article, “Self-protection on a Cycle”, was ever intended to be taken seriously. It may well have been a direct parody of E.W. Barton-Wright’s articles on “Self Defence with a Walking Stick” for Pearson’s Magazine.

Nevertheless, participants at May’s International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Conference in Detroit, Michigan, were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put some of Mr. Tindal’s lessons into practice in a special seminar taught by Tony Wolf.

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With special thanks to Bartitsu Society member Tom Badillo, who volunteered the use of his FIST impact suit for this class, and to the Art of Combat volunteer who wore it …