Introduction to Bartitsu & Edwardian Cane Self Defense in Alexandria, VA

Chris Dyer of the Capital Kunst des Fechtens historical martial arts school will be teaching an introductory workshop on Bartitsu and cane self-defense techniques developed by Edward William Barton-Wright in Edwardian England.

The class will be held on 1 June at 8.00 pm at 25 S. Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314-4524, United States. All equipment will be provided.

This class is open to visitors for $10.

Bartitsu with Allen Reed at “Cogs and Corsets” in Bloomington, IL

Come learn the martial art made famous by Sherlock Holmes when he fought with his nemesis Prof. Moriarty at the top of Reichenbach Falls.
 
Prof. Reed spent many years tracking down and apprehending miscreants who violated the law. Now in retirement he brings his experience in antagonistics, fisticuffs and preventing mayhem to ladies and gentlemen who may find themselves in need of such training when waylaid by hooligans upon the highways and byways.
 

The class is scheduled for 2 PM on Saturday June 3rd on the lawn of the historic courthouse in Bloomington, IL. For more information about all the events of the three day festival (June 2 to 4, 2017) see http://www.cogsandcorsetsil.com.

Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s presentation on Bartitsu and the Jiujitsu Suffragettes

Here’s a full video record of Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s recent presentation on Bartitsu and suffragette jiujitsu, delivered for the Martial Arts Studies Research Network.  The presentation is followed by a question and answer session, beginning at about 32 minutes into the video.

Emelyne Godfrey to lecture on Bartitsu and suffragette jiujitsu

Emelyne Godfrey’s presentation on Bartitsu and Suffragette Jujitsu of the early 20th Century will be given at the next Martial Arts Studies Research Network Event, ‘New Research on Japanese Martial Arts’, which will take place on 3rd May 2017, at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

Bartitsu returns to the Royal Armouries (Leeds)

Sherlock, Stock and Barrel is a Sherlock Holmes-themed event taking place at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds, England between April 29-May 1.

Notably, the event marks the return of Bartitsu demonstrations to the Armouries, which had, in the year 2001, hosted the first known Bartitsu demos to have taken place since 1902.

Inspired by E.W. Barton-Wright’s Self Defence With a Walking Stick articles, which had then only recently been republished by the Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences, the 2001 Bartitsu  demos were performed by Fight Interpreters Keith Ducklin and Rob Temple as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

Above – Keith Ducklin (left) and Rob Temple demonstrate canonical Bartitsu techniques at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds (2001).

The 2017 Ken Pfrenger Memorial Pugilism Symposium

Announcing the Ken Pfrenger Memorial Pugilism Symposium, a historical pugilism workshop to be held on Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, 2017 in Arlington Heights, IL., USA.

Background

Ken Pfrenger was a well known researcher, interpreter and instructor in historical pugilism, amongst other martial arts. He taught at ISMAC, CombatCon, Gallowglass Academy, the Recreational Violence Weekend(s) and at his own school in north-eastern Ohio.

Ken passed away unexpectedly last year, leaving his wife to raise his young son. A portion of each registration from this event will go to help out his wife. A silent auction is also planned that will include a gift certificate for a full scholarship to the 2018 Pugilism Symposium and numerous other items. All proceeds from the auction will go to Ken’s wife.

The Event

Instructors for the symposium include Martin “Oz” Austwick (UK), Kirk Lawson (USA), Allen Reed (USA) and Tim Ruzicki (USA).

Classes currently scheduled include:

Col. Monstery’s Boxing for Self Defense

Principles of Power Generation

Frowned Upon – Perfectly Legal Dirty Tricks

Counter Attacking in Single Time

Using your Elbows in Pugilism

For all classes CLOSED face martial arts head gear, MMA gloves and mouth guard are required. Men should also wear groin protection.

Registration, etc.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older to take part in the Symposium.

Registration until May 1, 2017 is $200 for both Saturday and Sunday or $125 for either Saturday OR Sunday.  After May 1st, registration goes to $300 for both days or $175 for either Saturday OR Sunday.

A block of rooms at the Double Tree Hotel is being held until May 17, 2017.

A shuttle can be arrranged from O’Hare Airport by calling the hotel once you are at the airport.

To make reservations for the symposium and/or to reserve a room at the hotel, please go to the Gallowglass Academy Ken Pfrenger Memorial Pugilism Symposium site.