Canne Vigny and Defense dans la Rue Seminar in Australia

Instructor and pioneering Vigny cane revivalist Craig Gemeiner will be offering a seminar in Vigny cane fighting and defense dans la rue (early 20th century French street self-defence) on Sunday, 24 February 2019. The seminar will take place at Toowoomba East State School and is being hosted by the Historical School of Defence – Toowoomba.

La canne Vigny :

The “walking stick method of self -defence”

Pierre Vigny was one of the most innovative masters of la canne. Born in 1869, he began his training at a young age venturing from one academy to another, learning new European martial arts techniques and testing his skills against anyone who would pick up a sword, stick or pair of boxing gloves. By 1889 Vigny had perfected his own method of la canne, the system could be described as a mixture of several European self -defence methods. Vigny’s stick fighting method focused on personal protection and not the academic nor sporting applications as commonly taught during the era. La canne Vigny is well documented and today practitioners are privileged to be able to tap into a system that’s time tested, versatile and still very workable on the street.

Defense dans la Rue:

As a system of personal combat Defense dans la Rue (DDLR), meaning ‘defence in the street’ was heavily influenced by the social conditions of the late 1800s. Urban violence fuelled by Parisian street gangs called the Apaches, along with the advent of Belle Epoque period mixed martial arts competition was the catalyst for its creation. Renowned as a simple but highly efficient system of self -defence, techniques included Savate open hand strikes, low line Savate kicking (Leclerc method) English boxing, grappling and weapon base skills. Since its early development Défense dans la Rue has gone on to acquire a unique style and tactical application. Defense dans la Rue is well documented and today practitioners are privileged to be able to tap into a system that’s time tested, versatile and still very workable on the street.

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Bartitsu Seminar in Yorkshire

Members of the Tree of Shields historical fencing club (Yorkshire, UK) pose after a recent Bartitsu seminar with instructor Kevin Allmond of the Haworth Industrial Bartitsu Club.

Shields! Bartitsu night was a pain in the neck… Geddit.Tom

Geplaatst door Tree of Shields op Maandag 31 juli 2017

Above: Kevin Allmond demonstrates a neo-Bartitsu umbrella takedown.

“Bartitsu Cane Combat” Workshop at Dreynevent 2019

Instructor Stefan Dieke will be running a Bartitsu cane seminar at the upcoming Dreynevent HEMA conference in Vienna. The conference will take place in February 2019.


Bartitsu Cane Combat – the framework and how we filled its gaps

Trainer: Stefan Dieke

Description:  In 1901 a two-volume newspaper article with the title of “Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions” was published in Pearson’s Magazine, showcasing a number of example techniques of Bartitsu cane fighting to the general public.

This article forms the main source for Bartitsu cane combat. Unfortunately, the purpose of such an newspaper article is not to provide detailed information about the system but to stirr curiosity and create interest in the subject. Obviously this is a problematic source for HEMA practitioners as it only provides a selection of example techniques (which may even be altered to be suitable for the readers of the magazine) and not the complete system with the underlying principles.

This class is about what the system may have looked like, based on careful analysis of the illustrations, reading between the lines and practical experience when applying the techniques in freeplay.  We will look at some of the iconic Bartitsu cane combat techniques for fundamental body mechanics, some questionable techniques which are key to our assumptions for the system and at least one really clever technique which gives a glimpse at how advanced the system might have been.

Required Equipment:  A wooden stick (eg, beak or hazelnut) of approximately 22mm (7/8″) diameter and 95-100 cm (38-40″) length, fencing mask, (padded) gloves.

Skill level of Participants:  This workshop suitable also for complete beginners but knowing a twerhau/entrüsthau has some advantages.

A Photo Gallery from Day 2 of BartitsuCon 2018

Instructors Peter Smallridge (top) and Tommy Joe Moore demonstrate jiujitsu ne-waza (mat fighting).
The shuto or tegatana (“hand-sword”) of jiujitsu atemi-waza (striking techniques).
The savate fouette median (mid-level roundhouse kick).
A lunging palm-heel strike.
Savate sparring: the chassé frontal (front kick).
Savate sparring: the revers lateral tournant (spinning hook kick).
Jiujitsu newaza randori (freestyle mat grappling).
Savate sparring: Tommy Joe Moore (left) evades a coup de pied bas (low front kick).
Southpaw fisticuffs!

A Photo Gallery from Day 1 of BartitsuCon 2018

The savate fouette median (mid-level roundhouse kick).
Fisticuffs!
Pad work.
Instructor Tommy Joe Moore demonstrates a right hand punch.
“We have guards which are not at all like the guards taught in schools, and which will make the assailant hurt his own hand and arm very seriously.” – E.W. Barton-Wright
“With a little practice it becomes easy to make sure of hooking a man firmly by the neck (…) – E.W. Barton-Wright
The Vigny cane “bayonet grip” opposed to a dagger-wielding opponent.
Close-quarters work with the cane.
A painful “suffrajitsu” wrist and elbow lock applied by instructor Jennifer Garside.
Instructor Peter Smallridge demonstrates the fine points of jiujitsu newaza (ground grappling).
A little combat yoga, a.k.a. jiujitsu mat work.

Bartitsu to Feature on BBC2’s “Celebrity Antiques Road Trip” on Friday Nov. 16th

Viewers with access to BBC2 should keep an eye out for this upcoming episode of the popular Celebrity Antiques Road Trip series, in which comedians Al Murray and Paul Chowdhry hunt for antiques whose auction sales will benefit the BBC’s Children in Need charity. A tangent will also see Paul Chowdhry investigating Bartitsu, in collaboration with the Manley Academy of Historical Swordsmanship.

Stick Fighting and Pugilism Videos from Day 1 of BartitsuCon 2018

Instructors at the BartitsuCon interclub seminar and sparring event offer tips on close-quarters cane applications and the delivery of the “chopper” punch:

BartitsuCon 2018 is Coming Up Fast!

A reminder that BartitsuCon 2018 is now less than a week away!  Tickets are still available for this UK-based interclub seminar and sparring event, which will feature classes by multiple instructors in old-school boxing and savate, cane fighting, jiujitsu, catch wrestling and improvised weaponry.

Bartitsu

Bartitsu: the late Victorian way to stomp out a hostile bretheren.

Geplaatst door The Bartitsu Lab op Woensdag 8 augustus 2018

Bartitsu and Suffrajitsu in York, U.K.

Instructor Lauren Ireland of the York School of Defence will be teaching a six-week introductory course in Bartitsu and suffrajitsu.  The course will take place between 8.30-10.00 pm on Wednesday evenings at the Melbourne Centre, Escrick Street, York, YO10 4AW. The first class commences on the 24th of October and the course runs through until the 5th of December with a one week break on the 14th of November.