More on Bartitsucon 2018

Organised by the indefaticable Tommy Joe Moore of the Bartitsu Lab, Bartitsucon 2018 will be an interclub seminar and sparring event taking place near Birmingham, UK between November 10-11.

Seminars in pugilism, savate, ju jitsu and stick fighting (in isolation and in combination) will be largely concentrated during the first day of the event, with more sparring based content and competitions on the Sunday.

For class, instructor and logistical details, and to book tickets for the event, please see the new Bartitsucon 2018 Eventbrite page.

Bartitsu Demonstration at the Polish Army Museum

Members of the Club L’Extreme Est of Warsaw, Poland exhibited Bartitsu at the Polish War Museum on Saturday, September 23.  The demonstration was based on the martial arts journey of Edward Barton-Wright in combining techniques from Japanese jiujitsu with English boxing, French kickboxing and the Vigny style of stick fighting.

Thanks to Iza Szypulska for these photographs:

Neo-Bartitsu in Santa Rosa, CA

Images from a recent neo-Bartitsu seminar in San Francisco, which included introductions to Vigny cane fighting, pugilism and Indian club swinging as well as low kicking and jiujitsu.  The seminar was co-instructed by Tom Badillo and Fred Kaye at the En Garde Fencing school in Santa Rosa, California.

Instructors Badillo (far left) and Kaye (second from left) supervise a cane exercise.
Fred Kaye explains the basics of c1900 pugilism.
Instructor Kaye introduces Indian club swinging.

“Baritsu” Displays at Sherlockon 2018 (Poland)

Members of the Polish savate and Bartitsu club L’Extreme Est demonstrate aspects of Edwardian-era martial arts, including fisticuffs, kicking, cane fighting, jujitsu and foil fencing, for the audience at the recent Sherlockon 2018 fan convention in Warsaw.

Neo-Bartitsu Seminar in California

Instructors Tom Badillo and Fred Kaye will be teaching a neo-Bartitsu seminar at the En Garde Fencing school in Santa Rosa, California on September 22nd:

Chronicled in the annals of Sherlock Holmes, Bartitsu is purported to be the world’s first mixed martial art. This system of self-defense was originally developed and practiced in England in the years 1898-1902.

A blend of Western and Eastern martial arts, Bartitsu synthesized elements of jujitsu, pugilism, wrestling, Savate, and Vigny stick-fighting. Developed to defend the gentry against vicious street gangs, this martial art was pressure tested in the dangerous world of the late 19th century. This comprehensive martial system is as applicable today as it was at the time.

The Seminar will focus on Physical Culture with a primer on the use of Indian clubs as a martial arts training tool, then moving on to the core principles of the use of the cane, savate kicking style, bare-knuckle pugilism and jujitsu. Working through canonical materials and on to Neo-Bartitsu for use in the modern context.

Further details can be found here.

An Exhibition of Old-School Fisticuffs

Bartitsu instructor Alex Kiermayer (in black pants) and his colleague Christoph Reinberger perform an exhibition of bare-knuckle pugilism at the Coburg Zeitreise 2018.

Geplaatst door Christoph Bear-Knuckle op Zondag 22 juli 2018

Although this is clearly a friendly demonstration rather than a serious contest, note the upright and even slightly backward-leaning fighting stances, shifts between lowered/extended guard positions, milling the fists and transition into standing grappling and throwing, all of which are characteristic of boxing under various 19th century rulesets.

“Self Defence with Sherlock Holmes” at the Royal Armouries Museum (Leeds, UK)

A recent Bartitsu display at the Royal Armouries Museum.

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, UK will be offering hands-on Bartitsu classes for children as part of an upcoming series of workshops in various historical martial arts.  The classes will run daily at 11am, 1pm & 3pm between August 13-17.

See this link for further details.