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.

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:

“Dexterity and Quickness”: Vigny Cane Shadow-Fighting

Chilean stickfighter Andres Morales demonstrates a shadow-fighting exercise with a ball-handled cane in this new video.  Most of the techniques shown are from the Vigny style, with some reverse-grip influence from Arturo Bonafont.

Santiago Stickfighting, sombra con walking stick.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op Zaterdag 3 november 2018

A spectator at one of Pierre Vigny’s Bartitsu cane demonstrations during March of 1900 wrote:

Everybody has heard of this new defence and offence, but it was a revelation to the audience to see the splendid development, the dexterity and quickness, and even grace, of the exponents of this really wonderful science.

A striking feature of the training is that in all the exercises the pupil must become ambidextrous; in fact, the rapid transference of the walking-stick from one hand to the other was, to the uninitiated at least, one of the most powerful factors in offence and defence, and one likely to prove most puzzling to the opponent.

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.

Bartitsucon 2018 Classes and Instructors

Participants in the upcoming Bartitsucon 2018 event will experience the full range of Bartitsu training, along with some related skills, as taught by no fewer than six instructors.  In addition to the panoply of seminars, the two-day event will also feature interclub sparring in four styles: pugilism, savate assaut, grappling and cane fighting.

Bartitsucon 2018 will take place between November 10-11 at the Redditch Boxing Academy in Redditch, UK.  Click here for further details and to book your ticket!

Saturday agenda:

Open and welcome:

09.30

Session 1

10 am – 11.30:

Prize Ring Rules: Pugilism and the Science of Self Defence

Tommy Moore, The Bartitsu Lab

Covering:

  • Pugilism techniques 101
  • Crafty In-play
  • Power generation
  • Pugilism vs modern boxing approaches

Session 2:

11.40 – 13.10

Close Range Cane

James Stewart, Dewskitch School of Impact Arts

Covering:

  • Basic grips (and the strikes that best suit)
  • Close range cane striking
  • Defence against grabs and holds

Lunch: 13.10 – 13.40

Food to be provided. Buffet lunch and drinks.

Session 3: 13.40 – 15.10

Suffrajitsu

Jennifer Garside

Covering:

Practical ways to use science, subterfuge, ju jitsu and antagonistics to defeat the most seasoned policemen the Met can throw at you. Drawing on the inspirational strategies, studies and techniques of “the Bodyguard”.

Session 4: 15.10 – 16.30

Improvised weapons

Duncan Mcnulty, Bartitsu and Antagonistics Forum

Covering:

  • Flexible weapons
  • Coat, cosh, weighted handkerchief
  • Improvised weaponry

Session 5: 16.40 – 18.00

Catch Wrestling

Mark Randall

Covering:

  • Smashing people up
  • Ripping things off people
  • Twisting off heads

Depart / Open mat for sparring and free work 18.00 – 18.45

Sunday agenda:

Open and welcome:

09.00

Session 1

9.30 am – 11 am:

Chausson: early Savate

Tommy Moore, The Bartitsu Lab

Covering:

  • Savate kicking techniques 101
  • Open hand strikes
  • Combination hitting

Session 2:

11.10 – 12.40

Bartitsu-era Ju Jitsu

Peter Smallridge, Basingstoke Bartitsu Irregulars

Covering:

Joint breaks, locks and Bartitsu grappling, otherwise known as:

“Subjecting the joints of any part of his body, whether neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, back, knee, ankle, etc. to strain which they are anatomically and mechanically unable to resist.”

Lunch: 12.40 – 13.10

Food to be provided. Buffet lunch and drinks.

13.10 – 16.30: Interclub sparring

Some competitions will be simultaneous in ring / on mats. Participants to email their weight, experience levels.

Competition 1: Pugilism

Medium / controlled contact, x 1 5-minute round, grilled head guard, MMA gloves. Throws and trips allowed. Scoring based on clean shots, control of ring, and technical competence.

Competition 2: Savate

X 3 90 second rounds of Savate Assaut, light continuous contact. Scores based on clean shots, ring craft, ring control and technical competence.

Competition 3: Grappling

X 1 5-minute round.

Gi / No Gi at discretion of participants. Slams / high velocity throws to be avoided wherever possible. Three options of play:

  1. 1. Ground grappling to a pin / submit (as agreed by participants)
  2. 2. From standing to a successful throw / takedown
  3. 3. Full grappling (from standing to submit or pin)

Competition 4: Cane

X 2 2-minute rounds. Gloves, mask and padded stick / or light rattan. Contact levels agreed between participants. Additional padding optional. Striking with limbs allowed. Disarm wins the round. Otherwise scored on clean striking, mat control and technique.

Sparring with a Ball-Handled Cane

Andres Morales of the Santiago Stickfighters (wearing shorts) wields a ball-handled cane in this recent sparring match:

Sparring walking stick con cabeza de pelota de golf.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op Vrijdag 5 oktober 2018

The length and asymmetrical balance of the Vigny self-defence cane has a substantial impact on the fighting style itself, affording a versatile weapon with a mace-like “heavy hitting” end and a whip-like “fast striking” end.  This was the inspiration behind the design of the Vigny sparring cane now offered by Purpleheart Armory, which features a solid rubber ball handle.