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.

“Self-Defence with a Bicycle” video from the 2017 Dreynevent

A humourous and enlightening demonstration of Self-Defence with a Bicycle, animating the lessons of Marcus Tindal’s eccentric 1901 Pearson’s Magazine article. The demo took place at the recent Dreynevent historical European martial arts workshops in Vienna.

“One of Many Ways of Throwing a Man, without Exerting Strength, when you Seize him from Behind”

Members of the Cologne Bartitsu Club demonstrate a canonical Bartitsu technique from E.W. Barton-Wright’s article “The New Art of Self-Defence” (Pearson’s Magazine, March-April 1899).

The original text and images follow:

Seize the man by the collar of his coat from behind, and place your foot behind his knee. Pull with your hand, and press with your foot, and he will be at once deposited upon his back!

Without releasing your hold upon his collar, pass your right hand around his neck, so that you can bring your fore-arm across his throat. Then, seizing the right lappet of his coat with your left hand to prevent the coat from moving, you bear down with all your weight across his wind-pipe with your right arm, and so render him powerless to resist, and–if need be–throttle him!

Comments from the winners of the Bartitsu Sparring Video Contest

From Peter Smallridge of the Waterloo Sparring Group:

“I was immediately excited by the prospect of the contest. I’ve been training (and sometimes teaching) at the Basingstoke Bartitsu Irregulars club for years. I’m also a founding member of Waterloo Sparring Group, which exists to give HEMAists of all stripes a venue for extra sparring. I strongly believe that if you want to be able to develop real skill with an art, then alive training is necessary. That means sparring against fully resisting opponents.

Everyone in the video has, thanks to WSG, had plentiful experience sparring with swords. Many also have experience in “modern” martial arts from MMA to escrima to san shou kickboxing to Dog Brothers Gatherings. In that video you see longsword champions, rapier champions and Ringen champions.

Whatever their backgrounds, they’re fighting “Bartitsu”, some with zero training. How? By handing them the ruleset for the competition! We cut some of the more fumbling efforts, but things which work, work! Giving a handful of smart guys with different martial backgrounds the same weapons and ruleset, and they fought in fairly similar ways.

I’m looking forwards to investing the prize money in some loaner gear to help those new to the hobby, and also to getting another UK Bartitsu Alliance gathering event off the ground before too long!”

From Andrés Pino Morales of the Santiago Stickfighting Club (translated from Spanish):

“Last year we became interested in the Bartitsu stick method (we are stickfighting practitioners and wanted to try something different, without a Filipino martial arts basis), so we started to investigate and experiment.  We found your website (Bartitsu.org) and your YouTube videos.

From there we started looking for further material and basically we used H. G. Lang’s book (“The Walking Stick Method of Self Defence”), the articles published on your web site and (Craig) Gemeiner’s instructional videos.  Since we do not speak English we made much use of online translators and images.  We learned about this contest from a member of your Society who participates in a Facebook Bartitsu group.

We enjoyed taking part in the contest and found that the sparring guidelines allowed us to stay true to the system.  We feel that you are doing a very important job to give life to Bartitsu and really prove it as it should be, via sparring.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Bartitsu Sparring Video Competition!

The Bartitsu Sparring Video Competition was initiated in November of 2016. The object was to encourage experimentation with a set of sparring guidelines inspired by the styles practiced at the original Bartitsu Club in London, circa 1901.

The Sparring Video Competition was open to martial artists and combat sport athletes of all styles and received entries from the UK, USA and Latin America.

We are now pleased to be able to announce the winners:

The second prize of US$500 is awarded to the Santiago Stickfighting club based in Santiago, Chile, for the following videos:

 

 

 

The first prize of US$1000 is awarded to the Waterloo Sparring Group based in London, England, for the following compilation video:

The winning videos were judged to have met the conditions imposed by the guidelines and to have best represented both historical/stylistic accuracy and martial intent.

Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to all who entered the competition!

Bartitsu workshop at Sherlocon 2017 (Rome, Italy)

Moments from the Bartitsu seminar at the recent Sherlocon 2017 Sherlock Holmes fandom event, which took place at the Nuovo Teatro Orione in Rome, Italy.  Aimed at interested novices, the workshop included examples of Vigny walking stick fighting, self-defence with an overcoat and several canonical jiujitsu set-plays.

“How to Overthrow an Assailant who Attempts to Strike you in the Face”

Time to get Canonical! 🙂 We all do a lot of free stuff in our training in these days. But the canonical technics are the fundament on which the house is built. So its time to get canonical.

Geplaatst door Cologne Bartitsu Club op zaterdag 21 januari 2017

Members of the Cologne Bartitsu Club demonstrate an interpretation of sequence #2 from E.W. Barton-Wright’s March 1899 article The New Art of Self Defence, “How to Overthrow an Assailant who Attempts to Strike you in the Face”.

Below, Barton-Wright and his unidentified Japanese associate demonstrate the original sequence.

“La Defense dans la Rue” in English

La Defense dans la Rue, Jean Joseph Renaud’s classic work on self defence is now available in English translation from Lulu.com.

During 1905-6 Renaud (1873-1953) became one of the first French nationals to study Japanese martial arts, training with former Bartitsu Club instructor Yukio Tani and Tani’s fellow instructor Taro Miyake “for two summers, that is two periods of three months each, each day and sometimes twice a day”.

As did Bartitsu founder Edward Barton-Wright, Renaud sought to devise a comprehensive approach to antagonistics.  On the subject of various national methods of self defence, he wrote:

… the professors of each one of these sports will, ridiculously, deny the other methods. English boxers mock French boxing, declaring that apart from the kicks, it is not worth giving the time of day; the articles lauding Jiujitsu pretend that a follower of the Japanese science will be capable of pulverising any colossus, in any circumstances, in but three seconds, etc, etc.

One will not find any trace of similar sentiment in this eclectic volume; I simply endeavour to harmoniously gather the really practical methods of defense, whatever their origin, and especially to combine them.

Thus, Defense dans la Rue offers a notably scientific progression of lessons drawn from boxing, savate, jiujitsu, cane fighting and even shooting …