Suffrajitsu Documentary “No Man Shall Protect Us” is Now Available

The documentary No Man Shall Protect Us: The Hidden History of the Suffragette Bodyguards is now freely available via Vimeo.

Written, co-directed and co-produced by Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, the 50-minute documentary explores the origins and exploits of “The Bodyguard” – a secret society of women who trained in jiujitsu and defended the leaders of the radical suffragette movement in England.

Some images from the documentary:

 

Another Video Lesson from “Bartitsu: Historical Self-Defence with a Walking Stick”

This segment from Bartitsu: Historische Selbstverteidigung mit dem Spazierstock nach Pierre Vigny demonstrates some of the fundamental angles and targets used in basic striking drills.

The full series of video lessons is now available in the German language and an English-subtitled version is expected to become available soon.

Boxe Française Historique: a Reconstruction of Classical Savate Sparring

The recent HEMAC historical martial arts conference in Dijon, France included this fascinating reconstruction of 19th century Boxe Française – Savate sparring by members of the Fédération Française des Arts Martiaux Historiques Européens.

The aim of this sparring match was to faithfully reproduce the techniques presented in the treatises of Charlemont, Leboucher and other savate masters who taught the French art of unarmed combat from the beginning of the 19th century through the middle of the 20th.

For comparison, see this 1896 film of savate practitioners in action:

Note that this type of stylised, light-contact sparring reflects the desire of some professional instructors during the late 19th century to separate French kickboxing from its rowdy, back-alley origins. Instructors such as the Charlemonts wished to promote French kickboxing as a relatively genteel combat game and as a method of physical culture, suitable for middle-class patrons of commercial salles de savate. Inevitably, that rather academic and courteous style drew criticism from other quarters, especially from self defence-oriented instructors and from would-be professional athletes, who advocated for a hard-hitting version of the sport influenced by the no-nonsense ethos of English and American boxing.

Light-contact, academic sparring persists as the “savate assaut” option in modern Boxe Française – Savate, contrasted with the full-contact “savate combat”.

Video Lessons from “Bartitsu: Historical Self Defence With a Walking Stick”




Here are two free sample lessons from the new training video Bartitsu – Historische Selbstverteidigung mit dem Spazierstock nach Pierre Vigny, produced by Agilitas.tv and featuring Bartitsu instructor Alex Kiermayer. Note that the instructional video series is currently only available in the German language, but that an English-subtitled version is expected to become available soon.

An Update on Alex Kiermayer’s Bartitsu Stickfighting Instructional Video

German Bartitsu instructor Alex Kiermayer has collaborated with Agilitas.tv in producing this new instructional video series on the art of Vigny stick fighting, as incorporated into the original Bartitsu curriculum at the turn of the 20th century.

The series runs to 2 hours and 53 minutes and the German-narrated version is now available as a streaming download via Vimeo and on DVD via this site.

Subtitled English-language versions will soon be available – watch this space for details!

Terence Hill Wields a Mean Cane

Bud Spencer Bartitsu Tribute

A Tribute to a Friend from Nova Scrimia UK – Bartitsu Bristol… a great Italian Actor and Sportsman.. enjoy some Bartitsu Style fighting from the Duo! Farewell #BudSpencer

Geplaatst door Nova Scrimia UK – Bartitsu Bristol op donderdag 30 juni 2016

Readers of a certain vintage may fondly recall the Terence Hill/Bud Spencer buddy comedies of the 1970s, which were best known for their paper-thin plots and gleefully inventive fight scenes.  In this scene, the hulking brawler Spencer does what he does best, while the agile, fast-talking Hill discovers a new slapstick weapon in the form of the gentlemanly cane.

Cane Vs. Sword (Sherlock Holmes, 2009)

The climactic fight between Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr. and Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), in which Holmes appropriately wields a cane against Blackwood’s devilish blade:

For details on this scene and other aspects of “movie baritsu”, check out our interview with Sherlock Holmes fight choreographer Richard Ryan.

Compare and Contrast the Vigny and Bonafont Cane Styles

Santiago Stickfighting, la canne Vigny.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op dinsdag 1 mei 2018

Bonafont, esgrima de bastón.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zondag 29 april 2018

The prolific and talented Andres Morales of Chile demonstrates cane fighting techniques from two diverse styles; the Vigny method, as practiced in England and Switzerland during the very early 20th century and, with some modifications, in 1920s India and 1940s Palestine, and the Bonafont style of 1920s and ’30s Argentina.

“Self-Protection on a Cycle” Re-Animated

Here’s an edited recap of the main lessons from Marcus Tindal’s article “Self-Protection on a Cycle”, as brought to life at the 2017 Dreynevent Western martial arts conference. The full presentation is available here.

Tindal’s article was published by Pearson’s Magazine at about the same time as E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu articles, leading to the common mistaken assumption that bicycle self-defence was part of Bartitsu per se. It does, however, come under the heading of fun adjunct studies and is occasionally revived, as previously seen at the ISMAC event in Michigan.