Vigny stick fighting in Santiago, Chile

Little sparring with walking stick.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zaterdag 6 mei 2017

Some more fast, strong sparring in the Vigny/Bartitsu style by members of the Santiago Stickfighters club.

Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s presentation on Bartitsu and the Jiujitsu Suffragettes

Here’s a full video record of Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s recent presentation on Bartitsu and suffragette jiujitsu, delivered for the Martial Arts Studies Research Network.  The presentation is followed by a question and answer session, beginning at about 32 minutes into the video.

Vigny-style sparring from the Santiago Stickfighters

Combate con bastón de paseo.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op donderdag 4 mei 2017

Walking-stick sparring in the Bartitsu/Vigny style, as practiced in Santiago, Chile.  Note the smooth, tactical shifts between the double-handed, rear and front guards:

 

May the Fourth be with you, Sherlock!

Above: a memorial plaque commemorating the Holmes/Moriarty encounter,  adjacent to the Reichenbach Falls in Meiringen, Switzerland.

May 4th of 1891 is recognised as the date of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes’ fateful hand-to-hand battle with the Napoleon of Crime, Professor James Moriarty. Their fight took place at the suitably forboding and dramatic brink of the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, described here by Dr. John Watson:

It is, indeed, a fearful place. The torrent, swollen by the melting snow, plunges into a tremendous abyss, from which the spray rolls up like the smoke from a burning house. The shaft into which the river hurls itself is an immense chasm, lined by glistening, coalblack rock, and narrowing into a creaming, boiling pit of incalculable depth, which brims over and shoots the stream onward over its jagged lip. The long sweep of green water roaring for ever down, and the thick flickering curtain of spray hissing for ever upwards, turn a man giddy with their constant whirl and clamour.

Although neither Holmes nor Moriarty appeared to have survived their final encounter, we now know that Holmes had, in fact, defeated his nemesis through his knowledge of what Dr. Watson recorded as “baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling“, then took the opportunity to fake his own demise to throw his other enemies off his trail.

The baritsu moment as envisioned by artist Sidney Paget.

In more recent years, the encounter between Holmes and Moriarty has frequently been dramatised in media including the 1979 Russian TV series, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (click here for a detailed memoir by fight choreographer Nikolay Vaschilin) :

… and the classic 1980s Granada Sherlock Holmes series:

… in comic books – most notably Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:

– and in movies such as Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows:

The opening sequence of the 2011 feature documentary Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes was shot at the brink of the Reichenbach Falls and in the adjacent Swiss town of Meiringen, which still celebrates its association with the famous fight scene:

Sunday in Jurassic Park with George

Jurassic HEMA

BWAHAHAHA, The Lonin Victorian Group, takes its commitment to historical accuracy very seriously, as this short instructional film demonstrates. Join us for Victorian martial arts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays!

Geplaatst door Lonin League op donderdag 13 april 2017

“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!