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.

Bartitsu Featured on Japanese TV

This six-minute Bartitsu featurette recently screened on the Japanese television show Sekai Kurabete Mitara  (“See the World in Comparison”). 

Bartitsu on Film

Some absolutely mental bits from Bartitsu Lab on Japanese TV

Geplaatst door The Bartitsu Lab op Donderdag 30 augustus 2018

Playing to the pop-culture notion of the “gentlemanly martial art” via the Sherlock Holmes and Kingsman movies, the segment still manages to communicate some of the essential details such as Edward Barton-Wright’s travels in Japan and the eclectic boxing/kicking/jiujitsu/Vigny cane nature of Bartitsu.

Kudos to the Bartitsu Lab of Warwickshire, UK and to their instructor Tommy Joe Moore.

Bartitsu Stick Fighting in Bavaria, Germany

Some highly skilled Vigny-style cane play in this demonstration bout by Bartitsu instructor Alex Kiermayer (suspenders and flat cap) and his colleague-at-arms Christoph Reinberger.  Kiermayer and Reinberger have also recently collaborated on the instructional video series Bartitsu: Historische Selbstverteidigung mit dem Spazierstock nach Pierre Vigny.

Part 2, Video Walking Stick: Coburg Zeitreise 2018. Alex and me demonstrated 19 th century self defense. Including foil and sabre fencing. Fighting with the walking stick, pugilism and savate. NOTE: Fighting with the walking stick was a short part of it.Showing only the basics with a little free playing!

Geplaatst door Christoph Bear-Knuckle op Woensdag 8 augustus 2018

Note especially the fluid, ambidextrous shifts between attack and defence techniques and between various single and double-handed guard positions, as per numerous eyewitness accounts of the Vigny style in action during the early 20th century.

More Cane Sparring from the Santiago Stickfighters

Walking Stick Combat, sparring de bastón de madera y blackswift.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op Dinsdag 7 augustus 2018

Chilean stickfighter Andres Morales (in blue) wields a ball-handled madeira wood stick against an opponent armed with a BlackSwift self-defence cane.

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.