“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.

Walking Stick vs. Two Unarmed Opponents

Chilean stick fighter Andres Morales takes no prisoners in this sparring contest, demonstrating how to defend against two unarmed opponents.

Trabajo de walking stick vs 2 .

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zondag 18 maart 2018

Note Andres’ use of footwork and deceptive, powerful strikes to his opponents’ heads, faces and attacking limbs, employing the cane from both single and double-handed grips.  At close quarters, he follows the advice given by E.W. Barton-Wright and Pierre Vigny, relying on “bayonet” thrusts from the double-handed grip to regain distance and initiative.

 

Bartitsu/Vigny Stick Sparring

Andres Morales of Chile (in the black shirt/shorts combo) and a sparring partner demonstrate the quick, deceptive Vigny canne style, as incorporated into Bartitsu circa 1900. 

La canne vigny

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zaterdag 10 maart 2018

As described by a journalist from The Sporting Life newspaper in July of 1899:

(Vigny) first proceeded to demonstrate the use of the stick by showing the different attacks and guards, displaying wonderful wrist work, in which great strengths and suppleness were combined. He grasps a stout Malacca cane about six inches from the end, and does all the movements with the wrist only, and not with the fingers. He passes his stick from right hand to left and vice versa without the slightest trouble, using right-hand and left-hand alternately with equal dexterity.

“Suffrajitsu” Back in the News as UK Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

February 6, 2108 marks the centennial anniversary of (limited) women’s suffrage in the UK.  As numerous cultural and media organisations mark the anniversary, here are some current and upcoming projects that focus particularly on “suffrajitsu” – the use of jiujitsu by radical suffagette Bodyguards, circa 1913-14.

The Good Fight

Chicago’s Babes With Blades Theatre Company is currently staging Anne Bertram’s play The Good Fight, which details the history and missions of the suffragette Bodyguard team.  Women’s jiujitsu pioneer and Bodyguard trainer Edith Garrud appears as a character in the play.

Suffrajitsu by Horse + Bamboo Theatre

England’s Horse + Bamboo Theatre Company is currently developing Suffrajitsu, an original play celebrating the suffragette Bodyguard through puppetry, music and film.  Aimed at young audiences, the play will begin touring the UK in Autumn 2018; you can learn more about, and support the project via this Crowdfunder site.

“The Awesome Art of Suffrajitsu”

The UK fashion and lifestyle magazine Stylist has featured suffrajitsu, including some great original illustrations, in its suffragette centennial issue.

No Man Shall Protect Us

Currently in production, the documentary No Man Shall Protect Us: The Hidden History of the Suffragette Bodyguards will make use of narration, rare archival media and dramatic re-enactments.  Successfully crowdfunded in late 2017 and co-produced by Tony Wolf, author of the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy, the completed documentary will be made freely available online later this year.

Suffrajitsu at the Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England will be showcasing Edith Garrud’s suffrajitsu as part of the Warrior Women exhibition during mid-late February.

Kitty Marshall: Suffragette Bodyguard at the Museum of London

The Museum of London’s year-long Votes for Women exhibition includes a showcase for Katherine “Kitty” Marshall, who was an active member of Emmeline Pankhurst’s Bodyguard team.  Marshall also wrote the memoir Suffragette Escapes and Adventures, which currently exists in manuscript form as part of the Museum’s suffragette collection.

Kitty and the Cats: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Suffragette Bodyguard and the London Police

Author Emelyne Godfrey’s book on Kitty Marshall and the Bodyguard will be released later in 2018.

Suffragette City

Suffrajitsu martial arts lessons will be part of the UK National Trust’s Suffragette City, an immersive, interactive experience that will recreate the headquarters of the Women’s Social and Political Union circa 1913.

Vigny vs. Vigny

La canne vigny en Santiago Stickfighting.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zaterdag 3 februari 2018

Santiago stickfighter Andres Morales (in the fencing mask with white trim) takes on a sparring partner also using the Vigny style in this clip from our Chilean colleagues.

Vigny-style Sparring Under the Canopy

Santiago stickfighting La canne vigny

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zaterdag 27 januari 2018

Chilean stick fighter Andres Morales, in the fencing mask with white trim, and a sparring partner demonstrate some of the challenges of sparring in the Vigny style under low-hanging branches.

More from the Santiago Stickfighters

Andres Morales (in the fencing mask with white trim) demonstrates the Vigny style in action against an opponent using a more generic style in this recent sparring match:

In this clip Mr. Morales takes on two opponents at once, fighting on uneven terrain and through the obstacle of overhanging tree branches:

La canne vigny vs 2 stickfighter

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zondag 14 januari 2018