Bartitsu seminar at the Academia Duellatoria (Portland, OR)

Guest instructor David McCormick (Bartitsu instructor for the Academie Duello in Vancouver, Canada) will be teaching a special class on Bartitsu on the evening of Thursday, July 28th at the Academia Duellatoria studio in Portland.

Bartitsu was one of the earliest attempts at mixing Eastern and Western martial arts. During the Victorian age in England, the system was billed as the gentleman’s art of self defense and prominently featured the use of the cane or umbrella as a weapon. E.W. Barton-Wright, the system’s creator, recognized that fights have various ranges. The cane, which no gentleman ever went into the streets without, extends one’s reach and lets a fellow defeat an opponent without dirtying his hands. At closer range the hands and feet come into play utilizing savate and pugilism. Closer still, jiujitsu and wrestling are employed.

Cost: $15.00 (all payments going towards offsetting the instructor’s travel expenses)
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Venue: 4755 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR
Please bring a cane if you have one.

Contact via this page for all details.

Portland Bartitsu seminar

The Portland area Bartitsu seminar was held over the weekend of March 20-21, hosted by Jeff Richardson of the Academia Duellatoria historical fencing school. Class sessions covered elements of all of the Bartitsu “base arts” including fisticuffs, low kicking, canonical jiujitsu kata and walking stick defence sequences, then segued into neo-Bartitsu applications based on those sequences.

Here’s a report from Jeff:

The seminar was awesome. I suspect that many won’t realize just how much they absorbed in the two days of the seminar.

For the warmups… I don’t think people actually realised that they were learning falling techniques. I will certainly be taking a new look at how I teach these skills. To the credit of things much of the class was falling in good form by the end of the first day.

Pugilism… what can I say other than it has always held interest, but I have had very little exposure to traditional historic pugilism (though I’m a great fan of modern boxing). Tony’s explanation of stance and the basic punches and guards was clear and concise, providing ample information on the structure of the techniques.

JiuJitsu – well this I have some limited experience in. I enjoyed being thrown around in the demonstrations. The historical take on things was appreciated as well as the emphasis on practicality and unbalancing.

The low kicks likewise had an air of familiarity to them, though in my case from my eastern martial arts background. The pivoting side kick definately has it’s own unique flare to it however.

The cane work was great! I think many would have liked to have seen more of this taught, but much of the other material clearly set up the work with the cane. We had a great time with this material, but the real fun came when we began to mix it all together.

The progression from stick fighting, to punching and unbalancing and grappling was a great time had by all. Tony let things progress from strict practice of techniques to exercises allowed to develop into improvisational free form allowing the students to explore possibilities.

The class was brilliant. Much thanks to Tony for coming out.

And thanks to Jeff for hosting the event.

Portland Bartitsu seminar

The Academia Duellatoria historical fencing school in the Portland, Oregon suburb of Milwaukie, will be hosting a two-day Bartitsu seminar with guest instructor Tony Wolf on March 20-21, 2010.

The seminar will focus on the self defence applications of Bartitsu and the skill of spontaneously transitioning between techniques and styles as required by the needs of the moment.

The registration form PDF is available here.