Click this link to watch a short demo. and explanation of Bartitsu courtesy of the Riot A.C.T. stunt team, towards promoting author Adrienne Kress’s new steampunk/girl-power novel, The Friday Society. The item was produced by InnerSPACE, an entertainment news series associated with the Canadian SPACE TV channel.
According to Friday Society author Adrienne Kress:
Gotta love Bartitsu, invented at the turn of the 20th century by Edward Barton-Wright. He travelled the world, spending much time in the Far East, returning to England to create a mixed martial art and method of self-defence for ladies and gentlemen using, amongst other props, canes and parasols.
I have Bartitsu in The Friday Society — though I never actually call it by name.
Members of the Riot A.C.T. stunt team demonstrated Bartitsu self defence techniques as part of the gala launch of author Adrienne Kress’ new book, The Friday Society. The gala was held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and the book, a steampunk adventure story, is now available via Amazon.
This interview with author Adrienne Kress re. her upcoming young adult steampunk/superhero/girl power novel The Friday Society reveals that one of the protagonists, a Japanese teenager named Michiko, works as a martial arts instructor for a character based on “Sir Edward Barton-Wright”.
The real-world Barton-Wright was never anywhere close to being knighted, and apparently the character based on him is a pretty nasty fellow, but the book sounds fun. It’s being launched at an event in Toronto on December 7, 2012 which will include a Bartitsu demonstration by members of the Riot A.C.T. stunt team.