Bartitsu and 19th century “antagonistics” at CombatCon 2012

Bartitsu, classical fencing, bare-knuckle pugilism and Irish stick fighting will be among the many classes at this year’s CombatCon event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will also include a wide range of panel discussions, sparring tournaments and demonstrations; see the CombatCon website for all details.

Bartitsu at CombatCon 2012

Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf (left) will be teaching an introductory class among the many attractions of CombatCon 2012 at the Tuscany Suites hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (July 6-8).

A confluence of Western martial arts with pop-culture entertainment genres (horror, pirates, science fiction, steampunk etc.), CombatCon offers a very wide assortment of hands-on classes, demonstrations, panel discussions and vendor’s booths. 19th century antagonistics were well-represented at last years’ convention, which also included a large “museum” room devoted to steampunk artifacts … who knows what else CombatCon 2012 has in store?

More from the CombatCon …

The CombatCon event in Las Vegas is now a little over 8 weeks away. Along with numerous classes in Western martial arts (everything from Renaisance-era Italian longsword fencing to bullwhip fighting), the event will feature multiple demonstrations, tournaments and panel discussions.

We’re pleased to announce that the CombatCon film expo will include a public screening of the new documentary Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes, to be followed by a talkback session with co-producer/co-director Tony Wolf.

19th century “antagonistics” will be well-represented at the practical level as well, with taster classes in Bartitsu, bare-knuckle boxing, singlestick fencing, Italian military sabre fencing, Spanish navaja knife fighting, Victorian cane self defence and more.

19th century/Steampunk martial arts at CombatCon

A partial class list is now on-line for Combat Con Las Vegas.

There are four ways to look at the classes based on how you study Western Martial Arts. You can view the classes along with their short descriptions or you can look at the list via System/Style or via Weapon. Lastly, each instructor’s bio page lists their classes at the bottom.

The 19th century/Steampunk classes listed so far include Manly Arts of Self Defence (singlestick, pugilism and wrestling), Bartitsu: The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes, Radellian Sabre, Victorian Cane, Singlestick and Repelling boarders against Sky Pirates.

From the organisers:

Nearly half of the classes are online right now and the organisers will be adding more soon, so be sure to check back often. Attendees will be able to choose between more intensive 2 hr classes or a variety of one hour classes. There’s a lot to do at Combat Con so choosing between the classes and the exciting Panels, Activities and Demonstrations will be difficult! Please go to the CombatCon website to register and to see a draft schedule layout under the WMA tab.

There are still many more classes coming, along with the list of Demonstrations, Panels and Activities. More details will appear on the CombatCon website soon.

Of course, there is also much to do in the evenings. After dinner there will be tournaments, free fencing, movies, games and that’s all without leaving the hotel After all, you’re in Las Vegas!

To celebrate the class list online there is a 10% discount until April 5th, so use WMA2011 in the Promo Box and get your registration in now!