Bartitsu to be featured in Seattle’s “Sherlock Holmes Week” festivities

On August 5th, members of BWAHAHAHA (the Barton-Wright/Alfred Hutton Association for Historically Accurate Hoplology and Antagonistics) will be doing a Bartitsu presentation as part of the Sound of the Baskervillescelebration of Sherlock Holmes Week.

BWAHAHAHA

A tip of the hat to the Barton-Wright/Alfred Hutton Alliance for Historically Accurate Hoplology and Antagonistics (name explained here). A branch of the Seattle-based Lonin historical martial arts group inspired by E.W. Barton-Wright and by Captain Alfred Hutton, who taught both Elizabethan and contemporary (Victorian) fencing at the Bartitsu Club, BWAHAHAHA offers a comprehensive cross-training programme in 19th century physical culture as well as armed and unarmed antagonistics.

Bartitsu seminars in Seattle

The first of the Pacific Northwest Bartitsu seminars was held over the past weekend in Seattle, Washington. The venue was the SANCA school of circus arts and the seminars attracted an enthusiastic group of fencers, boxers, martial artists and interested bystanders.

Led by Tony Wolf, day one included a three hour introductory class covering each of the core skills of the Bartitsu repertoire and day two followed that theme into the “Bartitsu blend” process of spontaneously combining jiujitsu, low kicking, fisticuffs and walking stick fighting.

Photographs courtesy of Kathrynne Wolf.

Bartitsu in Seattle

Tony Wolf will be teaching two public martial arts seminars on Saturday, 6 March 2010 at SANCA, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts .

Classes

The first Saturday seminar will run from 9 a.m -12 a.m. and will be an introduction to the Wolf System, an integrated progression of both co-operative and competitive partnered combat movement exercises. In combination, these challenging exercises foster the balance, improvisational ability, “physical confidence” and related skills that are fundamental to the study of virtually any martial art.

The second Saturday seminar will run from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will be an introduction to Bartitsu, the “martial art of Sherlock Holmes”. Founded in London in the year 1899, Bartitsu is a cross-training system between pre-WW1 “British jiujitsu”, fisticuffs, low kicking and the Vigny method of self defence with a walking stick. Although dormant throughout most of the 20th century, Bartitsu has been experiencing a revival since 2002.

On Sunday, 7 March from 8-11, Tony will be teaching an invitation-only Bartitsu class for members of a local group who are already familiar with the basic material.

The fee for one class is $30 and for two classes, $50.

What to bring

A crook-handled walking stick (preferably rattan) is recommended. Straight rattan sticks will be available for purchase on the day of the seminar for $10. Participants are also asked to bring plastic water bottles and to wear comfortable exercise clothing, including dance or martial arts slippers for active work on the SANCA training mats.

Fencing masks, boxing gloves and judo gi jackets will be useful, but are not required.

All participants will be asked to sign a waiver.

How to get there
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Booking and further information

Please address any further inquiries to wolfclass@lonin.org for updates, etc. Please do not contact SANCA directly with regards to these seminars, as the front office staff will not have any useful information about the event.

Thanks again for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at the seminars!

Pacific Northwest Bartitsu seminar tour

Advance notice of a series of Bartitsu seminars to be held in the Pacific Northwest (USA) between March 6-28, 2010.

Each seminar will begin with warm-up exercises taken from the 19th century “physical culture” repertoire before exploring the underlying principles, skills and tactics of Bartitsu, via lessons in the unique combination of fighting styles that made up E.W. Barton-Wright’s arsenal of tricks.

Classes to include:

• a selection of the canonical combat sequences represented in Barton-Wright’s classic article series, “The New Art of Self Defence” and “Self Defence with a Walking Stick”

• experimental neo-Bartitsu drills blending 19th century jiujitsu, scientific boxing, street savate and walking stick defence

• discussions on the fascinating history and revival of Barton-Wright’s New Art of Self Defence; the “hold-up” tactics of 19th century street gangsters, and the counters developed by self defence masters of the period, and the jiujitsu training of the Bodyguards of the radical Suffragette movement.

Tutor: Tony Wolf

The itinerary includes:

March 6th and 7th in Seattle, Washington at the SANCA school of circus arts – contact wolfclass@lonin.org .

March 13th and 14th in Eugene, Oregon at the Northwest Academy of Arms – contact info@fencingacademy.net

March 17th and 18th in San Francisco, California hosted by the Botta Secreta historical fencing school – contact bottasecretaproductions@yahoo.com

March 20th and 21st in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the Academia Duellatoria fencing school – contact jeffery@mind.net

March 27th and 28th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the Academie Duello historical fencing and stage combat school – contact info@academieduello.com