WMAC Bartitsu seminar footage

Some clips from Chris Amendola’s walking stick defence seminar at the recent Western Martial Arts Coalition conference in Houston, Texas. Chris demonstrates a series of canonical Bartitsu techniques including the “Guard by Distance”, “Closing With Opponents Under Unequal Conditions” and some takedowns, including neo-Bartitsu variations on the canonical techniques put forth by E.W. Barton-Wright and Pierre Vigny in the original source material.

WMAC Gathering Bartitsu seminar

Instructor Chris Amendola will be offering a Bartitsu class at the upcoming Western Martial Arts Coalition Gathering in Houston, Texas between March 19-21.


A blend of the “Antagonistics” of Europe (Boxing, Savate and Walking Stick Fighting) with the JiuJitsu of Japan, Edward William Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu was a surprisingly modern approach to personal protection created in 1898. For today’s mainstream martial artist, the idea of being functional at all ranges and cross-training in different systems may seem like “old news”. However, these ideas are old – much older than commonly thought today and Barton Wright’s system provides great insight into just how old.

In this section we will explore the rudiments of unarmed striking from period Boxing (and possibly Savate) and basic techniques of JiuJitsu from the Bartitsu Club (1899-1902), with an eye towards integrating these systems based on underlying mechanical concepts of movement/body-mechanics. “Translations” of these techniques will also be presented for use with the walking-stick or cane. The emphasis in this section will be on Bartitsu as a personal protection system, as opposed to other sportive/recreational applications.

Equipment: Mask, 36″ training dowel, cane, or walking-stick.