Category Archives: Boxing
As detailed in the second volume of the Bartitsu Compendium, the year 1906 saw a vehement “boxing versus jiujitsu” debate played out in the pages of some British sporting journals. Many participants were essentially armchair quarterbacks, including a number who … Continue reading
Although it was fairly common for Japanese jujutsuka to engage with Western boxers on the stages of Edwardian London’s music halls, the boxers normally simply wrestled according to jujutsu rules. Occasionally, however, a true mixed-styles bout did take place, as … Continue reading
Future heavyweight boxing champion Georges Carpentier is shown practicing savate at the approximate age of 11 in this 1905 photograph.
In December of 2017 we were pleased to publish an article confirming former Bartitsu Club member Percy Rolt as the “missing link” between the Bartitsu Club and Indian Police Superintendant Herbert Gordon Lang’s 1923 book “The ‘Walking Stick’ Method of … Continue reading
Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 23rd January 2009 This image from the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie shows a bloodied Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) standing in what may be a dog-fighting arena. Bare-knuckle boxing, perhaps?
Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 29th January 2009 As an experienced stick fighter, boxer and expert in “baritsu”, Sherlock Holmes came close to E.W. Barton-Wright’s ideal of Bartitsu. Here’s a selection of fight sequences from the classic … Continue reading
Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 28th April 2009 “Introductory Bartitsu” is a new instructional DVD by Allen Reed of the Gallowglass Academy. Allen begins with an accurate precis of Bartitsu history and then takes viewers through American … Continue reading
Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 19th May 2015 Once again Portland, Oregon’s Historic European Martial Arts school Academia Duellatoria is teaming up with GearCon to bring you a full weekend symposium on Victorian Age Martial Arts. The event happens … Continue reading
Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 14th June 2010 The first patented suit of boxing armour was registered with the US Patent Office in 1895. Joseph Donovan’s invention offered protection to the most vulnerable parts of the boxer’s … Continue reading