Category Archives: Canonical Bartitsu

“To invite an attack”: tactical guards in canonical Bartitsu stick fighting

It is always most desirable to try to entice your adversary to deliver a certain blow, and so place yourself at a great advantage by being prepared to guard it, and to deliver your counter-blow. – E.W. Barton-Wright, Self-Defence With a … Continue reading

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Bartitsu mini-documentary

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 20th September 2008 A new 6.5 minute mini-documentary on the history and mixed fortunes of Bartitsu, from E.W. Barton-Wright’s training in Japan in the late 1800s to the modern Bartitsu revival.

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Basic Bartitsu demo. at ISMAC ‘07

Originally posted on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 25th September 2008 This footage was recorded at the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Conference in Michigan, USA, between July 12-15, 2007.  It features a series of mostly canonical Bartitsu unarmed combat … Continue reading

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Science fiction author Neal Stephenson on Bartitsu

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 5th November 2008 Popular science fiction author Neal Stephenson’s comments on Bartitsu, from a recent interview with the UK Daily Telegraph: “So we’d mostly been doing longsword, in my little group,” says Stephenson. Ropes … Continue reading

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Bartitsu featured in “the Chap” magazine

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 5th November 2008 Congratulations to Bartitsu Society member Anton Krause, whose introductory article on Bartitsu is featured as the cover story of the Autumn 2008 issue of “the Chap” magazine.

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Bartitsu demo. at the Frazier Museum

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 23rd January 2009 A Bartitsu demonstration was presented recently at the Frazier International History Museum (829 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky, USA).  Based on a format developed for a similar demonstration by members of … Continue reading

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Houston Meet-Up

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 17th March 2009 Scott Brown, a swordsmanship instructor in Houston recently met up with the Bartitsu Society’s Chris Amendola, and provided this report Through recommendations from James Marwood and Alex Kiermeyer I … Continue reading

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Dr. Emelyne Godfrey Writes on Bartitsu

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 24th April 2009 Noted Bartitsu historian Emelyne Godfrey has written an article for History Today. It can be read in their online edition here. She will also be giving a talk at the … Continue reading

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“Introductory Bartitsu” DVD review

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

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Bartitsu Intensive at ISMAC 2009

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 28th May 2009 A quick report on the Bartitsu intensive at the tenth International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention, held at the Detroit Westin hotel between May 21-25, 2009. The Bartitsu course was … Continue reading

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