Category Archives: Editorial

“Charley Smiler Takes Up Ju-Jitsu” (1911): a Unique Filmic Glimpse Back Into British Jujitsu and Suffrajitsu History!

A number of short silent films featuring jujutsu were produced and/or screened in London during the very early 20th century. The intriguing list of titles includes: HE LEARNED JU-JITSU – SO DID THE MISSUS (1905) JIU JITSU DOWNS THE FOOTPADS, … Continue reading

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“A Hove Gymnasium: Mr. Percy S. Rolt’s Successful System” (Brighton Gazette, September 21, 1912)

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

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A User’s Guide to the Bartitsu Society Website 2.0

Welcome back to the Bartitsu Society website! Since a catastrophic technical failure of the original Bartitsu.org site in April of 2019, we have been working behind the scenes to recover and restore the site, primarily via the Internet Archive’s Wayback … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Newspaper Archive

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 4th October 2009 The new Bartitsu Newspaper Archive includes over two hundred pages from the Daily Mirror and Daily Express newspapers, mostly dating from the first years of the 20th century. Many of … Continue reading

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A Tip of the Hat to the Art of Manliness

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 15th January 2010 Founded by Brett and Kate McKay in 2008, the Art of Manliness website and forum has exploded in popularity, attracting over 50,000 subscribers and also spawning a best-selling book. The essential Art … Continue reading

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Vote for Edith!

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 30th January 2011 We all now have an opportunity to vote for a memorial plaque to record Edith Garrud’s memory as a pioneer of jujutsu and a suffragette. Islington Council in London will erect a … Continue reading

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2011: the Bartitsu Year in Review

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 22nd December 2011 January – Emelyne Godfrey’s book Masculinity, Crime and Self Defence in Victorian Literature hits the shelves.  Bartitsu is given a shout-out in a new television superhero series, The Cape.  We also receive our first glimpse of “baritsu” … Continue reading

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A Happy Holiday Season

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 24th December 2011 In the same spirit, we offer what is possibly the only historical example of Bartitsu poetry – from the Western Times newspaper, Thursday 22nd of August, 1901:

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E.W. Barton-Wright’s Birthday

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 9th November 2012 Today marks the 152nd anniversary of the birth of Bartitsu founder E.W Barton-Wright, who was born in Bangalore, India in the year 1860. Cheers!

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Protecting History: Vandalism at the Historic Hegeler-Carus Mansion Gymnasium

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 2nd February 2013 The Hegeler-Carus Mansion in the town of La Salle, Illinois, contains what is believed to be the oldest preserved residential gymnasium in the United States. As the only known remaining example of … Continue reading

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