Category Archives: Editorial

Equality

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 29th March 2013

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“What are ‘canonical’ and ‘neo’ Bartitsu?”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 28th March 2014 The explosive success of the Sherlock Holmes movies have embedded an awareness of Victorian-era martial arts into the popular imagination. In the wake of that success, it may be useful to … Continue reading

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A Safety Critique of Steampunk Umbrella Fencing/Dueling (or, “It’s all fun until someone loses an eye”)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 3rd September 2015 Umbrella fencing, also known as umbrella dueling, is a sport or game that has been played at some steampunk gatherings in the UK and USA. The purpose of this … Continue reading

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Dubious “Self-Defence Umbrella” Initiative by Vodafone India

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 27th August 2015 Although they’re presumably well-intentioned, one hopes that Vodafone India and their ad agency will also be shelling out for the extensive training these women will need in order to … Continue reading

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New Discoveries and Speculations re. the Submission Grappling of British Jiu-Jitsu

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 This article summarises, and presents some recent research into the origins of the “mixed styles” submission grappling matches that took place in London circa 1900.  The term “British jiujitsu” … Continue reading

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“Engaging Toughs” – The Bartitsu Sparring Video Competition

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 1st November 2016 … by engaging toughs I trained myself until I was satisfied in practical application. –  E.W. Barton-Wright, 1950 Announcing the first international Bartitsu sparring video competition, for prizes of up … Continue reading

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“We don’t strictly train in Bartitsu – can we still enter the sparring video contest?”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 8th November 2016 Feedback in the wake of our announcement of the international Bartitsu sparring video contest has included this question, both from groups who practice their own forms of neo-Bartitsu and from groups … Continue reading

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The Bartitsu Pronunciation Guide

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 10th November 2016 Because Bartitsu is a culturally eclectic, Edwardian-era self defence system, revivalists are faced with a variety of words that have fallen out of fashion over the past century or simply … Continue reading

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 20th December 2018 In this holiday season marking one century since the end of the First World War, we depart from our usual coverage of Edwardian-era antagonistics to highlight the events of … Continue reading

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“A Sort of Collective Santa Claus”: Sir C. Arthur Pearson and the Poor Children’s Yuletide Association

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 20th December 2017 This holiday-season article offers a departure from our usual focus on Edwardian-era martial arts and combat sports to briefly illuminate a much kinder and, therefore, more important endeavour from … Continue reading

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