Category Archives: Exhibitions

Taro Miyake Exhibits Jujutsu vs. Boxing (1909)

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

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“In the Ju Jitsu Hall” (1911)

These cartoons from the June 17, 1911 issue of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News illustrate Japanese martial arts displays in the “Ju Jitsu Hall” of London’s Coronation Exhibition. The same venue had also hosted martial arts displays about a … Continue reading

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Tomoenage at the Bath Club (1899)

E.W. Barton-Wright demonstrates the tomoenage (stomach throw) during one of his first major Bartitsu exhibitions, held at the famous Bath Club in London. This illustration has been adapted from the original, which appeared in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News … Continue reading

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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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Victorian Cane Fighting Demo at the San Francisco Dickens Fair

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 27th December 2010 Thomas Badillo of the Botta Secreta historical martial arts club demonstrates a cane flow drill at the 32nd annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco.

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Today in history – “Jujitsu and Judo: The Japanese Art of Self Defence from the British Athletic Point of View”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 10th February 2011 One hundred and ten years ago today, E.W. Barton-Wright presented his seminal lecture, Jujitsu and Judo: The Japanese Art of Self Defence from the British Athletic Point of View for the Japan … Continue reading

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The BWAHAHAHA Sketchbook

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 20th December 2013 Members of Seattle’s Barton-Wright/Alfred Hutton Alliance for Historically Accurate Hoplology and Antagonistics, sketched during their demonstration for the 2013 Sherlock Seattle Convention.

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“The Georgia Wonder Meets the Great Japanese Wrestler”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 29th July 2011 Lulu Hurst, also known variously as the “Little Georgia Wonder” and as the “Georgia Magnet”, was a music hall sensation during the mid-late 19th century. Claiming to possess a … Continue reading

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“Baritzu” in Australia (1906)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 10th September 2011 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous rendering of Bartitsu as “baritsu” is now understood to have been due to a simple mistake. It’s most likely that Doyle, searching for an … Continue reading

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Report on Bartitsu at the 2011 Western Martial Arts Workshop

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 19th September 2011 Instructor Tony Wolf ran a series of Bartitsu classes at the recent 4-day Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine, Wisconsin. The first session on Thursday morning was an introduction to Bartitsu as a … Continue reading

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