Category Archives: Fencing

Third Annual Victorian Martial Arts Symposium (Portland, Oregon)

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

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The Redoubtable Baron Desborough (July 17, 1909)

William Henry Grenfell, the 1st Baron Desborough, poses with a statuette of himself as a fencer in this Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News photo. The effigy was presented by Captain Alfred Hutton during early July of 1909, on behalf of … Continue reading

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“Ancient Swordplay: the Revival of Elizabethan Fencing in Victorian London”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 During the final decades of the 19th century, a cabal of fencers and historians led by Captain Alfred Hutton and his colleague, the writer Egerton Castle, undertook a systematic study and practical … Continue reading

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19th Century Antagonistics at the 2012 Victorian Heritage Festival

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 19th century pugilism, fencing and other “manly arts of self defence” will be on display at the upcoming Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival (Washington, March 23-25).

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“Old School Fitness Becomes New Trend”: Bartitsu and Historical Fencing Featured in the Chicago Tribune

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 21st April 2012 “Walking into the Forteza Fitness club in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood is like strolling into a cultural time machine,” begins John Owens’ new article and video feature for the Chicago Tribune. The video highlights the antagonisticathlon event that … Continue reading

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Bartitsu and Historical Fencing at Forteza Fitness on “190 North”

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“Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 22nd June 2012 The world premiere of this new play by Chicago playwright Reina Hardy will be produced by the Babes With Blades theatre company in August 2012. It’s 1888 in London, and the … Continue reading

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The Grave of Captain Alfred Hutton

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 21st October 2012  Thanks to some excellent detective work by members of the Schola Forum, the grave and memorial tablet of former Bartitsu Club instructor Captain Alfred Hutton has been located in Astbury Churchyard, … Continue reading

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The Swordswoman: Esme Beringer

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 28th February 2013  Directly paralleling the revival of Bartitsu, the modern revival of historical fencing as a martial art has become well-established over the past fifteen years. However, a remarkably similar revival of “ancient swordplay” … Continue reading

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Elizabethan Sword-Play and Bartitsu at the Bath Club (1899)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 29th July 2013 A tongue-in-cheek review of the famous Bath Club exhibition of March 1899, from “The Truth” newspaper: Very interesting indeed was the display of Elizabethan sword-play at the Bath Club last … Continue reading

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