Category Archives: In Memoriam

Farewell to Ken Pfrenger

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 6th June 2016 The international HEMA community mourns the recent and untimely passing of Ken Pfrenger; musician, raconteur, family man and modern pioneer of 19th century martial arts revivalism. With a background … Continue reading

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The 2017 Ken Pfrenger Memorial Pugilism Symposium

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 23rd February 2017 Announcing the Ken Pfrenger Memorial Pugilism Symposium, a historical pugilism workshop to be held on Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, 2017 in Arlington Heights, IL., USA. Background … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Master-at-Arms John Waller

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 22nd April 2018 The international historical European martial arts and stage combat communities mourn the recent passing of John Waller, who was a modern pioneer in both fields. Possessed of a life-long … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: William Hobbs (1939-2018)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 By Tony Wolf I’m sad to report the passing of William Hobbs, who was among the most influential and respected fight directors of the 20th century. He died on … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Ricky Jay (1948-2018)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 25th November 2018 Master magician, actor, magic consultant/historian and martial arts aficionado Ricky Jay has passed away at the age of 70. Although Jay’s fame was due to his extensive accomplishments as a scholar … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Honor Blackman (22 August 1925 – 6 April 2020)

English actress and self-defence advocate Honor Blackman has died at the age of 94 years. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Blackman landed small feature film and television parts until her 1962 breakout role as Cathy … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Robert W. Smith (1926-2011)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 7th July 2011 By Tony Wolf The evening of July 1st, 2011 saw the passing of pioneering American martial artist, scholar and writer Robert William Smith. A short biography recording his many … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Roger Lafond (1913-2011)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 We regret to announce the death of savate and la canne master Roger Lafond on April 8th, 2011. He was 97 years old. Roger Lafond’s martial arts and combat sports lineage can be … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: E.W. Barton-Wright (8 Nov. 1860 – 13 Sept. 1951)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 13th September 2010 Today marks the 59th anniversary of the death of Bartitsu founder Edward William Barton-Wright. Born in Bangalore, India, he was the third of six children of railway engineer William … Continue reading

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