Category Archives: Instruction

Further Guard Positions in Vigny Stick Fighting

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 These illustrations of various guard positions in the Vigny walking stick system were reproduced in several US newspapers during August of 1904.  This sequence from the Detroit Free Press (August 28, … Continue reading

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“Seize him …” – the Active Free Hand in Canonical Bartitsu Stick Fighting

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 2nd October 2016 Above – the active use of the free hand in several canonical Bartitsu set-plays. Going by all historical evidence, the transition from cane-fighting distance to close-quarters combat was one of the … Continue reading

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“Attacked by a man with a stick in his hand”: an Interpretation of Captain Laing’s First Bartitsu Set-Play

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 20th October 2016 Captain F.C. Laing’s 1902 article The ‘Bartitsu’ Method of Self Defence is an often-neglected resource for canonical Bartitsu stick training. As with all choreographed set-plays, Laing’s “examples” are best approached as formalised … Continue reading

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“A man without a stick rushes at you with his fist”: an Interpretation of Captain Laing’s Second Bartitsu Set-Play

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 18th October 2016 Captain F.C. Laing of the 12th Bengal Infantry (Kelat-I-Ghilzai Regiment) spent several months of intensive training at the London Bartitsu Club.  He then produced a uniquely useful article, The “Bartitsu” Method … Continue reading

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“Attacked by a man with a stick in his hand”: an Interpretation of Captain Laing’s First Bartitsu Set-Play

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 20th October 2016 Captain F.C. Laing’s 1902 article The ‘Bartitsu’ Method of Self Defence is an often-neglected resource for canonical Bartitsu stick training. As with all choreographed set-plays, Laing’s “examples” are best approached as formalised … 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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“Schools Where Men Are Taught to Defend Themselves Against the Attacks of Steet Rowdies” (Illustrated London News/The Chicago Inter-Ocean/New York Tribune, August-September 1903)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 22nd December 2016 The following composite article features a number of little-known techniques from the Vigny method of walking stick self defence, which was a major aspect of E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu system. … Continue reading

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Captain Laing’s “1st Practice” of Bartitsu Stick Fighting (#1)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 28th July 2017 In 1902, Bartitsu Club member Captain F.C. Laing wrote an article titled The ‘Bartitsu’ Method of Self-Defence for the Journal of the United Service Institution.Captain Laing’s sequence of set-plays such as “Attacked by a man … Continue reading

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Captain Laing’s “1st Practice” of Bartitsu Stick Fighting (#2)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 3rd August 2017 The second basic drill from Captain F.C. Laing’s 1902 article The “Bartitsu” Method of Self-Defence, illustrated with photographs adapted from E.W. Barton-Wright’s Self-Defence with a Walking Stick (1901). Click here for the first drill … Continue reading

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Captain Laing’s “1st Practice” of Bartitsu Stick Fighting (#3), with Additional Notes

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 7th August 2017 Here is the third basic drill from Captain F.C. Laing’s 1902 article The “Bartitsu” Method of Self-Defence, illustrated with photographs adapted from E.W. Barton-Wright’s Self-Defence with a Walking Stick (1901). Follow these … Continue reading

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