Category Archives: Mysteries

The Mystery of the “Japanised Englishman”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 13th August 2010 Pieter M.C. Toepoel was, in a sense, the E.W. Barton-Wright of the Netherlands. A boxing and physical culture teacher and something of a free-thinker, attracted to novelties, Toepoel was … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of the Embok Kwai (1900-1902)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 4th March 2017 “… he was initiated into the Order of the Embok Kwai, the sole purpose of which is to teach, perpetuate and protect the secrets of jiu-jitsu.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1st … Continue reading

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The Case of the Imaginary Sensei

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 29th May 2010 Eager would-be students of jiujitsu in early Edwardian England had limited options to learn the mysterious Japanese art of self defence. During the period 1899-1902 they might have trained … Continue reading

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“Dr. Latson’s Method of Self Defense” (New York City, 1906) and the “God-Man” scandal of 1911

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 12th April 2013 Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright once expressed the wish to export his “New Art of Self Defence” to the United States, and several of his articles for London magazines were subsequently re-published … Continue reading

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A 1960s Survival (or Revival?) of Bartitsu Stickfighting

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 27th July 2015 We’re pleased to present this short interview with author Nigel Gordon, who reports that he studied Bartitsu stick fighting as a young teenager in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, UK during the early … Continue reading

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The Missing Link Between Vigny and Lang Finally Revealed!

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 Indian Police Superintendant Herbert Gordon Lang’s book The “Walking Stick” Method of Self-Defence (1923) is one of the seminal documents of the modern Vigny/Bartitsu stick fighting revival.  Lang credited Pierre Vigny – … Continue reading

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Solved – the Mystery of “Miss Sanderson’s” First Name

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 4th November 2015 Although “Miss Sanderson’s” system of umbrella and parasol self-defence was quite famous in its day, the lady herself has remained elusive. For many years we have known little of … Continue reading

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“Are You In Danger?” – a Curious Article on Umbrella Self-Defence (1900)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 12th November 2015 The following short article on umbrella self defence was originally published in the Dundee Evening Post on April 3, 1900. It’s diverting to speculate on the identity of the anonymous inventor … Continue reading

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