Category Archives: Reviews

Houston Meet-Up

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 17th March 2009 Scott Brown, a swordsmanship instructor in Houston recently met up with the Bartitsu Society’s Chris Amendola, and provided this report Through recommendations from James Marwood and Alex Kiermeyer I … Continue reading

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“Introductory Bartitsu” DVD review

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 28th April 2009 “Introductory Bartitsu” is a new instructional DVD by Allen Reed of the Gallowglass Academy. Allen begins with an accurate precis of Bartitsu history and then takes viewers through American … Continue reading

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Vancouver Bartitsu Seminars Report

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 29th March 2010 A report from Devon Boorman of the Academie Duello in Vancouver, Canada, detailing the recent Bartitsu seminars held there: Day 1 This weekend’s Bartitsu seminar, lead by Tony Wolf, started up … Continue reading

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Review: “100 Years of Judo in Great Britain”, Volume 1

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 This review is specific to Volume 1 of a two-part series of books by the late judoka and historian Richard Bowen (1926-2005), whose extensive private collection of judo/jujitsu books … Continue reading

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Review of Eugene, Oregon Bartitsu seminar

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 15th March 2010 Classical fencing maestro and historical fencing instructor Sean Hayes offers a review of the recent Bartitsu seminar in Eugene, Oregon: We had a fantastic seminar with Tony this past … Continue reading

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The Substance of Style: a Review of the Martial Arts Action in “Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 17th December 2011 Due warning: this review contains minor plot spoilers. A Game of Shadows is afoot all over Europe in the blockbuster sequel to Guy Ritchie’s 2009 hit movie, Sherlock Holmes. The plot is … Continue reading

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Review: the Empire – Broughton Pugilism Gloves

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 4th May 2012 Disclosure – the Weapon Store forwarded samples of this product for review purposes. As the practice of “revived” Western martial arts becomes better established, an increasing number of manufacturers … Continue reading

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Miss Sanderson and the Womanly Art of Parasol Self Defence

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 9th March 2013 Although the woman known as “Miss Sanderson” was a prominent fencer and self defence instructor in Edwardian London, regrettably little is known of her life – including her first … Continue reading

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The Cowford Steampunk Bartitsu Seminar Report

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 25th July 2013 Steampunk Bartitsu: A Dignified Response to altercations involving Pirates, Cads, Bureaucrats, and General Thuggery Noted Lecturer, Historical Hoplologist and Antagonistics Enthusiast William ‘Battlin’ Bill’ Trumpler made an appearance at … Continue reading

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“Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes” Documentary

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 9th September 2013 Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes is the first and only feature documentary on Bartitsu, the “gentlemanly art of self defence”. At the end of the Victorian era, … Continue reading

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