Bartitsu Demonstration and Artisan Fair (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

  • Originally published on the site on Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

June 20, 2015
12 pm – 4 pm
Luckenbach Mill
Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Learn Bartitsu, the gentleman’s form of self-defense popular in Victorian London. Mark Donnelly is an expert in the fighting style used by literary hero Sherlock Holmes. Learn to use the world around you, from umbrellas to snuff boxes. This demonstration will link the realms of history and imagination. Then get outside and enjoy the warm weather at our Steampunk Artisan Fair in the Colonial Industrial Quarter and shop around at local quality crafters’ tables. We will have a large variety of participating crafters at this event so there’s sure to be something for everybody! This event is FREE for HBMS members, and $10 for the general public.

What is Bartitsu?

“This workshop is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense which incorporates: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self-defense; grappling(judo/jiujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace Victorian accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc. all employed in an effort to maintain ‘preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne’er-do-wells of nefarious intent’.” -Mark Donnelly, Bartitsu Instructor

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