Category Archives: Academia

“Self Defence with a Walking Stick, Revisited”

Click here to read jujutsuka/researcher David Brough’s peer-reviewed article for Issue #11 of Martial Arts Studies, tracing the development of walking stick self defence back into the early 19th century, through Pierre Vigny’s innovations at the Bartitsu Club circa 1900 … Continue reading

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An Update on the Bartitsu Compendium, Volume III

As announced in January, work has begun on the production of the third volume of the Bartitsu Compendium, a series that began with the publication of Volume 1 in 2005 and continued with Volume II in 2008. After that the … Continue reading

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Early 20th Century French Self Defence Manuals Translated by M.P. Lynch

A heads-up that a number of rare French antagonistics manuals, most dating from the period immediately following the brief Bartitsu Club era, are now available in English translation via Amazon, courtesy of M.P. Lynch. All the translations are available for … Continue reading

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E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu in the Sherlock Holmes Collection

Originally posted on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 30th June 2012 On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 a wall display commemorating Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright was unveiled as part of the Sherlock Holmes Collection at Marylebone Library in London. The display consists of … Continue reading

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Self-Defence Historian Emelyne Godfrey on Suffrajitsu and Bartitsu

Paul Bowman of the Martial Arts Studies Research Network interviews Dr. Emelyne Godfrey, the author of Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society, on the subject of self-protection in Victorian … 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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“Ancient Swordplay: the Revival of Elizabethan Fencing in Victorian London”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 During the final decades of the 19th century, a cabal of fencers and historians led by Captain Alfred Hutton and his colleague, the writer Egerton Castle, undertook a systematic study and practical … Continue reading

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“Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society: From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 The topic of women and danger has long fascinated historians. Emelyne Godfrey’s new book, available now from Palgrave Macmillan, innovatively situates both well-known and more obscure themes within the cultural … Continue reading

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An Interview with Emelyne Godfrey

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 Emelyne Godfrey is the author of the books Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and its newly published sister volume, Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society. Q – Emy, … Continue reading

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Lecture: “The History of Bartitsu, the Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes” (London)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 29th November 2013  Sip on a G&T while you hear the fascinating story of this almost forgotten martial art. Bartitsu is called many things: the lost martial art of Sherlock Holmes, the … Continue reading

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