Category Archives: Instruction

“Speculations on the Slungshot”

A recent search through the archives revealed this long-forgotten, 2007-vintage article speculating on the martial use of the Monkey’s Fist or slungshot, a weapon associated with ruffians (especially sailors on shore-leave) rather than with ladies and gentlemen. The article was … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Instructional Videos via the Redgate Bartitsu Club

The Redgate Bartitsu Club has produced a useful series of instructional videos on the basics of Bartitsu as a holistic fighting style, progressing through the ranges of stick fighting, (kick)boxing and fundamental jujutsu/standing grappling. Some samples from each of the … Continue reading

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Academic Boxing 101 with Tommy Joe Moore

The prolific Tommy Joe Moore offers a concise lesson in basic academic boxing, in an aggregative style that represents the baseline of gentlemanly fisticuffs circa 1900. In combination with the destructive guards advocated by Edward Barton-Wright and Pierre Vigny, these … Continue reading

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“The UK’s First Jujitsu Lesson”

Researcher/jujitsuka David Brough has produced this video demonstrating the first five jujutsu techniques from Edward Barton-Wright’s pioneering Pearson’s Magazine article “The New Art of Self Defence”, originally published in 1899.

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“To invite an attack”: tactical guards in canonical Bartitsu stick fighting

It is always most desirable to try to entice your adversary to deliver a certain blow, and so place yourself at a great advantage by being prepared to guard it, and to deliver your counter-blow. – E.W. Barton-Wright, Self-Defence With a … Continue reading

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Speculations on Bartitsu (Kick)Boxing

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 30th July 2010 Update: since the following article was written, the Bartitsu Society has come across this 1901 interview with E.W. Barton-Wright that offers some more information on his conception of “Bartitsu kickboxing”. E.W. Barton-Wright … Continue reading

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“Art of Manliness” Guide to Basic Indian Club Swinging

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 19th March 2012

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Ambidexterity in Bartitsu Stick Fighting

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 23rd March 2014 Above: Bartitsu Club stick fighting instructor Pierre Vigny (left) demonstrates ambidexterity via several technical options from the double-handed guard. The active use of ambidextrous attacks from the double-handed guard … Continue reading

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Old Time Strongman Morning Routine

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 4th October 2015 The Art of Manliness offers this short morning workout routine based on Adrian Peter Schmidt’s 1901 manual, Illustrated Hints for Health and Strength for Busy People.

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“To Invite an Attack”: Tactical Guards in Canonical Bartitsu Stick Fighting

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 24th October 2015 It is always most desirable to try to entice your adversary to deliver a certain blow, and so place yourself at a great advantage by being prepared to guard … Continue reading

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