Category Archives: Vigny stick fighting

“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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“Moving Pictures” of Savate and la Canne

If Bartitsu Club instructor Pierre Vigny had seen this film footage, he’d probably have shaken his head at much of it. At the turn of the 20th century, Vigny was among a minority of savate instructors advocating for a reformation … Continue reading

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Self-Defence with a Cane (1928)

This short article from the Motherwell Times of July 27th, 1928 remarks upon a visit to London by Herbert Gordon Lang, who perpetuated and modified the Vigny method of stick fighting. Lang had originally learned the art from former Bartitsu … Continue reading

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Walking Stick Sparring in Chile

Members of the Santiago Stickfighters club exhibit their Integrated Method of stick-fighting, inspired largely by a combination of the Vigny/Bartitsu and Bonafont methods. The sparring canes are made of a hard polymer composite material, tipped with rubber ball handles. This … Continue reading

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“A Hove Gymnasium: Mr. Percy S. Rolt’s Successful System” (Brighton Gazette, September 21, 1912)

In December of 2017 we were pleased to publish an article confirming former Bartitsu Club member Percy Rolt as the “missing link” between the Bartitsu Club and Indian Police Superintendant Herbert Gordon Lang’s 1923 book “The ‘Walking Stick’ Method of … Continue reading

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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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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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Pierre Vigny at 60

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 1st November 2009 This is a very rare photograph of former Bartitsu Club instructor Pierre Vigny, at the age of 60, posing between his friends and fellow physical culture enthusiasts Edouard Jaccard … Continue reading

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Art of Stick Defence (1903)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 15th January 2010 Presenting the magnificently entitled article, “Schools Where Men Are Taught How To Defend Themselves Against The Attacks Of Street Rowdies”. It’s taken from the August 30, 1903 edition of … Continue reading

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