Pierre Vigny Strikes a Pugilistic Pose (June 7th, 1899)

Bartitsu Club savate and stick fighting instructor Pierre Vigny is pictured striking a classic boxing stance in this promotional photo, which was originally published in the Boxing World and Mirror of Life, a popular London sporting journal at the very end of the 19th century. During this period, Vigny had only recently arrived in the English capital city and was entering his first collaborations with Bartitsu founder Edward Barton-Wright, initiating both the fusion of Vigny stickfighting with jujutsu and also the development of Bartitsu unarmed combat as a definable style unto itself.

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