Bartitsu/Vigny Stick Sparring

  • Originally published on the site on Sunday, 11th March 2018

Andres Morales of Chile (in the white-trimmed fencing mask) demonstrates the quick, deceptive Vigny canne style, as incorporated into Bartitsu circa 1900. 

As described by a journalist from The Sporting Life newspaper in July of 1899:

(Vigny) first proceeded to demonstrate the use of the stick by showing the different attacks and guards, displaying wonderful wrist work, in which great strengths and suppleness were combined. He grasps a stout Malacca cane about six inches from the end, and does all the movements with the wrist only, and not with the fingers. He passes his stick from right hand to left and vice versa without the slightest trouble, using right-hand and left-hand alternately with equal dexterity.

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