- Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Nothing on earth–no Arts, no Gifts, no Graces–
No Fame, no Wealth–outweighs the wont of it.
This is the Law which every law embraces–
Be fit–be fit! In mind and body be fit!
– Rudyard Kipling, “A Preface”, from Land and Sea Tales (1919-23); also used as lyrics in the quick march of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps
Bartitsu also comprises a system of physical culture which is as complete and thorough as the art of self-defence.
– “The Latest Fashionable Pastime: The Bartitsu Club”, Black and White Budget, December 1900