Category Archives: Academia

“Ancient Swordplay: the Revival of Elizabethan Fencing in Victorian London”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 18th July 2014 During the final decades of the 19th century, a cabal of fencers and historians led by Captain Alfred Hutton and his colleague, the writer Egerton Castle, undertook a systematic study and practical … Continue reading

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The Addams-Dewey Gymnasium

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 24th December 2014 Artist Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium was part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s recent exhibition, titled A Proximity of Consciousness: The gymnasium invites visitors to engage in turn-of-the-century exercises designed to promote health and … Continue reading

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“The Rise of the Jujitsu-Suffragettes: Martial Arts in fin-de-siècle Great Britain”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 28th April 2016 Click here to contact the organisers and/or to book your place for this fascinating lecture on the real secret society of suffragette bodyguards who inspired the Suffrajitsu trilogy! When?  6.30 – 8.00 … Continue reading

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A Detailed Report on Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s Lecture for the Bagri Foundation

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 25th May 2016 The Bagri Foundation in London hosted this recent lecture by Dr. Emelyne Godfrey, author of Masculinity, Crime and Self Defence in Victorian Literature and its companion volume Femininity, Crime and Self Defence in Victorian Literature … Continue reading

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Staging the Streets: The Theatricality of Science in Fin-de-Siecle Martial Arts

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 27th May 2016 By Peter Katz, Pacific Union College “A Fight Which Was None of Your Own Making”: Martial Arts and the Theater of ScienceAs they near the conclusion of their 1890 … Continue reading

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Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s Presentation on Bartitsu and the Jiujitsu Suffragettes

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 6th May 2017 Here’s a full video record of Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s recent presentation on Bartitsu and suffragette jiujitsu, delivered for the Martial Arts Studies Research Network.  The presentation is followed by a … Continue reading

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“Urban Heroes vs. Folk Devils”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 24th July 2017 Emelyne Godfrey‘s 2010 essay on civilian self-defence circa 1880-1914 is available via this link. Here are some excerpts: Pearson’s Magazine boasted articles on adventure, features on sport and remarkable fiction; it … Continue reading

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“Bartitsu in the American Context”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 24th April 2018 The excellent Kung Fu Tea blog offers this well-researched post towards answering a question posed by Dr. Emelyne Godfrey in reviewing Wendy Rouse’s book Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self Defense Movement. … Continue reading

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“Vice, Crime and Poverty: How the Western Imagination Invented the Underworld”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 16th March 2019 This new book by French cultural historian Dominique Kalifa explores the notion of the criminal underworld in Western popular culture, including the infamous Parisian Apache and London hooligan phenomena that fed – and were fed … Continue reading

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Understanding Victorian Cultures of Violence: The Utility of Experimental Archaeology and Practical Hermeneutics

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 28th November 2016 Click the link below to read Liam Hannan’s thesis on Victorian “cultures of violence”, including an analysis of six canonical Bartitsu jiujitsu kata and stick-fighting set-plays: UNDERSTANDING VICTORIAN CULTURES OF … Continue reading

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