Category Archives: Antagonistics

“Bartitsu: the Martial Art for the Steampunk Set”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 1st December 2009 Freelance journalist and martial artist Nick Mamatas has produced a tongue-in-cheek article on Bartitsu for issue #39 of Clarkesworld Magazine. As well as historical research, Mamatas attended a Bartitsu class hosted by the Botta Secreta … Continue reading

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“It’s Brilliant, Perfect … Let’s Change It!”: an Interview with “Sherlock Holmes” Fight Choreographer Richard Ryan

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 25th December 2009 Bartitsu.org is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Richard Ryan, fight choreographer for the new Sherlock Holmes movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. Previous screen incarnations of Sir Arthur Conan … Continue reading

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Vigny/Lang Stick Fighting in Israel

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 1st November 2010 Thanks to Israeli martial artist and martial arts historian Noah Gross for this rare footage of veteran Kapap instructor Yehezkel Avneri demonstrating basic stick fighting techniques. As explained in this article, during … Continue reading

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Victorian Cane Fighting Demo at the San Francisco Dickens Fair

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 27th December 2010 Thomas Badillo of the Botta Secreta historical martial arts club demonstrates a cane flow drill at the 32nd annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco.

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Umbrella Self Defence in Vancouver

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 16th December 2010 by SARAH N. FITZGERALD, METRO VANCOUVER For many, the Lower Mainland’s wet weather comes with the burden of carrying around an often-cumbersome umbrella. But what if you could turn … Continue reading

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Third Annual Victorian Martial Arts Symposium (Portland, Oregon)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 19th May 2015 Once again Portland, Oregon’s Historic European Martial Arts school Academia Duellatoria is teaming up with GearCon to bring you a full weekend symposium on Victorian Age Martial Arts. The event happens … Continue reading

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The Umbrella: a Misunderstood Weapon

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 17th May 2009 This humourous article, written and illustrated by J.F. Sullivan, originally appeared in “The Ludgate Monthly” of 1897,  just a few years before E.W. Barton-Wright introduced Bartitsu to London. No … Continue reading

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The Gentlemanly Art of Bartitsu

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 20th October 2009 In 2008 the popular Art of Manliness website featured an extensive article on Bartitsu. An expanded version of that article appears in the new Art of Manliness book, available from Amazon.com. Generation X … Continue reading

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Terence Hill Wields a Mean Cane

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 13th May 2018 Readers of a certain vintage may fondly recall the Terence Hill/Bud Spencer buddy comedies of the 1970s, which were best known for their paper-thin plots and gleefully inventive fight … Continue reading

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Self-Defence With An Umbrella (Daily Mirror, Jan. 9 1902)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 13th June 2009 The dangers unprotected ladies incur when they travel alone was not long ago strikingly illustrated by a terrible assault perpetrated in a railway train. It is all very well … Continue reading

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