Category Archives: Biography

The E.W. Barton-Wright Memorial Project

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site Saturday, 23rd August 2008 E.W. Barton-Wright, the founder of Bartitsu, died in 1951 at the age of ninety and was buried in what the late martial arts historian Richard Bowen described as a “pauper’s … Continue reading

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Review: “100 Years of Judo in Great Britain”, Volume 1

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 This review is specific to Volume 1 of a two-part series of books by the late judoka and historian Richard Bowen (1926-2005), whose extensive private collection of judo/jujitsu books … Continue reading

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Captain Alfred Hutton Writes About his Friends at the London Bartitsu Club

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 Captain Alfred Hutton was among the instructors who taught various branches of “antagonistics” at E.W. Barton-Wright’s School of Arms in London circa 1900.  One of England’s most prominent and respected … Continue reading

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Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon: Bartitsu Club Member and Titanic Survivor

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 13th April 2012 Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon (22 July 1862 – 20 April 1931) was a prominent Scottish landowner and athlete who is today best known as a survivor of the sinking of … Continue reading

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The Formidable W.H. Grenfell; 1st Baron Desborough and President of the Bartitsu Club

A short video demonstrating the athletic, historical and cultural significance of William Henry Grenfell, the 1st Baron Desborough, who is soon to be commemorated with a Sporting Legacy exhibition staged at his former home, Taplow Court, in Buckinghamshire, England. The 6’5″ sportsman, aristocrat and … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Founder Featured in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 22nd June 2012 Edward William Barton-Wright, the founder of Bartitsu, has been commemorated with an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the standard work of reference on notable figures from British history.

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Unveiling of Edith Garrud’s Memorial Plaque in London

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 11th July 2012 On a sunny Saturday in June 2012, around 70 people congregated around the steps of a house in a smart square in London to celebrate the life of a … Continue reading

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The Grave of Captain Alfred Hutton

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 21st October 2012  Thanks to some excellent detective work by members of the Schola Forum, the grave and memorial tablet of former Bartitsu Club instructor Captain Alfred Hutton has been located in Astbury Churchyard, … Continue reading

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Pierre Vigny in 1934

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 22nd October 2012 A stern portrait of former Bartitsu Club instructor Pierre Vigny, taken circa 1934 when he was the Director of the Academy of Defensive Sports in Geneva. The short source … Continue reading

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The Swordswoman: Esme Beringer

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 28th February 2013  Directly paralleling the revival of Bartitsu, the modern revival of historical fencing as a martial art has become well-established over the past fifteen years. However, a remarkably similar revival of “ancient swordplay” … Continue reading

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