Category Archives: Documentary

“The Year of the Bodyguard” (1982): Summary

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 21st March 2013 For a number of years, the 1982 docudrama The Year of the Bodyguard, directed by Noel Burch, was one of the sasquatches of Bartitsu/Edwardian antagonistics research. There was tantalising evidence that … Continue reading

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“No Bois Man No Fraid”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 4th September 2013 The new documentary No Bois Man No Fraid explores the stick fighting art of kalinda as a vibrant modern martial art with roots embedded deeply in Trinidadian and African cultures. Kalinda also has … Continue reading

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“Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes” Documentary

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 9th September 2013 Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes is the first and only feature documentary on Bartitsu, the “gentlemanly art of self defence”. At the end of the Victorian era, … Continue reading

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“The Jiu-Jitsu Suffragette” on “The One Show”: BBC 1 Monday May 12

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 9th May 2014 Bartitsu instructor James Garvey and historian Emelyne Godfrey appear on screen and instructor Tony Wolf served as a consultant for this One Show presentation on the life of Edith Garrud, the pioneering female martial arts instructor who trained … Continue reading

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“Drunk History” (US) Tells the Story of the Suffragette Bodyguards

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 The Comedy Channel’s hit series Drunk History, in which interesting past events are related by inebriated comedians, has followed in the footsteps of the UK version of the show by featuring the … Continue reading

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Suffrajitsu Documentary “No Man Shall Protect Us” Now Freely Available Online

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 20th June 2018 Written, co-directed and co-produced by Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, the 50-minute documentary No Man Shall Protect Us: The Hidden History of the Suffragette Bodyguards explores the origins and exploits of … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Featured on Japanese TV

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 This six-minute Bartitsu featurette recently screened on the Japanese television show Sekai Kurabete Mitara  (“See the World in Comparison”).  Playing to the pop-culture notion of the “gentlemanly martial art” via the Sherlock … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Mini-Documentary on the “Celebrity Antiques Road Trip”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 17th November 2018 A six-minute item on the gentlemanly mixed martial art of Bartitsu, as featured on a recent episode of BBC2’s Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and including demonstrations by the Manley Academy of Historical … Continue reading

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Suffrajitsu Mini-Documentary on BBC Two

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 3rd January 2019 Instructor Jennifer Garside teaches suffrajitsu-style self-defence in this educational mini-feature for the UK’s BBC Two channel. For a more in-depth treatment of this subject, check out the free independent … Continue reading

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“No Man Shall Protect Us” Suffragette Bodyguard Documentary Reviewed by Dr. Emelyne Godfrey

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 8th November 2018 Directed by Tony and Kathrynne Wolf, No Man Shall Protect Us: The Hidden History of the Suffragette Bodyguards (2018), written by Tony Wolf, offers a lucid and rousing yet sensitively balanced … Continue reading

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