Category Archives: E. W. Barton-Wright

E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu in the Sherlock Holmes Collection

Originally posted on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 30th June 2012 On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 a wall display commemorating Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright was unveiled as part of the Sherlock Holmes Collection at Marylebone Library in London. The display consists of … Continue reading

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E.W. Barton-Wright’s Workplace in Kobe, Japan

Edward Barton-Wright’s jujutsu training took place at the Shinden Fudo Ryu dojo of sensei Terajima Kuniichiro between roughly 1895-1898. That dojo was located in the town of Kobe in Hyōgo Prefecture, on Honshu Island. Barton-Wright later noted that he’d taken … Continue reading

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Tomoenage at the Bath Club (1899)

E.W. Barton-Wright demonstrates the tomoenage (stomach throw) during one of his first major Bartitsu exhibitions, held at the famous Bath Club in London. This illustration has been adapted from the original, which appeared in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News … Continue reading

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Bartitsu mini-documentary

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 20th September 2008 A new 6.5 minute mini-documentary on the history and mixed fortunes of Bartitsu, from E.W. Barton-Wright’s training in Japan in the late 1800s to the modern Bartitsu revival.

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E.W. Barton-Wright’s birthday

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 9th November 2008 November 8th marks the 148th anniversary of the birth of E.W. Barton-Wright, the founder of Bartitsu.  He was born in Bangalore, India in the year 1860, the son of … Continue reading

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A “New” Bartitsu Article: “Ju-Jitsu and Ju-do”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 19th July 2009 The article from the New Zealand “Auckland Star” newspaper on April 11, 1901 was written shortly after E.W. Barton-Wright’s successful lecture and demonstration for the Japan Society. JU-JITSU AND … Continue reading

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“Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes” Preview Trailer

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 31st December 2009 A special preview of our upcoming feature-length documentary exploring the cultural history, rediscovery and modern revival of E.W. Barton-Wright’s “New Art of Self Defence”. Founded in London in 1899, Bartitsu was an early … Continue reading

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“About Martial Arts, E.W. Barton-Wright and Yukio Tani”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 25th January 2010 Marcus Rowland’s short article About Martial Arts, E.W. Barton-Wright and Yukio Tani was first published in Valkyrie magazine in 1996, and accompanied a CD-Rom which included all five of the articles … Continue reading

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Today in history – “Jujitsu and Judo: The Japanese Art of Self Defence from the British Athletic Point of View”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 10th February 2011 One hundred and ten years ago today, E.W. Barton-Wright presented his seminal lecture, Jujitsu and Judo: The Japanese Art of Self Defence from the British Athletic Point of View for the Japan … Continue reading

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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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