Category Archives: E. W. Barton-Wright

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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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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Bartitsu (sort of …) to be Featured in “The Friday Society”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 1st November 2012 This interview with author Adrienne Kress re. her upcoming young adult steampunk/superhero/girl power novel The Friday Society reveals that one of the protagonists, a Japanese teenager named Michiko, works as a martial arts … Continue reading

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E.W. Barton-Wright’s Birthday

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 9th November 2012 Today marks the 152nd anniversary of the birth of Bartitsu founder E.W Barton-Wright, who was born in Bangalore, India in the year 1860. Cheers!

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“Jiu-jitsu: An Editor’s Experience” (1917)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 5th December 2013 The Globe and Sunday Times War Pictorial, Monday, 32 April, 1917 – In Sir Arthur Pearson’s reminiscences in the January number of Pearson’s Magazine, is his account of how he … Continue reading

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Bartitsu and Suffrajitsu in “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: The Rise of the Martial Arts in Great Britain”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 5th March 2013

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E.W. Barton-Wright vs. the Georgia Magnet (1895-1899)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 15th April 2013  Comparatively little is known about the period that Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright spent living in Kobe, Japan. Arriving during mid-1895, he spent the next several years supervising an antimony smelting operation for E.H. … Continue reading

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Elizabethan Sword-Play and Bartitsu at the Bath Club (1899)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 29th July 2013 A tongue-in-cheek review of the famous Bath Club exhibition of March 1899, from “The Truth” newspaper: Very interesting indeed was the display of Elizabethan sword-play at the Bath Club last … 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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