Category Archives: E. W. Barton-Wright

“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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Bartitsu Lecture for the Criterion Bar Association

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 5th November 2013 On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf (right, above) delivered an after-dinner lecture on the history and revival of Bartitsu for the Criterion Bar Association, a coeducational scion … Continue reading

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The Original Bartitsu Club

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 5th September 2015 “… a huge subterranean hall, all glittering, white-tiled walls, and electric light, with ‘champions’ prowling around it like tigers …” – Mary Nugent (January 1901) There are now approximately … Continue reading

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“Skill Against Strength” (1899)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 This somewhat tongue-in-cheek review/essay, inspired by Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright’s first self defence articles for Pearson’s Magazine, was originally published in the Australian newspaper Table Talk on April 21, … Continue reading

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Barton-Wright Demonstrates Jiujitsu (October 1898)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 23rd August 2014 A Morning Post report on one of Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright’s earliest jiujitsu demonstrations, which took place at St. James’s Hall in London on October 26, 1898. The journalist … Continue reading

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The Earliest Known Collaboration Between E.W. Barton-Wright and Pierre Vigny: July 20, 1899

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 These newly-discovered articles from the St. James’s Gazette offer our first glimpse at the original collaboration between Bartitsu founder Edward Barton-Wright and savate/stick fighting expert Pierre Vigny.  The articles … Continue reading

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“Bad News for Honest Burglars” (Dundee Evening Telegraph, January 2 1922)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 Very occasional references have been made, considerably after the fact, to the idea that Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright may have continued to teach self-defence into the 1920s. According to … Continue reading

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“Ancient Duels and Modern Fighting”: an Account of the Elizabethan Fencing and Bartitsu Display at the London Bath Club (March 9, 1899)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 The following is a highly detailed account of the famous exhibition of both Elizabethan fencing and Bartitsu performed at the Bath Club during March of 1899.  This event was … Continue reading

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“Fencing and Bartitsu at the Bath Club” (Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, March 18, 1899)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 15th April 2016 On Thursday, the 9th inst., “ladies’ night”, an amusing and instructive evening was spent by the members and their friends, gathered in considerable numbers. The first part of the … Continue reading

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Staging the Streets: The Theatricality of Science in Fin-de-Siecle Martial Arts

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 27th May 2016 By Peter Katz, Pacific Union College “A Fight Which Was None of Your Own Making”: Martial Arts and the Theater of ScienceAs they near the conclusion of their 1890 … Continue reading

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