Category Archives: Edwardiana

Paintball, Edwardian-Style – “Bloodless Duelling” with Wax Bullets, Circa 1908

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 6th December 2011 The origins of the combat-simulation game of paintball are usually traced back to the early 1980s, when air-powered paint pistols used by foresters to mark difficult-to-reach trees were adapted for sporting … Continue reading

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A Happy Holiday Season

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 24th December 2011 In the same spirit, we offer what is possibly the only historical example of Bartitsu poetry – from the Western Times newspaper, Thursday 22nd of August, 1901:

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Self Defence Training of the New Zealand Peace Scouts (1910)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 The Peace Scouts, a precursor to the Girl Guide movement in New Zealand, were active between 1908 and 1923. They may well have been the first national organisation to promote … Continue reading

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Antagonistics at the Royal Albert Hall (1904)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 23rd October 2012 Demonstrations of Pierre Vigny’s self defence with a walking stick and of jiujitsu were included alongside this July, 1904 Graeco-Roman wrestling championship bout between George Hackenschmidt and Tom Jenkins.

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“Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society: From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 The topic of women and danger has long fascinated historians. Emelyne Godfrey’s new book, available now from Palgrave Macmillan, innovatively situates both well-known and more obscure themes within the cultural … Continue reading

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An Interview with Emelyne Godfrey

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 Emelyne Godfrey is the author of the books Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and its newly published sister volume, Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society. Q – Emy, … Continue reading

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The Bartitsu School of Arms and Physical Culture 2013: Beamish Museum, UK

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 22nd February 2013 We’re very pleased to announce that the third annual Bartitsu School of Arms symposium will be held between September 14/15 at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, near … Continue reading

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“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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“Une interpellation ou le Jiu-Jitsu” (circa 1907)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 14th April 2013 A French  cartoon warns of what might happen if the jiujitsu craze is taken up by members of the legal profession.

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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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