Category Archives: Edwardiana

“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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Political Jujitsu Cartoon by E.T. Reed (1902)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 25th April 2013 Possibly inspired by E.W. Barton-Wright’s coining of the word “Bartitsu”, Punch cartoonist E.T. Reed imagines the martial arts of British politicans including Joseph Chamberlain’s “Jo-jitsu” and Arthur Balfour’s “Balf-itsu”, a “peculiar method of contortionist gymnastics … Continue reading

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The Grand Opening of the Captain Alfred Hutton Lounge in Pictures …

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 20th May 2013 Images from the grand opening of the Captain Alfred Hutton Lounge at the Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts studio in Ravenswood, Chicago:

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More Bartitsu Action from the “Book of Shadows” Webcomic

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 1st July 2013 An extended Bartitsu fight scene from Christoph Roos’ Buch der Schatten (Book of Shadows) webcomic:

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More “Peace Scouts” Self Defence Training

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 21st August 2013 Founded by Muriel Cossgrove in 1908, the New Zealand Peace Scouts were a precursor to the Girl Guide movement in New Zealand. Peace Scouts were encouraged to eschew corsets, … Continue reading

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The Bartitsu School of Arms 2013: a Memoir

Alternating annually between Europe and North America, the Bartitsu School of Arms and Physical Culture is the Bartitsu Society’s international seminar and conference event. The 2013 SoA was held between September 13-15 at Beamish Museum near Newcastle, UK. Unfortunately, instructor … Continue reading

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Flossie Le Mar, the “World’s Famous Ju-Jitsu Girl” (1913)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 17th October 2013 Florence “Flossie” Le Mar was a pioneering advocate of jujitsu as feminist self defence. Flossie and her husband, professional wrestler and showman Joe Gardiner, toured vaudeville theatres throughout New Zealand … Continue reading

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“The Sword and the Pen: Two Swashbuckling Stories”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 13th February 2014 We’re happy to announce the publication of The Sword and the Pen in both print and e-book formats. Egerton Castle, famous as a pioneer of the late-Victorian revival of Elizabethan swordsmanship, … Continue reading

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Sadakazu “Raku” Uyenishi Caricatures

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 14th February 2014 Two caricatures of Bartitsu Club instructor Sadakazu Uyenishi, who used the stage name “Raku”, first published during his 1907/08 exhibition tour of Spain.

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