Category Archives: Hooliganism

A Detailed Report on Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s Lecture for the Bagri Foundation

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 25th May 2016 The Bagri Foundation in London hosted this recent lecture by Dr. Emelyne Godfrey, author of Masculinity, Crime and Self Defence in Victorian Literature and its companion volume Femininity, Crime and Self Defence in Victorian Literature … 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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“’Engagement’” Rings: Knuckle-Duster Jewellery” (1911)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 18th January 2017 Subtitled “Ingenious Weapons Favoured by Apaches – for ‘Engagements’ with Law-Abiding Citizens”, these pictures were originally published as a photo-feature in The Sketch of Wednesday, 1st March 1911. Nick-named in honour … Continue reading

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The Belt as a Weapon (1890)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 17th February 2017 Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright frequently referred to the utility of Pierre Vigny’s stick fighting art against common street weapons, including the fearsome, heavy-buckled belt favoured by gangsters in large … Continue reading

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“Fearsome Armour of the ‘Human Porcupine’” (1910)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 20th February 2017 From the Dundee Evening Telegraph of 10 January, 1910: ARMOURED RUFFIAN HAS DESPERATE STRUGGLE WITH POLICE. One Killed and Three Wounded. Paris is no stranger scenes of violence in the streets, … Continue reading

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The Apache’s Foe (The Bystander, 12 September 1906)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 10th May 2017 Burglaries in Paris and the provinces, wherein the revolver and the knife, as a rule, play an important role, are becoming more and more frequent. The police seem powerless, … Continue reading

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“How Sir Hiram Maxim Met the Hooligan” (St James’s Gazette, 24 June 1902)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 8th September 2017 In which the estimable inventor Hiram Maxim, best-remembered today for devising the world’s first portable machine gun, tells of how he fended off a London hooligan with his fists and … Continue reading

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“… brutal flicks of peaky blinders …”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 22nd November 2014 The historical drama series Peaky Blinders is named for a fearsome Birmingham street gang armed with razor blades sewn into the rims of their flat “peaky” caps.  But did that really happen? … Continue reading

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“To Defy the Hooligan: Advice to Ladies” (1905)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 6th January 2018 A satirical self-defence article from the Bristol Magpie of February 2, 1905: NOTWITHSTANDING there are already numberless systems of self defence extensively advertised and practiced, Magpie hopes to be … Continue reading

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“Now Then, Move On There!” (1905)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 9th February 2018 This cartoon from the Penny Illustrated Paper of March 4, 1905 proposes a novel method for police constables to “move on” ne’er-do-wells in the streets of London.  The technique is a … Continue reading

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