Category Archives: Physical Culture

Indian Clubs in “Doctor Who”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 31st May 2013 The malicious minions of the evil Mrs. Gillyflower (Dame Diana Rigg) wield Indian clubs as weapons in this nicely-researched scene from the Doctor Who episode, The Crimson Horror. In reality, Indian clubs … Continue reading

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Old Time Strongman Morning Routine

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 4th October 2015 The Art of Manliness offers this short morning workout routine based on Adrian Peter Schmidt’s 1901 manual, Illustrated Hints for Health and Strength for Busy People.

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Samantha Swords at the Gymuseum

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 25th June 2014 Samantha Swords experiments with a pair of antique Indian clubs on display at the Forteza Gymuseum, home of the Bartitsu Club of Chicago.

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Inside the “Hilltop Dojo” of W.E. Steers (1909)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 10th July 2014 These excerpts from the article “The Dwelling-House of an Apostle of Health” (“The House Beautiful”, Sept. 1909) offer a further glimpse inside the extraordinary dojo constructed in W.E. Steers’ Hilltop … Continue reading

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The Addams-Dewey Gymnasium

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 24th December 2014 Artist Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium was part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s recent exhibition, titled A Proximity of Consciousness: The gymnasium invites visitors to engage in turn-of-the-century exercises designed to promote health and … Continue reading

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The Behnke System at the Bartitsu Club (1900-1901)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 Mrs. Kate Behnke was a well-known voice teacher and speech therapist who was also, during the brief Bartitsu Club era circa 1900, a neighbour of Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright. … Continue reading

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The Martial Athletics of Diana Watts

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 1st May 2010 Even before Edith Garrud began teaching jiujitsu classes for the women and children of London, Emily Diana Watts was pioneering the way for female martial arts instructors in the Western world. … Continue reading

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For Your Listening Pleasure: “Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman” and “The Bare Fists of Boxing”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 3rd February 2012 The Art of Manliness website presents a podcast interview with David Waller, author of the new biography The Perfect Man: the Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Stongman.  Sandow … Continue reading

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The Athletic Jagendorfer (1905)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 2nd October 2017 According to a report in the Birmingham Daily Gazette of 12 October, 1905, the celebrated wrestler, strongman and club-swinging champion Georg Jagendorfer would shortly begin instructing the Viennese police in the gentle … Continue reading

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Sherlock’s Baritsu Den: a Unique Gym in a Hanover Hotel

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on June 3rd, 2017 Guests at the Pelikanvietel in Hanover, Germany can get their sweat on Sherlock-style in the “Baritsu Den” gymnasium.

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