- Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 19th December 2012
The Weaver Hall Museum in Cheshire, U.K. will be hosting this event between 2.00 – 5.00 on Saturday, Jan. 26th. According to the organisers:
In 1899 a young woman and her husband go to see a demonstration by one Edward Barton-Wright, the first jujutsu instructor in Europe.
But how does she then become implicated in brawling between campaigners for the Women’s Vote and the police?
And what is the connection to the great fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes and his escape from the Reichenbach Falls?
We’ll be unfolding the legend of Edith Garrud, and taking a very physical look at how the Victorians combined English boxing, Japanese grappling and walking stick fencing, with the use of whatever came to hand, from umbrellas to bicycles, to create an early mixed martial art for street defence.
More on the event via their Facebook page.