Bartitsu, or Steampunk Self-Defense

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This page discusses the actual late Victorian/Edwardian mixed-martial-art called Bartitsu. My new Steampunk novel Paragon of the Eccentric is full of Bartitsu fights.

Video links from 2014 Victorian Violence conference are below the Bartitsu info.

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http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/2011/12/the-substance-of-style-a-review-of-the-martial-arts-action-in-sherlock-holmes-a-game-of-shadows/

(below is the handout I give to participants at my canonical Bartitsu workshops at conventions and festivals)

VICTORIAN ANTAGONISTICS LEAGUE

“Belabour Him As You See Fit”

BARTITSU TECHNIQUES OUTLINE

KEY CONCEPTS

–invite a strike to a specific point, so you can predict it and prepare a countermove

–seize the initiative; don’t let opponent dictate what you do

–defend with an offensive move, if possible

–tenkan (demi-volte) or remove target (guard by distance), while remaining in range for

your own strike

–close with opponent; get inside the attack

–upset opponent’s balance while maintaining your own (especially head feints/attacks)

–attack his joints to force submission

–place yourself behind and beside him to exert control

DISCIPLINES

Pugilism (punches)

Savate (kicks)

Jiu-jitsu (submission holds)

Wrestling (throws)

Stick/Umbrella (weapons)

–This is a mixed martial art; don’t rely on any one of the above disciplines

–Bartitsu is not a sport, but a violent defensive system; don’t play with your attacker (it gives him an edge)—finish him quickly, belabour him as you see fit, and then take tea

DEMONSTRATIONS

–Pugilism:  guards, punches (thumb on top, always demi-lunge with lead leg

–Savate:      basic kicks (low and high)

–Stick:        guards, tenkan, guard by distance, parries, strikes, hooks

–Jiu-jitsu:    joint locks (wrist, elbow, knee)

–Combinations for head, body, arm, leg strikes & grabs

SPECIAL CASES

–Ladies (umbrella): point & hook (or hatpin–now is not the time to be genteel)

–Hat/Coat defense: entangle your foe’s arms/face

–Multiple attackers: keep moving; seize one ruffian and use him as a hapless shield; create an opening and run away

For more information/training:            Website: www.terrykroenung.com

E-mail: tkroenung58@gmail.com

BARTITSU RESOURCES

 Books

Cunningham, Andrew Chase

—The Cane as a Weapon (1912)

Hatsumi, Masaaki

—Stick Fighting: Techniques of Self-Defense

Lang, Tom

—The Stick And Cane In Close Combat: Jointlocks, Takedowns and Surprise Attacks

Tony Wolf(get these books first)

—The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume 1: History and the Canonical Syllabus

—The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume II: Antagonistics (both 2008)

 

Web

http://www.bartitsu.org

(Tony Wolf’s site; there is also a companion Yahoo group

This is one-stop shopping. It is so extensive that you need go nowhere else)

http://www.artofmanliness.com


Video (also plenty of YouTube clips available)

—Bartitsu – the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes (Tony Wolf)

Bartitsu – The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes (Kirk Lawson)

(Beware! The above videos are easily confused. Wolf’s is a state-of-the-art History Channel-type production containing mostly historical context. Lawson’s is a guy standing in a park in a high wind teaching a class. Good combatives info, but poor sound)

Introductory Bartitsu (Gallowglass Academy)  Basic ‘how-to-hit-him’ video

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My 4-part series on Victorian violence/Bartitsu for the UK’s English Historical Fiction Authors blog:

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2013/05/victorian-violence-repelling-ruffians.html

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2013/06/victorian-violence-repelling-ruffians.html

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2013/09/victorian-violence-repelling-ruffians.html

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2013/09/victorian-violence-part-four-elegant.html

Victorian Violence video links, Denver’s Colorado Gold Conference 2014

1890’s boxing film:

Single Stick fight

Walking stick fight

Umbrella fight

Sword cane demo

Cane gun demo

Webley revolver demo

Webley-Fosbery demo:

Webley-Fosbery firing

LeMat revolver demo

Bartitsu demo

Bartitsu group demo

Jiu-Jitsu suffragettes

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