his grip, and he with a horrible scream kicked madly for a few seconds, and clawed the air with both his hands. But for all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went."
- Sherlock Holmes in "The Empty House"
Learn to fight like Sherlock Holmes! London's Bartitsu Club was all the rage in 1899, but only recently has this lost martial art been rediscovered. Learn the "gentlemanly art of self-defense" at our free study group training session. No martial arts experience required. The Club meets once a month in Chelsea for 2-4 hours of Bartitsu training consisting of Vigny cane, savate, 'scientific' pugilism, and Ju Jutsu. Curriculum includes canonical Bartitsu from turn-of-the-century instructional articles published by Bartitsu's founder, Edward William Barton-Wright, as well historic and antique training manuals of the era. Neo-Bartitsu will also be explored. Ever wanted to learn to defend yourself with a MetroCard, book of matches, or a magazine? We'll learn to use the contents of our handbags, pockets, briefcases, backpacks, or whatever you normally carry, for self-defense and combative purposes. Beginners welcome. Historical combat expert Professor Mark P. Donnelly, whose July 2011 Bartitsu seminars in New York City helped to launch the group, has kindly agreed to advise us via e-mail, telephone, and Skype.
February 2012 meeting:
Sunday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Society for Martial Arts Instruction
4 West 18th Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10011
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Please bring a walking stick, parasol, and/or sturdy stick umbrella if you have one. You can purchase an inexpensive cane or stick umbrella at drugstores and gift shops. A wooden dowel or length of PVC piping approximately 36" long can serve as a walking stick; please smooth or tape any rough ends and mark one end as the "loaded" tip. Period attire is welcome, as long as you can scuffle about a bit.
Please note that journalists from WFUV radio and Always1895.net will be interviewing Club members at this meeting, but there is no obligation to participate in the interviews.
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