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[The Bartitsu Club of NYC]


"We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through
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 for three 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.

December 2011 meeting:
Sunday, December 18 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Society For Martial Arts Instruction
4 West 18th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York

At 4:00 p.m., 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 Skype. This us an excellent opportunity to ask questions or get feedback on your Bartitsu training from one of the few people in the world with expertise in this esoteric martial art.

RSVP on Facebook

When you arrive at the SMFMAI, please do the following:
  1. Remove your shoes until you reach the training floor. No shoes anywhere in the dojo, including locker rooms, bathrooms, except on the training floor after mats are up
  2. Sign the SFMAI waiver and if you are new to the Bartitsu Club of NYC, sign our waiver as well
  3. Contribute a donation of $10 ($5 for students/financially challenged, $15 for landed gentry and robber barons), unless you are already a SFMAI student or staff member
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.

Visit our Web site: www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu
See photos from the September 2011 meeting
Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycbartitsu

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A few fun events this weekend, featuring local legend Painless Parker and other favorite steampunk performers!

[steampunk opera fundraiser]

[the Anachronism]

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Did you miss the Oscar Wilde Walking Tour? A small group of literature students (unrelated to the Nineteenth Century Society or NYC steampunks) have requested it, so John Cooper will repeat the tour this Saturday, November 26. All are welcome - just RSVP John Cooper to attend.

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These photos are only a scattering of the many places we visited during the tour of "Oscar Wilde's New York City," a walking tour of Gilded Age NYC led by Oscar Wilde scholar John Cooper. If you'd like to learn more, we hope to repeat this event in 2012; visit
nineteenthcenturysociety.org for updates. (Apologies if these are not behind a cut - Internet Explorer won't render an LJ cut!)



Here are the tour-goers after the conclusion of our exploration of the places and people Oscar Wilded visited in Gilded Age New York. Eleanor, kneeling at right, holds a copy of The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. I am in the center with my green carnation, standing next to our illustrious tour guide. We are posing in front of 14 West 10th Street, where Mark Twain once lived.
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Okay, you want Steampunk weird, we've got Steampunk weird: The Anachronism: Dinosaurs!. That's Sunday, December 4th, three p.m. onwards, at Webster Hall, NYC. Only $15!

Do you like dinosaurs? Would you like to see some in your Steampunk? Ideas for activities, decorations, and costumes are still very much welcomed!

-Jeff M, Event Guy

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>>RSVP on Facebook
>>Directions to Sidewalk Cafe

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"The Distinguished Lily-Consumer of England, Oscar Wilde, Reached New York - An Interview With the Utterly Utter Young Man"
- 1882 newspaper headline
Oscar Wilde

Did you know that Oscar Wilde's famous quip "I have nothing to declare but my genius" was spoken upon his arrival in New York City? Or that most of the surviving photos of Wilde were taken right in Union Square? In 1822, before he had written his famous plays (or much of anything but a few poems), Oscar Wilde was already a self-made celebrity. He toured North American lecturing on Aestheticism, visiting cities, towns, and even a remote frontier mining camp, but ultimately spent more time in New York than in any other North American city.

Join us as we explore Gilded Age New York City and the people and places Wilde visited. Our distinguished tour guide John Cooper has spent decades researching Oscar Wilde with particular focus on his time in New York City. Mr. Cooper is a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society in London, a prominent member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, the Business Manager of the Victorian Society In America, the moderator of the Oscar Wilde Internet discussion group at Yahoo, and a contributor to Oscholars, the Oscar Wilde academic journal.

TICKETS: $15 cash only. Meet at 1:00 p.m. sharp on the northeast corner of Madison Square Park at 26th Street and Madison Avenue. Limited to 20 participants, with priority given to those who previously RSVPd with Samuel Sobek. All others will be first-come, first served.

>> RSVP on Facebook

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I suggest arriving early as this event may be standing room only! Corset presentations will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

>> RSVP on Facebook
>> Visit nineteenthcenturysociety.org
>> Swift Hibernian Louge Web site



Photo courtesy of Hal Hirshorn

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[The Bartitsu Club of NYC]


"We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through
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 Central Park for 2-3 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. Since we do not have a Bartitsu instructor residing in New York City, the sessions are led by two experienced martial artists, Rachel Klingberg and Jesse Barnick. 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.

November 2011 meeting:
Sunday, November 6 at 11:30 a.m.
The Society For Martial Arts Instruction
4 West 18th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York
RSVP on Facebook

Just in time for winter, we now have indoor practice space thanks to the support of The Society for Martial Arts Instruction (SFMAI), who are generously helping us to revive the lost martial art of Bartitsu. Note our earlier start time - you can drop in anytime, but we'll be ending at 2:30 p.m. to make way for a subsequent class. Also note some new policies. When you arrive at the SMFMAI, please do the following:
  1. Remove your shoes until you reach the training floor. No shoes anywhere in the dojo, including locker rooms, bathrooms, except on the training floor after mats are up
  2. Sign the SFMAI waiver and if you are new to the Bartitsu Club of NYC, sign our waiver as well
  3. Contribute a donation of $10 ($5 for students/financially challenged, $15 for landed gentry and robber barons), unless you are already a SFMAI student or staff member
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.

Visit our Web site: www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu
See photos from the September 2011 meeting
Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycbartitsu


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mlleviolet [userpic]


[The Bartitsu Club of NYC]


"We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through
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 Central Park for 2-3 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. Since we do not have a Bartitsu instructor residing in New York City, the sessions are led by two experienced martial artists, Rachel Klingberg and Jesse Barnick. 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.

October 2011 meeting:
Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Daniel Webster Monument, Central Park
West 72nd Street
New York, NY
RSVP on Facebook

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.

Visit our Web site: www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu
See photos from the September 2011 meeting
Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycbartitsu

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