"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.
January 2012 meeting:
Sunday, January 29 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Society For Martial Arts Instruction
4 West 18th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York
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When you arrive at the SMFMAI, please do the following:
- 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
- Sign the SFMAI waiver and if you are new to the Bartitsu Club of NYC, sign our waiver as well
- 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
Visit our Web site: www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu
See photos from the September 2011 meeting
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