mlleviolet (mlleviolet) wrote in nysteam,

Bartitsu Seminars with Professor Mark P. Donnelly, November 17-18, 2012 in 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"
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Saturday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cap21 Studios
18 West 18th Street
6th Floor (Sat) and 5th Floor (Sun)
New York, NY 10011

The studios are equipped with changing rooms/showers for men and women.

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 this workshop taught by Professor Mark P. Donnelly, a world-renowned expert on historical combat. You do not need to be a martial artist or an athlete to participate - beginners are welcome. According to Professor Donnelly, "One of the attractive features of Bartitsu is that it was created for gentlemen and ladies — not athletes, not soldiers, not gymnasts. It's for the average person of average physical ability, and it is designed to give them an intellectual advantage over their uneducated assailant. They outthink rather then outfight the attacker."

- Learn to use a walking stick, parasol, jacket, fan, and other accessories for protection
- No martial arts experience required
- A study in self-defense and in history



Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally-renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman. He is a Professore di Armes in various forms of historical combat and western martial arts. In addition to authoring 20 books currently in print, Mark P. Donnelly has scripted and produced broadcast television for Discovery, History Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Biography, A&E, etc. For more information, visit

Come lift a glass with Mark P. Donnelly, the Bartitsu students, local steampunks, and The New York Nineteenth Century Society! We'll meet promptly at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 at Delmonico's Bar and Grill at 56 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004 (adjacent to the main dining room) for drinks, elegant pub fare, and good conversation. You do not need to attend the seminars to join us for the social. We will be at Delmonico's Bar until at least 10:30 p.m., and possibly all night, but we may decide to visit other nearby pubs as the evening progresses. Nearest subways: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Wall Street, J, Z to Broad Street, N, R to Whitehall Street, 1 to South Ferry. For more information, visit
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