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    Bartitsu documentary update



    After over a year of development, the new Bartitsu documentary is now in the final stages of post-production. Hosted by Tony Wolf, Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes traces the history, loss, rediscovery and modern revival of E.W. Barton-Wright’s “New Art of Self Defence”. It was shot in Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the USA and features interviews with martial arts historians Harry Cook and Graham Noble, authors and Bartitsu enthusiasts Mark Donnelly, Will Thomas and Neal Stephenson, and self defence historian Dr. Emelyne Godfrey.

    The 55-minute documentary is an international co-production between the Cletarte cultural association, Broken Art, Ran Arthur Braun and Tony Wolf and will be distributed by the Freelance Academy Press.

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    Worth noting that Emelyne Godfrey's phd is in English and that she doesn't hold an academic position as a historian at an academic institution. She is an amateur historian.

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    Noted, but then Graham Noble and Harry Cook aren't professional martial arts historians, either. All of the interview subjects were chosen because they had taken a serious historical interest in the subject, from various perspectives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR View Post
    Noted, but then Graham Noble and Harry Cook aren't professional martial arts historians, either. All of the interview subjects were chosen because they had taken a serious historical interest in the subject, from various perspectives.
    True and as far as I am aware the number of academics actually researching the history of martial arts can be counted on the fingers of one hand. So any good research is welcome, I just have some concerns about those who've never had proper training in the techniques and theory of history. As the history that they then right can often be lacking in some important aspects.

    Still the documentary looks very slick and should be interesting to watch once its released. Will it be a pay to view thing or will it be avaliable free from somewhere?

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    Offhand, Prof. Sidney Anglo is the only professional historian I can think of who has applied his specialty to martial arts history. Have you seen the "Martial Arts of the World" encyclopedia set? A huge number of "martial arts academics" (of various professional specialties, and including Emy Godfrey, as it happens) pop up in there as contributors and/or references.

    The Bartitsu documentary will be available to purchase on DVD; I'll post here when it "hits the shelves".

    BTW, re. that YMAS chat we were having about professionalism and the Kodokan circa 1900 - I had a good look through the JudoForum History forum but I could only find cites from Jon_Z reinforcing the point that Kano was dead-set against professional competition. Where is the thread you were referring to?

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    Stanley Henning and Meir Shahar are two that have produced some stuff as well.

    Hmm maybe my memory is at fault then. If so I apologise for leading you up a gumtree. I'll have a look and see if I can find what it was I thought had been said.

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