Posted On:4/12/2013 9:32am
This article has it all; self defense with an umbrella, "mystical psychology" and a bizarre scandal that rocked New York City's high society back in 1911.
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Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)
Posted On:4/12/2013 10:05am
Style: Out of Practice
Dunno what that girl is trying to defend against. . . Wearing a dress like that, she is obviously just asking for it.
(Any idea what the good doctor might have been basing his system on, other than boxing?)
Posted On:4/12/2013 10:20am
Style: stick,Taiji, mountainbike
Pretty cool article. And she was good looking, even in that dress!
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Posted On:4/12/2013 10:26am
I've ordered a copy of the 1958 book referred to in the article, which apparently hints that the "Latson method" had a jujitsu component. JJ had been introduced to the USA in 1903. The umbrella-fighting content is a bit of a mystery; most likely it was inspired by some of E.W. Barton-Wright's Bartitsu articles reprinted in US newspapers or related to the savate-based cane self defense Professor Louis Tronchet was teaching at the San Francisco Olympic Club in the late 1800s. There's also a record of women's umbrella self defense being taught in Philadelphia in 1908, but we don't know much more about that.
Posted On:4/12/2013 10:32am
Seeing her in the side-on stance, with her arm tucked like it is, my first thought was something based on a system for military saber; though holding the umbrella where she was kind of confused me.
Posted On:4/12/2013 10:47am
The grip position is reminiscent of Irish shillelagh fighting; the idea was to use the section of the weapon projecting below the fist to parry attacks.
Posted On:4/12/2013 10:53am
Do you think that sort of training, or materials referencing it, would have been available to Dr. Latson? I guess it's possible that the grip is coincidental, but it still strikes me as a little counter-intuitive. . .
Posted On:4/12/2013 11:13am
Hard to say. The *idea* of the shillelagh fighting grip was pretty well known during the early 1900s, having been described in both British and American newspaper articles and a couple of late 19th century self defense books written by English authors. The most likely direct source would be this 1905 newspaper article: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jimmy_f...an/wittman.htm .
Posted On:4/12/2013 11:16am
Originally Posted by EX-CHIEF OF POLICE WITTMAN
"It is strange how few men who carry a cane are held up."
That made me smile.
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Posted On:4/12/2013 11:22am
Style: FMA, dumbek, Indian clubs
When I read articles like that, my brains starts narrating the tale like an old British guy on old timey radio.
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