2/13/2009 4:17am, #11Originally Posted by CrackFox
By "original MMA" I was referencing the way Bartitsu is sometimes described today; obviously, it predated the modern MMA movement by the best part of a hundred years, so that particular description was never used when Barton-Wright was alive. I did mean to imply that it was literally a mixture of martial arts, or an eclectic style, as we used to say back in the pre-UFC Dark Ages.
That said, since Bartitsu actually was used in mixed-styles competitions circa 1900, I guess it came pretty close to being an Edwardian equivalent of what we would think of as MMA.Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.
Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)