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4/21/2010 3:54am,

Recent updates include a set of photographs from 1905 showing former Bartitsu Club instructor Sadakazu Uyenishi demonstrating jujitsu for British soldiers; a brief report on a Bartitsu exhibition from 1901, which featured wrestling vs. jujitsu and boxing vs. savate contests; video footage from two recent Bartitsu seminars; a report on a newly-discovered canonical (classical) Bartitsu technique; Bartitsu-inspired artwork from German artist Christoph Roos and reports on several demos. at Steampunk gatherings.


4/21/2010 8:18am,
are moustaches mandatory for bartitsu?

4/21/2010 8:44am,
are moustaches mandatory for bartitsu?
No, but I think it helps.

I'm contemplating the suggestion that mustaches should be required. Since there are no records of "belt ranks" in Bartitsu, I am proposing "Mustache Ranks." You would dye your mustache the appropriate color of your rank. That way the instructor could know immediately your approximate skill level. And in the true Western Tradition, we'd know it by looking at your FACE, not your hoo-haas.

Women would be issued false mustaches and a bottle of spirit gum.

Peace favor your sword,

4/21/2010 1:35pm,
I would rather rank be determined by how spectacular the moustache is.

shodan - one curl
nidan - two curls
sandan - stretches 4 inches away from face

so on and so forth

4/21/2010 1:43pm,

So this guy would be a Grandmaster ... (it's actually a picture of Herman Ten Kate, a Dutch anthropologist who trained at the same dojo in Japan as E.W. Barton-Wright).

4/21/2010 2:01pm,
undoubtedly, and here the man himself IS burton wright


THe upward curl of his moustache is in fact indicative of his rank which is so high that the chi produced in his body during his intense training escapes to the air via moustache.

4/21/2010 4:56pm,
Lol at the rank jokes.

4/21/2010 5:17pm,
Lol at the rank jokes.

4/22/2010 8:15pm,
Are there any Bartitsu groups in California? I'd love to get into this.

4/22/2010 8:41pm,
This group (http://bottasecretaproductions.ning.com) is active in San Francisco. If you're into it, join the Bartitsu Forum email list - http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/ . Virtually the entire Bartitsu community hangs out there.

4/22/2010 8:48pm,
Thanks for the info. San Fran is a bit to far for me to travel regularly but its a good start.

4/22/2010 9:01pm,
A lot of people are setting up Bartitsu study groups these days; not formal clubs, just small regular skill-sharing sessions working from the Bartitsu Compendium.

4/22/2010 9:29pm,
where are the formal clubs located? *wants to get into bartitsu*

4/22/2010 9:35pm,
There aren't many out there yet; it's early days for Bartitsu reconstruction. http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/bartitsu-today/ - a bit out of date in that it refers to several one-off events (seminars, etc.) that have already happened, but it lists most of the clubs out there as well as some upcoming training opportunities.

4/22/2010 9:45pm,
generally though are people reconstructing via the compendium?

4/22/2010 9:58pm,
Depends on the group. In general, the modern practice of Bartitsu includes both the "canonical" curriculum (the partial syllabus specifically recorded and detailed by E.W Barton-Wright between 1898-1902, largely presented in the first volume of the Bartitsu Compendium) and neo-Bartitsu (which includes a vast range of additional material from Barton-Wright's colleagues, their students, etc. dating through to the early 1920s, and which is represented in Volume 2).

Basically, the classical syllabus is "Bartitsu as we know it was" and neo-Bartitsu is "Bartitsu as it may have been" and "Bartitsu as it can be today". There's a lot of creative license built in to the neo idea and different groups take it in different directions (practical self defense, sport, historical recreation etc.) Most people actually combine all these approaches in various ways.

All of this can be a bit difficult to understand from the more traditional MA perspective. Modern Bartitsu takes an open-ended and open-source approach to reviving the art, which was, after all, left as a "work in progress" back around 1902. The aim to the revival is to continue Barton-Wright's experiments rather than necessarily to complete them.