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    Engaging Toughs: The Bartitsu Sparring Video Competition

    http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/20...o-competition/

    https://youtu.be/dbDyvaVgvn0

    Open to martial artists and combat sports athletes of all styles, with prizes of up to $1000, this contest is designed to pressure-test a set of experimental guidelines for Bartitsu sparring.

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    Open to all styles, but it appears as if the rules lean heavily to ye old style. Not a critique just noticing.

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    That's kind of the point - you don't have to be a Bartitsu practitioner, you just need enough experience in whatever - Dog Brothers sparring would be good, many HEMA styles, etc. - to be able to adapt to the guidelines. The whole object is to test the guidelines themselves, casting as wide a net as possible. Anyone can enter and potentially win.

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    http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/20...video-contest/

    Following up with the answer to a question that's been asked by HEMA, FMA and other groups.

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    https://youtu.be/VkuP7El4ngI

    Bartitsu stick sparring matches from Chile, Mexico, Germany and the USA, with a reminder that the international Bartitsu sparring video contest runs until Feb. 1, 2017. The contest is open to all martial artists and combat sport athletes and offers the chance to win up to US$1000 for the best representation of Bartitsu sparring on video.

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    The winners of the international Bartitsu Sparring Video Compeition have now been announced:

    Second place ($US500 prize) - Santiago Stickfighting Club (Santiago, Chile) for a series of 4 videos.

    First place (US$1000 prize) - Waterloo Sparring Group (London, England) for a compilation video.

    The competition was open to martial artists and combat sport athletes of all styles, with the object of testing a set of sparring guidelines based on the original mix of styles practiced at the Bartitsu Club in London circa 1901. The stickfighting style uses a 36" long rattan cane with a weighted head (originally a steel ball, simulated by a solid rubber ball for relatively safe sparring), with the rules also allowing unarmed striking and takedowns/grappling.

    For more details (and to watch the winning sparring videos) see http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/20...o-competition/.

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    Seems like it went well so hopefully we can see Bartitsu grow in the future. It's too bad the malls are full of crappy krotty instead of stuff like this.

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    Bartitsu had a (relatively) major growth spurt between about 2009-13, spurred on by the success of the Sherlock Holmes action movies. It'll never be the next big thing but there are now about 50 clubs and study groups all over the world. Hopefully these videos will encourage more groups to test out the old-school style(s) through serious sparring.

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    MMA with sticks! Seriously though...I'm kind of digging this. It is interesting as hell.

    I don't know that I have the energy to devote to trying to start up my own club, which is a shame because I would love to see enough of a resurgence in this to actually be able to witness it, and possibly even dabble in it some.

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    Sparring-wise we're aiming for a kind of Edwardian-era Dog Brothers, within a definite set of stylistic parameters. Beyond that, there are the classical kata and set-plays and then a level nick-named "neo-Bartitsu" which supplements what we know of the original style with old school "British jiujitsu" and a self-defense oriented adaptation of c1900 boxing and savate.

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