Bartitsu Video Research


I frequently shared videos with my Bartitsu students through this blog. Personally, I subscribe to a lot of YouTube channels that share techniques and enjoy learning from their video demonstrations.

There aren't many Bartitsu instructional videos out there, so I know I will have to start making some. But while you wait for my videos, perhaps you can research a specific topic or find additional information about the arts that create Bartitsu to learn more.

Once they are at the Red Sash level, I expect my students to read the source material and secondary material that went into historical Bartitsu. They are also expected to do additional research to add to our corpus of practical self-defence techniques in the neo-Bartitsu we practice at Academie Duello.

But even before you reach that level, you can start your own research. First of all, if you're having trouble with our topic of the week, consider searching for a video on that topic. I know you'll find plenty of explanations and perspectives on terms like "hip throw" or "wrist lock", and even on "cross-counter" or "shin kick".

Here are some search terms that you might put into YouTube or other online video repositories for more general information that form some of the core techniques of Bartitsu:

  • no-gi jujitsu takedowns
  • joint locks
  • punching tips
  • self-defense kicks
  • la canne de combat

Or simply research the component arts that make up our system, as well as closely-related arts with useful ideas:

  • traditional jujitsu (also spelled jiu-jitsu)
  • bare-knuckle boxing
  • savate
  • escrima (also arnis, kali)
  • wing chun
  • hapkido
  • chin na (also spelled qinna)
  • aikido (also combat aikido, aiki-jujitsu)
  • silat (or penchak silat)
  • krav maga

And here's a video I saw recently that is relevant to this week's jujitsu lesson:

30 No Gi Takedowns

Head of Stage Combat at Academie Duello and certified Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. Head of Bartitsu at Academie Duello, the longest continuously running Bartitsu program in the world.
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