Gentleman Scholar on Umbrellas

Slate.com contains a column By Troy Patterson called “Gentleman Scholar” in which he offers etiquette advice for the contemporary man. One of his articles from April 2014 was brought to my attention recently: A Gentleman’s Guide to the Umbrella. His advice regarding buying an umbrella is the same advice I give: don’t get a $5…

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Beginner’s Courses February 2015

As of the new year, we have a new schedule for the next round of beginner’s courses! Prepare for swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover three separate avenues of Western Martial Arts. Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course gives students an in-depth…

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Mind in Bartitsu

Our four-session introduction to Bartitsu includes the four component disciplines of the art: Jujitsu, pugilism, savate and walking stick self defence. However, there is a critical fifth component: the mind. Your brain directs your body in voluntary actions, and control of your focus, awareness and choices is critically important in dangerous situations. Your assailant likewise…

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Beginners Courses for Next Year/ January

A new year is coming so get into our next round of Beginner’s Courses! Prepare for swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover different avenues of Western Martial Arts: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course gives students…

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Practical Umbrella Self-Defence for Every Vancouverite

Learn to fend off ruffians and rapscallions with Vancouver’s most common weather-based accoutrement: the umbrella! With the rainy winter season returning to Vancouver we are pleased to announce the return of this very popular workshop. Loaner umbrellas and canes will be available, but we encourage to bring your own sturdy device, especially if there is…

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Walking Stick in Bartitsu

The most recognizable element in Bartitsu is walking stick self defense. It is both a differentiator from other martial arts, and unique in shape compared to other stick fighting arts. However interesting the uses are in Victorian and Edwardian settings such as Sherlock Holmes productions or fantasy settings such as steampunk, it seems to be…

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Savate in Bartitsu

You have two hands to punch and grab, and two legs to kick with. Kicking is common in many martial arts from the Eastern Hemisphere, but most are unaware of the foot-centric Western Martial Art that is still practiced today called savate. The third week of our introduction to Bartitsu adds kicking to our arsenal.…

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Pugilism in Bartitsu

Defending against a punch is a priority for many people when learning self-defence. We are aware both instinctually and through the media that an unarmed person can lash out with a fist and knock out teeth or render a victim unconscious with a blow to the head. Our second beginner’s lesson in the Bartitsu program…

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Jujitsu in Bartitsu

In 1898, E.W. Barton-Wright combined his own name with the term “jujitsu” to describe his new hybrid self-defense system: Bartitsu, the first martial art to combine Asian and European fighting styles. Over a century since its creation, many people recognize immediately that Bartitsu is known for cane fighting and that Sherlock Holmes stories feature his…

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Intro Courses beginning late October/ early November

Because winter is coming, our next round of Beginner’s Courses are just around the corner! Prepare for winter by swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover different aspects of Western Martial Arts: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course…

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Stop Being Intimidated by Loud Noises

A rational person may become violent for many reasons, but the general explanation is that they realize they cannot get what they want through verbal negotiation. Emotions play a big role in this evaluation of circumstances, so I’m not claiming that a calm and rational mind will clinically decide to attack after a cost-benefit analysis…

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Universal Fighting Concepts

The more you learn of different fighting styles from around the world and through history, the more similarities become obvious. Bartitsu and other mixed martial arts function not only because one style will fill a gap that the other leaves, but because many of the core concepts are shared. Today, we’re looking at the important…

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Beginners Courses in October

Our next round of Beginner’s Courses are just around the corner! Celebrate the start of Fall by swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover different avenues of Western Martial Arts: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course…

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Various Congratulations

At the Fight Directors Canada annual National Workshop, we are always honoured by the presence of our Maitre d’Armes J.P. Fournier. This year, the Basic Actor-Combatant class were privileged to learn single sword from our living legend. Honour to Him The Nationals this year coincided with the gala to honour J.P. with a Sterling Lifetime…

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Neck Vulnerabilities Studied in Bartitsu

One of the fears among city-dwellers in 1890’s London was being strangled by an unseen attacker from behind. And why not? That’s a pretty dangerous situation, and one that seems difficult to escape. That particular fear drove the development of Bartitsu. The neck feels particularly vulnerable, and for good reason. There are 3 types of…

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Face Evolved to be Punched

The lantern jaw and the brow ridge aren’t accidentally related to testosterone production. We know that during development, testosterone levels during critical phases will determine certain male-dominated bone structures. Recently, a new hypothesis explains why the human face evolved the way it did. On the Face of It The researchers examined skulls of human ancestors,…

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