Canne de Combat Video

La Canne de Combat is French for “combat cane” and is distinct from Bartitsu’s walking stick self-defense. La Canne Francaise (“French cane”) was a branch of savate, and remains a part of some savate schools. Pierre Vigny brought some of the aspects of La Canne to Bartitsu, with his own interpretations and modifications for the…

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Shillelagh or Irish Stick Fighting

St. Patrick’s Day was this week, so let’s celebrate the shillelagh, or blackthorn walking stick and its fighting style. As Jon Mills explained in his post, the general Irish term for stick fighting is Bataireacht. The shillelagh itself is a single piece of blackthorn or oak about three feet long. Longer sticks were called wattles…

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The Legacy of Irish Martial Arts

My blood began to boil, my temper I was losing. And poor old Erin’s Isle, they all began abusing. “Hurrah! my boys,” says I, my shillelagh I let fly. Some Galway boys were by, they saw I was a hobble in; Then with a loud “hurrah !” they joined me in the fray.      …

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