IN 1899, E.W. Barton-Wright devised the martial art of Bartitsu as a process of cross-training between jujitsu, boxing, savate and stick fighting, designed to beat the fearsome street gangsters of... More > Edwardian London at their own game. The second volume of the Bartitsu Compendium provides resources towards continuing Barton-Wright’s experiments. It combines extensive excerpts from fifteen classic Edwardian-era self defence manuals, including well over four hundred illustrations.Volume II also offers an extensive collection of long-forgotten newspaper and magazine articles on Bartitsu exhibitions and contests; original articles on Bartitsu history and training; a complete course of Edwardian-era “physical culture” exercises; personality profiles, essays and more besides. The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume II is a must-have companion piece for the first volume in this series, and offers further fascinating insight into the world of “antagonistics” in Edwardian England.
This is the true story of Edith Garrud, the woman who taught jujutsu to the secret "Bodyguard" society of the English Suffragette movement during the early years of the 20th century.
The... More > Suffragettes used radical tactics to win the right of women to vote in national elections.
Edith and her "Jujutsuffragettes" had many adventures protecting their leaders from being arrested or assaulted. Sometimes they used clever tricks and disguises, and sometimes they battled hand-to-hand against police and angry crowds.
With 29 illustrations; suggested for readers aged 12 and older.< Less
“A Terrific Combat!!!” is an anthology of commentaries on stage fighting during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Shakespeare’s works were the life’s blood of the great... More > metropolitan theatres and rough-and-tumble melodramas played to packed houses.
Full of colourful anecdotes and insights and illustrated with over one hundred rare photographs and drawings, "A Terrific Combat!!!" offers many hours of amusement and enlightenment.
"I love this book. It is a little gem and it makes a unique addition to the range of books on the theatre, an homage to stage fighters from all ages." - William Hobbs< Less
“To be courageous is enviable, whilst, on the other hand, to be able to conceal the absence of courage is useful” – Baron Charles de Berenger, 1835“Defensive Gymnastics”... More > is a long-forgotten classic in the annals of how-to literature, compiling the Baron’s advice on the different modes of “manly character”; the use of defensive gymnastics with fists, canes, whips, pistols and umbrellas to thwart pickpockets, street ruffians and con-artists; and how to escape from highwaymen, burning buildings, icy ponds and wild bulls.The 2008 edition features over 50 new photographs and drawings, an introductory biography and a special feature on the Baron’s Stadium, a 24-acre training academy for all manner of “manly sports and defensive exercises”.Eccentric and street-wise, de Berenger’s “Defensive Gymnastics” is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone age; a wonderful gift or practical study guide for self-defence enthusiasts and history buffs alike.< Less