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History of fencing, swordplay and weapons

Dark Ages - MJ Dougherty

Currently reading: Dark Ages – Martin J. Dougherty

The ‘Dark Ages’, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century through to the beginning of the medieval era in the eleventh century, have often been crudely depicted as an era of mass illiteracy, ignorance and of terrifying heathen hordes swarming across the European continent, leaving devastation in their wake.

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WDS Bartitsu sampler

For our last session of the year, the Okehampton group undertook a wee sampler from the Bartitsu canon of E.W. Barton-Wright. Edwardian costume wasn’t compulsory – in fact only the instructor decided to add some colour for the occasion.

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Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’

Mr Edward William Barton-Wright was an English railway engineer who travelled widely and formulated what today we call a mixed martial art. Barton-Wright combined elements of boxing, jujitsu, cane fighting (la cane), and French kick boxing (savat) in order to create a self defence system that could be used by gentlemen on the mean streets …

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