More Bartitsu

A few more shares to help build excitement for Tony Wolf’s upcoming Pacific NW tour- details to follow, but expect several opportunities the first week or two in March. The sponsor group, which I’ve gotten to play with a few times, is a study group hosted by local author Neal Stevenson – a great author, and a good training partner as well. His group plays with Fiore and Bartitsu, primarily. I had the pleasure of working on a book trailer for Anathem a while back, and there were a couple other connections as well, so it was nice how everything seemed to fall in to place when I was able to join them.

Both Neal and Tony are featured in the upcoming documentary about Bartitsu, for which a trailer has just been released:

Should be fun to see. I was a little disappointed with Reclaiming the Blade, in that I expect European martial arts documentaries to have a limited niche audience, and therefore be able to delve more deeply. RTB seemed more aimed at a lay viewer, your channel surfer who hits the History Channel by mistake… I do hope the Bartitsu one is able to cater more to us martial arts geeks, but we’ll see.

The non-martial cultural issues around Bartitsu are fascinating as well, as Tony’s shown some with his book on Edith Garrud, his stories in workshops, etc. Class and gender tensions, the novelty of bringing in Asian “experts” (as was apparently seen even here in Seattle at the time!) versus the pride in home-grown wrestling and boxing, martial art as self-defense, sport, exercise or entertainment… all sorts of juicy issues and history to explore.



  1. Anthony
    Posted January 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I think Bartitsu also has interest from an artistic perspective in light that this is a specific form of bodily expression that had been dead, dead, dead but is now being brought to light. It was special to a specific place, and a specific era and took a creative mind to synthesize Bartitsu.

  2. cynickal
    Posted January 6, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to chatching a glimps of this.
    Keep us updated, please

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