We will be at STEAMPUNK WORLD'S FAIR
May 17-19, 2013
Radisson and Embassy Hotels
21 Kingsbridge Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Bartitsu Club of New York City students and instructors will be at the Fair, participating in Professor Donnelly's workshops on Bartitsu and other 19th-century fighting arts. We'll also be doing outreach and promotion of the Club.
Learn to fight like Sherlock Holmes! London's Bartitsu Club was all the rage in 1899, but only recently has this lost martial art been rediscovered. Learn the "gentlemanly art of self-defense" at our seminars and monthly training sessions.
No martial arts experience required
Suitable for all fitness levels
Learn to use a walking stick, parasol, jacket, and other accessories for protection
Monthly training sessions are led by our elected curriculum leader Jesse Barnick, who has been training in various martial arts since 1986 and teaching since 1996. Historical combat expert Professor Mark P. Donnelly, whose July 2011 Bartitsu seminars in New York City helped to launch the group, has kindly agreed to advise us via e-mail, telephone, and Skype, and visits regularly to teach weekend Bartitsu seminars in the city.
"We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through his grip, and he with a horrible scream kicked madly for a few seconds, and clawed the air with both his hands. But for all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went." - Sherlock Holmes in "The Empty House"
Monthly Training Sessions
The Society for Martial Arts Instruction (SFMAI) is generously helping us to revive the lost martial art of Bartitsu, so our monthly training sessions are held at their dojo at 4 West 18th Street. When you arrive at the SMFMAI, please do the following:
Step onto the training floor, or else remove your shoes until you reach the training floor. No shoes anywhere in the dojo except in the entry corridor and on training floor, including locker rooms, bathrooms, water cooler, etc.
Sign the SFMAI waiver if you are new, and if you are new to the Bartitsu Club of NYC, sign our waiver as well (additional waivers required for seminars with visiting instructors)
For study group sessions, contribute a sliding-scale donation of $10 ($5 for students/financially challenged, $15 for landed gentry and robber barons), unless you are already a SFMAI student or staff member. For seminars, tickets are required (via advance registration or at-the-door purchase)
Since we do not have a Bartitsu instructor residing in New York City, the study group sessions are led by elected curriculum tutor Jesse Barnick. Historical combat expert Professor Mark P. Donnelly, whose July 2011 Bartitsu seminars in New York City helped to launch the group, regularly returns to NYC to teach our seminars, and has kindly agreed to advise us via e-mail, telephone, and Skype.
Photo slide show from February 2012 Club Meet. Click for larger version.
Note that ALL STUDY GROUP DONATIONS will go directly to The Society For Martial Arts Instruction (SMFAI), a kick butt not–for-profit 501c organization committed to empowering people of all ages through the knowledge and practice of martial arts and somatic movement sciences. If you cannot afford to contribute even $5, then no explanation necessary, just donate whatever you can to help sustain SMFAI's efforts to promote martial arts as a means of self-improvement, and to assist small groups like our own.