"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."
- Sherlock Holmes in "The Empty House"
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 study group training session. No martial arts experience required.
Society For Martial Arts Instruction (SMFAI)
4 West 18th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York 10011
When you arrive at the dojo please do the following:
1) Remove your shoes, or step to the non-mat area of the training floor. No shoes anywhere in the dojo, including locker rooms and bathrooms, except in the entry way, and on the training floor without mats.
2) If you are new, sign the SFMAI waiver and the Bartitsu Club of NYC waiver (existing students don't need to sign again)
3) Pay your tuition of $20 (cash only, 50% for our instructor, 50% is remitted to our host venue, Society For Martial Arts Instruction (SMFAI), a not–for-profit 501c organization committed to empowering people of all ages through the knowledge and practice of martial arts and somatic movement sciences.)
Curriculum includes canonical Bartitsu from turn-of-the-century instructional articles published by Bartitsu's founder, Edward William Barton-Wright, as well historic and antique training manuals of the era. Neo-Bartitsu will also be explored.
Please bring a walking stick, parasol, and/or stick umbrella if you have one. We have a few to loan to students. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can scuffle about a bit. If you are mobile in your period attire, you are welcome to wear it, although we discourage high heels.
More information: http://www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu/club.html