Workshop Bartitsu and modern self-defence with James Marwood


The School voor Historische Schermkunsten (School for Historical Fencing Arts) hereby informs you that on the 16th and 17th of November 2013, the indomitable gentleman James Marwood has presented a workshop on defending life, limb, and loved ones. We herewith cordially invited you to participate in this workshop.

On Saturday the 16th of November, the entire day was devoted to the practice of the 19th century art of self-defence "Bartitsu".
On Sunday the 17th of November, the subject of the workshop was "Self-defence in a modern context".

Bartitsu, a creation of Edward William Barton-Wright, was the first Mixed Martial Art. In Japan, Barton-Wright was one of the first westerners to study jujutsu, which he brought back to England. There, he combined it with English boxing, French Savate and cane fighting into an all-round self-defence art for ladies and gentlemen. This extract from a recent BBC-program on the spread of Asian Martial Arts in Britain gives a good impression of Bartitsu.

During the session on self-defence in a modern context we discussed how to recognise and prevent violence. Then, we explored how to manage a violent encounter that could not be prevented. In this, we considered both technical as well as psychological aspects.


James Marwood is a management consultant, and a self defence and Bartitsu instructor based in London, UK. He teaches private classes and self defence seminars, as well as being regularly invited to teach at events around Europe.
Having studied the martial arts since he started school, a degree in Criminology and with 10 years experience in the private security industry James is especially interested in the practical applications of fighting systems and how the theory can be applied in the real world.
In his professional life James spends a lot of time public speaking, running workshops and helping global corporate clients solve problems. He notes the flexibility, dedication and resilience learned through years of martial arts study have been invaluable in this.
Finally, he is a snappy dresser!

A selection of photographs taken during the event can be found here.



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