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Bartitsu Course in Edinburgh

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:12 am
by Phil the Grips
Fancy learning the martial art of Sherlock Holmes and the Suffragettes? Edwardian self defence for the discerning gentleman and lady, as featured in The Chap magazine.

I shall be running a Bartitsu course ( in Edinburgh, Scotland from January 21st until 25 March (10 weeks total), from 6.30-8.30 pm on Thursday evenings.

The venue will be the Big Red Door, Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh,(, a local performance and arts space, as well as a burlesque and steampunk themed nightclub venue, so very much in the Bartitsu vain. Admission is free, but only 18s and over may attend due to licencing and insurance concerns.

This is a trial term so the initial programme will be very much canonical technique with each session consisting of some physical conditioning, fist/foot, grappling and cane work in equal measure- aimed to be accessible to all, regardless of experience and ability.

The eventual aim, if there is interest and venue space, is to extend into a more neo-Bartitsu vein as skills and equipment allow. Basically if it fits the core areas and is in a Western(ish) book then it's fair game to me.

There are also plans for two one day workshops on a saturday at some point before March- see the Te Pooka website for more details when this is confirmed.