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Learn Bartitsu: The Gentleman’s Martial Art

Thank you to everyone who helped make this past Bartitsu Demonstration a blast! See you at the next Steampunk program.

June 20, 2015
12 pm to 4 pm
Blacksmith Shop

Learn Bartitsu, the gentleman’s form of self-defense popular in Victorian London. Mark Donnelly is an expert in the fighting style used by literary hero Sherlock Holmes. Learn to use the world around you, from umbrellas to snuff boxes. This demonstration and lesson will link the realms of history and imagination.


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$10 (Non-Members)

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What is Bartitsu?

"This workshop is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense which incorporates: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self-defense; grappling(judo/jiujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace Victorian accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc. all employed in an effort to maintain 'preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne'er-do-wells of nefarious intent'." -Mark Donnelly, Bartitsu Instructor

Watch this video to see Mark in Bartitsu action!

Mark Donnelly is a television producer, screenwriter, graphic designer, historian, multi-award winning author, and duelist well-known for his talents in combat fighting. Currently having 20 books in print along with scripting/producing over 200 hours of broadcast television, Mark is distinguished for his historical knowledge. Studying armed combat since the age of 13, combined with years of training and research, he has traveled throughout the world to teach these fighting styles.

Learn more about Mark Donnelly!

Mark Donnelly



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