“Défense dans la Rue” or “Street Defense” is a term that originated in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It signifies a fascinating chapter in the development of urban street combat, akin to England’s Bartitsu. This martial art is a dynamic hybrid, drawing from a diverse range of disciplines. Within Défense dans la Rue, you’ll find techniques from Boxe Française, Pugilism, La Canne, Ju-Jitsu, wrestling, and even insight into the practical use of weapons like revolvers and knives.

Practitioners were encouraged to seek training from proficient masters in these various “combat sports” and then synthesize this knowledge into an effective self-defense system. This approach mirrors the era’s growing enthusiasm for self-defense and resulted in the creation of a unique, adaptable combat discipline that remains historically captivating.