Learning Bartitsu

One of the most common questions asked is: where can I learn Bartitsu near me?

We’re currently working on this page which we intend to have an active a club directory, library of resources and to promote events and workshops hosted by the community.

In the meantime with have a list below of Bartitsu clubs named from bartitsu.org website (whilst it’s being restored) and links to the popular Bartitsu Compendiums.

Bartitsu Compendiums

Bartitsu Compendium Volume 1

Bartitsu Compendium Volume 2


Bartitsu Clubs

New Bartitsu Club List Found Here


United Kingdom

Tommy Moore offers Bartitsu training in Alcester, Warwickshire.

The Basingstoke Bartitsu Irregulars have classes in Basingstoke, Berkshire.

Battersea Bartitsu is a study group in Battersea, London.

The Bartitsu and Antagonist Forum Classes meet every Tuesday, 7 till 9 at Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DW.

The PUMA Bartitsu and Self Defence School in Sheffield “creates modern self defence from the historic work of Bartitsu”.

The Bartitsu Club – Isle of Wight offers regular training in E.W. Barton-Wright’s “New Art of Self Defence”.

The Black Boar Swordsmanship School in Scotland offers regular training in self defence with a walking stick, drawing from the Bartitsu repertoire as well as the “Cane as a Weapon” system of A.C. Cunningham.

The Black Boar Study Group in Cheshire study the use of the walking stick and cane, as well as regular looks at Defence Dans La Rue and other forms of Antagonistics

Self Defence Canterbury offers Bartitsu classes in Canterbury, Kent.

The Grange (Coventry, UK) offers experience days, with tuition in Bartitsu.

The Linacre School of Defence (Oxford, UK) offers classes in c1900
boxing (including grappling) and low kicks of savate, and may offer
further related arts in the future.

James Marwood teaches private classes throughout the U.K.

York School of Defence – Wednesday evenings, 20:30 -22:00. Melbourne Centre, Escrick Street, York, YO10 4AW, UK



Nathan Featherstone runs a small study group in Dublin, Ireland


Ran Braun runs occasional Bartitsu study groups in Calabria, Rome, Savona and Como.


The Alte Kampfkunst historical Western martial arts school in Wuppertal, Germany, offers regular Bartitsu training with instructor Stefan Dieke.

Alex Kiermayer offers occasional Bartitsu seminars.

Ramon Patrick Prang teaches classes in Schleswig Holstein. He can also be contacted via email.


The Bartitsu Club Athens 1900 practices Bartitsu every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Coriolanos College of Combat and Physical Wellness in Athens. Contact gzarma@gmail.com for details.


The Zwaardkring historical fencing club offers one two-hour Bartitsu practice session per month and the Judoclub Shizen Hontai plans to offer a weekly Bartitsu study group. Both clubs are in Veldhoven, Netherlands.


Bartitsu Club Russia, based at the Mishenev Fencing School in St. Petersburg, offers occasional public Bartitsu seminars.


Savate Warszawa offers Bartitsu training in Warsaw, Poland.


The Bartitsu Euskadi group offer training in the Basque city of Galdakao. Contact Mikel for more details.




Instructor Matt Cacy runs a Bartitsu class on Thursday nights in Anchorage, Alaska.

Malcolm Brown teaches three weekly Bartitsu classes (ages 13 and older) at Pilot Point School in Pilot Point, Alaska.


The Los Angeles Bartitsu Club meets weekly in Burbank.

The Historic Martial Arts Preservation Society of San Diego offers classes in Bartitsu and Neo-Bartitsu.

The Bay Area Bartitsu Irregulars meet monthly.


The Nutmeg Bartitsu Society offers bi-weekly training and regular seminars.


The Bartitsu Club of Tallahassee offers regular weekly training in both canonical and neo-Bartitsu skills.

The Contenders des Tropiques is a group of actors in Florida who provide neo-Victorian/Edwardian-themed self defence displays for entertainment purposes.


Neo-Bartitsu Columbus offers multiple weekly classes at Bishop’s Tae Kwon Do dojang in Columbus, Georgia. Contact Daniel Bellware for all details.


The Bartitsu Club of Chicago offers weekly training and occasional “open” seminars at the Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts studio in Ravenswood, Chicago.

The Gallowglass Academy (Rockford, Illinois) offers occasional Bartitsu seminars and courses.


Capital City Martial Arts (Bartitsu & Historical Fencing) is based in Lansing MI. and offers training in Bartitsu, Glima, historical fencing and World Kenpo Jujutsu.


The Bartitsu of DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia offers training.


The Bartitsu Club of New York City is a training group dedicated to the study and revival of the Victorian arts of self-defense. The Club meets once a month in Chelsea for approximately 3 hours of Bartitsu training consisting of Vigny cane, savate, ‘scientific’ pugilism, and Ju Jutsu. For more information, contact bartitsu@nycsteampunk.com.


The Cumann Bhata Dayton (Ohio) Western martial arts club offers Bartitsu classes on the first Monday of each month.

Columbus Bartitsu offers regular Bartitsu training via the Royal Arts Fencing Academy in Columbus, Ohio.


The Academia Duellatoria in Portland, Oregon runs a neo-Bartitsu class every Wednesday evening at 6:00.


Prof. Mark Donnelly runs the Keystone Academy Bartitsu Club in Harrisburg.


The Houston School of Defense offers regular Bartitsu classes with instructor Chris Amendola.


The Cumberland Bartitsu Academy offers training in empty hand defence from classic pugilism and savate, physical culture, practical and classic weapons training including walking stick self defence, cudgel and English quarterstaff, grappling and take downs from Japan, with an emphasis on combining each part to develop a workable system for the student.


The Barton-Wright/Alfred Hutton Alliance for Historically Accurate Hoplology and Antagonistics (BWAHAHAHA) of Seattle, Washington offers weekly cross-training in a panoply of 19th century antagonistics and physical culture methods.


The Academie Duello historical fencing and stage combat school in Vancouver, Canada offers a “Fight Like Sherlock Holmes” intro. course on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays as well as an ongoing Bartitsu course on Wednesdays and Saturdays with instructor David McCormick.


The European Defensive Arts School in Brisbane, Australia offers a Bartitsu study group training experience.

The Gemeiner Academy of European Combat Arts (Gold Coast, Australia) offers regular training in Vigny/Lang stick fighting and associated skills.

The Victorian Historical Combat Academy studies a variety of 19th Century martial arts, including Bartitsu.

Canonical Bartitsu Articles

How to Start a Bartitsu Club

In this article we are going to look at how to start a Bartitsu club, what a Bartitsu club is and getting started with your first session. It is important to begin with understanding the aim of why someone may want to learn Bartitsu. There are many different reasons,...

The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence: The Manly Art of Bartitsu

The Sherlock Holmes School of Self Defence elaborates the martial art known as Bartitsu it a small yet detailed guide full of images. The team behind the book have taken quotes from both Barton-Wright and the stories of Sherlock Holmes. The book is presented in a...

Stances in Bartitsu – Canonical

Unarmed Stances The Ready Stance (Hachiji-Dachi) The ready stance in Bartitsu takes itself from classical Japanese combat forms. To get into position your feet should be shoulder-width apart with your toes pointing outward at 45 degrees. Your knees should be slightly...

The Core Tactics of Bartitsu, What Are They?

The art of Bartitsu is one which the practitioner utilises both their mental and physical capabilities.The system, in Barton-Wright's own words, has been carefully and scientifically planned. It is with this in mind that the practitioner must employ surprise,...

Bartitsu: Historical Self-Defence with a Walking Stick Series

So you're wanting to learn Bartitsu but can't find a club near you? Well, Alex Kiermayer has created an excellent instructional video series, originally produced in German, it is now available in English to stream and purchase as a DVD. Below shows a small snippet of...

Extending Bartitsu

How to Start a Bartitsu Club

In this article we are going to look at how to start a Bartitsu club, what a Bartitsu club is and getting started with your first session. It is important to begin with understanding the aim of why someone may want to learn Bartitsu. There are many different reasons,...

Safety First: What’s Bartitsu’s Priority?

It’s London, 1900. Midnight. You’re walking home from a post-theatre gin with your wife. A little merry but otherwise well. You’ve been unable to get a carriage home, so you take the short walk through the park to get home. It’s late, but a summer’s eve and warm...

Savate in Bartitsu – Kicks, Strikes and Distance

An introduction to the art of Savate La Boxe Francaise, commonly know as Savate is a French martial art which employs the use of boxing and kicking techniques. Historians can point to several points in time when Savate was formed, and like most things in history, it...

Yoga in Bartitsu – The Victorian Martial Art

To the unacquainted, some may think Yoga and martial arts are philosophies of opposites, chalk and cheese to say.  But if we dive deeper, both Yoga and martial arts contain some core concepts which are common throughout. Each allows the practitioner to generate a...

How To Hit Someone With A Stick

One of the most popular aspects of Bartitsu is Cane fighting techniques. Cane self-defence techniques are not just popular to the Bartitsu practitioner but the martial art community in general. In this post, we've included a video from the popular HEMA youtube...