Some exclusive technical views on Bartitsu’s famous stick fighter Pierre Vigny as well as his surprising link with the Olympics.
The strange case of the “wooden sword conspirators”
In 1832 London, a group of recreational fencers got arrested for conspiring to overthrow the government.
Marey Sabre uncovered : Marey-Monge’s forgotten yet influential sword designs
Identifying the first known example of a sabre designed by Marey-Monge.
Show me some nice swords: How to talk to a German sword cutler in the 17th century
Some interesting excerpts from a travel book destined to French soldiers fighting around Strasbourg in 1635.
Living off the sword under Napoleon : A history of the fencing masters of the Grand Army
What was the job of fencing master in the Great Army like? Let’s examine their practice and it’s context.
British sabreurs through French eyes
Yesterday was the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. I thought it would then be interesting to translate a…
Very Perilous: A sword wounds compendium by the surgeon Ravaton
Ravaton wrote the longest volume ever published on the treatment of blade wounds in wartime. This article examine his work from the viewpoint of HMA.
“Strong as an ox and quick as a cat”: Nina Lemon sword fights with a burglar
I recently found this article that I had stored away on my computer a few years ago and rediscovered the…
“Six Inches of Steel”: Bowie Knife Instruction by Louis Juan Ohnimus
As the Bartitsu.org website seems to be currently down, I have decided to republish here this article I had found…
French cutlass regulations – The work of Bouët-Willaumez
The first French cutlass regulation drill and its developper.