Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tomahawk Class

I will be offering a short tomahawk class at ReenactorFest on Saturday February 6, 2010.

Also, look for a one day tomahawk seminar later this spring at Gallowglass Academy in Leaf River, IL.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bartitsu Demonstration

On Sunday January 17, 2010 I did my discussion/demonstration of Bartitsu at the Centuries and Slueths bookstore, an independent book store that specializes in history and mystery titles, in Forest Park, IL.

The demonstration took place just after the meeting of the local chapter of Mystery Writers of America so we had about fifteen interested attendees. I opened with a discussion of the background of Barton-Wright and how Bartitsu was started. I, of course, brought in the connection with Sherlock Holmes.
My capable assistants Andrea Dubnick, president of Gallowglass Academy, Inc, Michael and Antina Pennock and Lisa Menkhaus did an admirable job of showing some of the basic techniques in jujutsu and Vigny stick. I got a volunteer from the audience, who was martial arts instructor, to help me with the pugilism section of the demonstration.

We got some good questions from the audience both during and after the performance. I sold one of Kirk Lawson's "Banned from Boxing" books to the audience volunteer who is interested in learning more about historic pugilism.

We had a number of folks take away our business cards and flyers for the Bartitsu seminar in April.

I asked Augie Alexie, the owner of the bookstore, to send me some photos to put up on the Gallowglass Academy website and will post the info here when we have them.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Meditations on Violence

I recommend this book by Sgt Rory Miller to anyone who is an instructor or student of a martial art that claims to teach self defense.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bowie Knife Class

A one day class on the Bowie knife is being offered at Highland College campus in Elizabeth, IL (about 15 miles east of Galena, IL) on Saturday March 6, 2010. For more info go to