I really fell in love with Bartitsu: The Victorian Art of Self-Defense and took two workshops, attended a lecture and a movie about the beginning of the art. The instructors real name is Mark P. Donnelly but he calls himself Professore di Armes. This art was developed in England by Edward William Barton-Wright after he spent time in Japan but we remember it from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the technique used by Sherlock Holmes. The Bartitsu Club was all the rage in 1899 and only recently has this lost martial art been rediscovered. Mr. Barton-Wright summarised the essential principles of Barititus as:
- To disturb the equlibrium of the attacker.
- To surprise him before he has time to regain his balance and use his strength.
- If necessary, to subject the joints of any parts of his body, whether neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, back, knee, ankle, etc. to strains that they are anatomically and mechanically unable to resist.
What does a gentleman of fine breeding have as he is walking down the street...a cane. What does a lady carry....a parasol. I attended the gentlemen's workshop entitled Fight Like Sherlock Holmes-Introductory Bartitsu taught by Prof. Mark P Donnelly were we tried a few techniques on how to use the cane and feet to disable the attacker. This is my daughter using a cane against the assailant. In this workshop, he told us that men are punched and if we attended the ladies workshop entitled Kicking Ass in a Corset - Bartitsu for Ladies we would see that men grab women. So on Saturday, we attended that workshop and found that for women, use your shoes, parasol or whatever is handy..the point was to get away. I have some video but can't figure how to get it on Blogger, I will keep at it.
Some of the costumes.He is a mad scientist
Before we left and after I brought my corset (you wear them on the outside), we attended the Bathing Beauties Costume Contest. We did not stay to see who won because we had already picked the winner in our heads.
I thought I would end with the corset that I brought for my costume that I am trying to get together in my mind before the next festival. The one I really, really, really want to go to is in NJ, Steampunk World's Fair. Last year there was 4,000 attendees. I even have a name "Mistress Gift", in German, Gift means to poison. I thought that I would be a poisoner. My first costume will be simple, something like thisor without the gun, remember...I am a poisoner. I should wear a skirt but I never wear a skirt, if I did, it would be similar to this. Time to go to GStreet for fabric and leather.
I was talking to some gentlemen and I agreed with them that the reason that Steampunk is popular with older people is because we grew up with Buck Rogers, Jules Verne and others like them so we are just reliving our childhoods.
(My daughter and son-in-law)