On July 23-24, 2011, The New York Nineteenth Century Society presented the Antagonistics Weekend, introducing Bartitsu, the Victorian art of self-defense, to New York City. Mark P. Donnelly, Professore di Armes and a noted Bartitsu instructor, taught the Saturday and Sunday seminars. The weekend also included a Saturday evening social, “A Study in Scarlet,” at The Way Station, featuring Professor Donnelly’s entertaining presentation on Bartitsu, street crime, and the Victorian era, as well as musical performances by Painless Parker, Mike Lunapiena, and Amalia Daskalakis. Volunteers Samuel Sobekl and Eva Ulz generously donated their time and effort to make the Antagonistics Weekend possible. Special thanks all those who supported our endeavor with their volunteering, services, or creative efforts: The Way Station, Noam Berg, Professor Fumolatro (Michael), Mark P. Donnelly, Adrienne O’Hanlon, Mike Lunapiena, Amalia Daskalakis, and anyone I may have forgotten, as well as to everyone who came out on one of the hottest days in history to support our endeavor.
Learn to fight like Sherlock Holmes! London’s Bartitsu Club was all the rage in 1899, but only recently has this lost martial art been rediscovered. Learn the “gentlemanly art of self-defense” at workshops taught by Professor Mark Donnelly, a world-renowned expert on historical combat.
Be part of history at Bartitsu’s NYC debut!
-Learn to use a walking stick, parasol, jacket, and other accessories for protection
-No martial arts experience required.
-A study in self-defense and in history.
A TWO-DAY EVENT, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY! PLEASE RSVP FOR EITHER OR BOTH – THESE ARE STANDALONE EVENTS, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO ATTEND SATURDAY TO PARTICIPATE ON SUNDAY.
Presented by The New York Nineteenth Century Society
Sponsored by Painless Parker and Professor Fumolatro
For more information and to register: http://www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu