11 June 2007
Old School Defensive Clothing

Courtesy of Alina, Punch Magazine's ideas for self protection from 1856



There's also this gem pointing out the problems of having too much hardware and not enough software.

Well-armed and deliberate Party (aside). "NOW, JUST LET ME SEE! THE QUESTION IS SIMPLY THIS: SHALL I USE MY SWORD-STICK, MY LIFE-PRESERVER, MY NEW 12-CHAMBERED REVOLVER, OR THE KNUCKLEDUSTER IN THE LEFT TAIL-POCKET OF MY DRESS-COAT?"




Images courtesy of the excellent Victorian London site.

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16 May 2007
More Vigny Goodness

Craig Gemeiner has just had a nice little article published in Black Belt magazine*. Way to go Craig.

Here it is below:

Craig's BB Article.pdf

*The World's Leading Magazine Of Self Defence. Apparently. Looking at some of the crap it seems to be peddling you may be better off rolling it up and using it to stab someone.

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17 April 2007
More DdlR Video Goodness

Another sweet clip from Craig Gemeiner.

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22 February 2007
The Noble Art Of Self Defence

Interesting little clip of trapping and parrying by Jimmy Wilde. Get past the Chummley-Warner into and there is some very practical stuff there.

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20 February 2007
Muay Thai vs. SAVATE

Interesting bout. Appears to be under Thai rules.

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19 February 2007
The Walking Stick Method of Self Defence

All round top chap Kirk Lawson has updated his presentation of the The Walking Stick Method of Self Defence by H.G. Lang. This is one of the prime sources for La Canne Vigny and is well worth a download, espeically since it is free!

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16 February 2007
Gemeiner's La canne Vigny

Those in Antagonistics and Savate circles will be well aware of Craig Gemineiner, the chap behind the excellent Savate Australia and La Canne Vigny sites. You can see Craig demonstating drills and sparring in this rather excellent video clip.

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12 February 2007
More on Vigny

More Vigny goodness. This time courtesy of Ralph Grasso and Craig Gemeiner.

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11 February 2007
Sticks!


One of my favourite elements of the anatagonistic arts is the stick fighting common in the 19th Century. The two areas that interest me the most are La Canne as taught by Pierre Vigny, the Maitre d'Armes at the Bartitsu club, and Irish Bata.

The former uses a particular design of stick, being light, quick and failry whippy with a brass knob on top. I've been eyeing the apparently high-quality training versions sold by Purpleheart for a while now but always kept putting off.

Well, today I was in Basingstoke and nipped into Natural World, a shop selling native crafts and the like. I bought a nice little cudgel from there a while back so thought I may as well see what they had. I spied a number of Vigny-style canes in there for the bargain price of £2.50 each. Turns out Natural World have gone bust so are selling everything off as cheap as you like. I bought all 4 they had in store, but if there is a store near you it'd be well worth a look.

The stick is very light and may not stand up for long, but since it is a cheaper than a pint of mild I thought it would be rude not to take advantage.

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05 February 2007
Wacky '60s SD Video

Whilst going through my old documents I came across this delightful little clip. I'm guessing it's from the 1960s and shows la canne and jujitsu being used for female spelf protection. Aside from the obviously staged assaults and lack of serious energy it is very interesting to see la canne and jujitsu in an explicitly self protection setting, similar to Bartitsu and Defense dans la Rue.

STICK_WITH_IT.wmv

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25 October 2006
Sherlock Holmes Fisticuffs

Courtesy of Tony Wolf - a decent example of 19thC Boxing from everyone's second favourite enquiry agent.

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