ABOUT OUR CLUB
Mr Kevin Allmond Esq
The instructor is Mr Kevin Allmond Esq who studied under Shihan Alan Godfrey in Hakuda Ryu Karate. Shihan Alan was an ABA Boxing Coach (he coached the Metroplitan Police boxing team in the 1960's), a 6th Dan Jujitsu and 5th Dan karate instructor. He also coached Okinawan Kobudo which focused on the 'peasant weapons' such as sticks, tonfa, nunchaku and bo staff.
As Shihan Alan advanced in years he developed arthritis in his knees and would frequently have to resort to using a walking stick to enable him to get around. Undeterred by this turn of events, Shihan Alan turned this situation to his advantage, and used his intimimate knowledge of Jujitsu and Okinawan Kobudo and combined them to turn his walking stick into a lethal weapon. He taught his method of using the walking stick as a weapon to his students as it was a 'weapon' that could be legitimately carried in the street.
Just as Edward Barton Wright had broken the 'rules' in 1900 by cross training in different martial arts, Shihan Alan Godfrey did the same in the 1960's and 70's. However, in order for him to gain recognition for his mixed martial art, Shihan Alan had to give it a name. Thus, quite independently of Edward Barton Wright, Shihan Alan Godfrey had reinvented Bartitsu some 60 years after Edward Barton Wright founded Bartitsu and he called it Hakuda Ryu.
The Training Area
The Howarth Industrial Bartitsu Club is situated on the top floor of the old "Howarth Industrial Saws" building on Hebden Road between Oxenhope and Crossroads. It is a fully equipped martial arts 'dojo' in the same vein as the original London Bartitsu Club.
The training area is fully equipped with full length mirrors, assorted punch bags, kick bags and punch pads. Along with these there are the associated mitts and gloves to avoid injury.
It has a matted area for the practice of Jujitsu throws and breakfalls.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Kevin Allmond has been teaching Hakuda Ryu Karate, or what transpired to be Neo-Bartitsu, for over 15 years now and, last year, opened a centre dedicated to the martial arts and the Eastern styles of fitness. He is a full member of the BMABA (British Martial Arts and Boxing Association) and is a currently working towards his 4th Dan grading.
Introduction to The Haworth Industrial Bartitsu Club of Great Britain.
Firstly the club is set up, from the outset, to be an anachronism. An anachronism (from the Greek ἀνά ana, "against" and χρόνος khronos, "time") is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time.
The original Bartitsu Academy of Arms and Physical Culture, as established by Edward William Barton-Wright, was initially based on the model of a Victorian gentlemen’s club. Prospective members would be voted on by a committee of prominent persons including Colonel Sir George Malcolm Fox, formerly in charge of the British Army’s physical training programme, and Captain Alfred Hutton, who also taught both modern and historical fencing at the Club. Once admitted, members of the Bartitsu Club were required to attend a series of private lessons before being allowed to join in the group classes. The latter were run according to a type of circuit training model, with small groups of students rotating between specialist instructors.
Thus, it will be so with the Haworth Industrial Bartitsu Club of Great Britain. This club will also be ‘loosely’ based on the model of a Victorian era ‘Gentleman’s Club’ as per the original Bartitsu Club in London, albeit without the committee of ‘prominent persons’.
We will be studying and practicing the self defence system of Bartitsu in the canonical sense (i.e. straight from original source material of Edward William Barton Wright where available) and in a practical sense by using the techniques described by Edward William Barton Wright but adapted for a more modern attack method hence the anachronism.
The original club of 1899 to 1902 included an impressive roster of self defence specialists gathered from around the world. From Switzerland came Pierre Vigny, a highly experienced master-at-arms and innovator in self defence instruction, teaching the skills of la boxe Francaise (French kickboxing or savate) and his own idiosyncratic method of la canne (walking-stick fighting). Yukio Tani and Sadakazu Uyenishi introduced their students to the mysteries of jujitsu. A Swiss all-in wrestler named Armand Cherpillod ran classes in Svingen (traditional Swiss wrestling). In addition to these worthies, the Club was home to a cabal of fencer/historians led by Egerton Castle and Captain Alfred Hutton, who were devoted to re-constructing the ancient arts of fencing with the rapier and dagger and two-handed sword, and who also taught stage fencing classes to some of London’s acting elite.
In keeping with this tradition, we will also be looking to bring masters of other arts, both historical and modern,including fencing and wrestling into the club to give lessons in order to broaden our knowledge of the martial arts.
Other than the arts of self defence, Barton-Wright’s great passion lay in the field of electro-therapy. After being cured of an unidentified ailment by some electrotherapists in Berlin, he went to considerable expense in importing an impressive battery of electro-therapeutic devices such as the Nagelschmidt Apparatus, Ultra-Violet Ray Lamps, Light Baths and Thermo Penetration Machines. These and many other gadgets were duly installed in a clinic attached to the Bartitsu Club.
In this respect we will veer away from Barton-Wrights methods of keeping fit and proceed with current accepted practices. This reason for this is so that injuries and strains from incorrect training methods are eliminated.
As the club progresses we will be looking, in the future, to hold a 'Summer Ball' and a 'Winter Ball' which will be invite only and will be Black Tie and White Tie events. We intend to have live music, drinks and a cold buffet. Should be a bit of a wheeze!