- Boys’ basketball holiday tournament tips off tonight
- Ribbon-cutting for Children’s Holiday Shoppe Nov. 26; shop is open Nov. 29-Dec. 21
- Rockford Rescue Mission invites community to Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 26
- Rockton’s new business district welcomes family owned Dr. Detail U.S. Cellular
- 2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition winners named
- Open house for new library executive director tonight
- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
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- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
Learn basics of Bartitsu in Leaf River Jan. 21
LEAF RIVER, Ill. — People who have seen the current Sherlock Holmes movie A Game of Shadows should surely know that a “New Art of Self Defence called Bartitsu” was introduced to England in 1898 by Edward William Barton-Wright to defeat the fearsome street gangs of Edwardian London.
Bartitsu combined good, old British pugilism with Japanese jiujitsu, the French kicking-style savate and defense techniques using a gentleman’s walking stick, developed by a Swiss named Vigny.
Allen Reed (Leaf River), “Professor of Antagonistics” at Gallowglass Academy, Inc., will offer a day-long, hands-on introduction to Bartitsu Jan. 21 (with a snow date of Feb. 11).
The class is open to men and women, and no martial-arts experience is necessary. Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes, and should bring a sturdy walking stick, cane or 3/4-inch to 1-inch diameter dowel rod about 36 inches long. If available, bring a fencing mask or closed-face martial arts headgear and heavily padded gloves (hockey style) or equivalent.
Gallowglass Academy requires groin protection for men.
“Professor” Reed will call the class to order at 10 a.m. at River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main St., Leaf River, Ill.
“Professor” Reed cannot guarantee, of course, that he can teach students to dispatch four thuggish assailants in the time a man can catch an apple tossed into the air. “Those are techniques for a more advanced seminar, ” he said.
For more information, call (815) 973-1064 or log on to www.GallowglassAcademy.org.
From the Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 3, 2012, issue