Inside Edith Garrud’s dojo (1910-11)

By March of 1910, jiujitsu instructor Edith Garrud was becoming increasingly involved with the radical women’s rights movement, teaching her “Suffragettes Self-Defence” classes at Leighton Lodge in Edwardes Square, Kensington and performing politically charged demonstrations in which she defeated men dressed in police uniforms.

You can read more on about this incredible woman who was teaching self-defense to your women more than a hundred years ago. Bartitsu, as word combines the Surname of Edward William Barton-Wright (who combine it of all fighting art tradition that it can get its hands on, as far as we can tell) and Jujitsu and was one of its major components.