Spirit Combat

Spirit Combat is a British martial art founded by Brian Dosset in 1958. Borrowing from many martial arts (predominantly aikido, jujutsu and boxing), it is taught with a different flavour at each club to young and old alike. Spirit Combat is now practised internationally, with clubs in India, Malta, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand and many other countries. Spirit Combat Jujitsu is a modern...

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Lancashire Wrestling

Lancashire wrestling is an historic wrestling style from Lancashire in England. Many consider it the foundation of catch wrestling, professional and amateur wrestling. The style included groundwork and had the reputation of being an extremely fierce and violent sport. Lancashire Wrestling is an extremely violent form of wrestling in which only the deliberate breaking of bones is prohibited,...

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Jieishudan

Jieishudan Photo courtesy by Photos8.org Jieishudan (Japanese: “measures to defend oneself”) is a system of self defence, based in the United Kingdom. Jieishudan can be classified as a hybrid martial art as it incorporates elements of grappling, ground fighting, boxing, etc. Jieishudan is a UK-based hybrid martial art employing boxing, grappling, and ground-fighting techniques....

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Defendu

Defendu is a modern martial art developed by William E. Fairbairn. It is a hand-to-hand combat system based on jujutsu that was developed to train the Shanghai Municipal Police, and was later taught in expanded form to OSS and SOE members during World War II. Based on his training at Kodokan in Tokyo, and actual fights he was involved in during his police work, Fairbairn began to develop his...

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Cornish Wrestling

Cornish Wrestling was at one point extremely famous across Europe for being one of the primary examples of Western Martial Arts. Unlike its more violent neighbour Devonshire wrestling, Cornish wrestling is based on skill and balance and in many ways in its conception is not disimilar to Judo. The objective of Cornish Wrestling is to throw your opponent and make him land as flat as possible on his...

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London Prize Ring Rules

The London Prize Ring rules was a list of 29 rules drafted by Britain’s Jack Broughton in 1743, governing the conduct of prizefighting/bare-knuckle boxing for over 100 years. The original rules were revised and expanded in detail in 1838 and 1853 to make them more gentlemanly. They were later superseded by the Marquess of Queensberry rules, the origins of the modern sport of...

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Bartitsu

Bartitsu is an eclectic martial art and self defence method originally developed in England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. History: In 1898, Edward William Barton-Wright, a British engineer who had been building railways in Japan, returned to England and announced the formation of a “New Art of Self Defence”. This art, he claimed, combined the best elements of a ...

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