lecture by Dr Emelyne Godfrey, which took place on 19 May 2016 at Asia House, explored the blossoming of martial arts in Great Britain at the turn of the 20th century. Dr Godfrey investigated the Victorian obsession for self-defence, the appeal of the ‘exotic East’, and gender as a social and cultural construct. Here is a selection of coverage which the lecture received.
Martial arts Blogger Kai Morgan who attended the talk offered an interesting overview.
‘The talk gave a fascinating glimpse into how British women started to engage in the martial arts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Emelyne handed round examples of the weapons these women used; and vividly conveyed the powerful, disorientating impact of “ladies” suddenly using violence in this way.’
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A detailed report on Dr. Emelyne Godfrey’s lecture for the Bagri Foundation
25 May 2016, Paul Wake
Bartitsu Forum member Paul wrote a fascinating and detailed report of the lecture on the Bartitsu Society’s blog.
‘Dr Godfrey’s lecture ‘The Rise of the Jujitsu Suffragettes’ was an illuminating and entertaining account that took a packed audience on a fascinating journey from India in the early 1800s to the violent struggles of the Suffragettes in the early 1900s.’
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28 April 2016, Tony Wolf
Author of the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy advertised the event on his blog through, Suffrajitsu.com, an online portal into the world of the suffragette Amazons.
‘Book your place for this fascinating lecture on the real secret society of suffragette bodyguards who inspired the Suffrajitsu trilogy!’
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