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Irish Stick Fighting Workshop
February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bataireacht (Irish Stick Fighting) origins are hard to trace but might very well be as old as Ireland. We hear of blackthorn clubs in the heroic tales, but it’s in the 18th century that the practice really gets the attention of chroniclers through the practice of faction fights. Contrary to popular myths, bataireacht was not a crude art. Irish stick fighters were celebrated as some of the best in the world, and schools were teaching the art all around the Isle. The practice, unfortunately, lost popularity along with faction fights and nearly faced extinction. Only two traditional styles are known to us today. Antrim Bata is one of them.
Kept by the Ramsey family of Antrim, this style is a truly no-nonsense approach to stick fighting using the concepts that made Irish fighters so formidable. Forged in the crucible of the factions, it uses a walking stick length shillelagh in a variety of grips and adapts easily to a multitude of situations, be it close quarters, against armed or unarmed assailants or even multiple opponents.
This traditional style is still very much relevant to today’s world, both as a form of self-defense and self-development.
The class will cover the basics of Irish stick including the footwork, attacks and parries, and if we have time maybe a little bit of freeplay and faction fight.