Sat, Nov 14


Bataireacht, the art of Irish Stick Fighting

IRL Festival is proud to bring you an online class of Bataireacht with Steve Higgins. This class will demonstrate techniques and a brief discussion about the stick as a part of Irish history and culture.

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Bataireacht, the art of Irish Stick Fighting

Time & Location

Nov 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About the event

This class is free and can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Please make sure you have an umbrella or walking stick handy!  To get the zoom link for the class please email -

Steve Higgins established his Tai Chi club in Kitchener in 1990. Based upon his martial arts career, his approach to these traditions always included a concern for personal self defense.

In 2011 several of his students approached him with a request that he teach them how to defend themselves with their walking sticks.  Steve therefore arranged for Master Glen Doyle to visit Kitchener in 2012 and teach elements of the Doyle family's Bataireacht system. This has now been combined by Steve with the Irish boxing method passed down to him by his father.  The result is an effective method of self defense which is also a harmonious means of exercise.

Last year (2019) Steve provided IRL with a video demonstrating shillelagh exercises for general health.  This year Steve will expand on this by briefly discussing the stick as a part of Irish history and culture.  He will then introduce several practical self defense methods.

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