Training in DDLR is quite hard to come by and we are not aware of any schools in the UK specialising in this particular system. If you are interested in studying it then the best option would be to consult one or more of the many texts on DDLR that have been recently republished as well as modern secondary sources and articles. This study should be combined with tution from instructors familiar with classical pugilism, boxing, savate, Ju-jitsu or similar arts, in order to provide the skills necessary to understand the texts.
Unarmed training at the Linacre School of Defence currently includes classical pugilism, but some investigation into Edwardian-era self-defence techniques is being undertaken. Some techniques and exercises derived from Renaud's and André's texts are covered at irregular monthly sessions and also incorporated into some of the regular pugilistic sessions. However, instruction in the full syllabus of these Authors is not available.
If you are interested, please get in touch.
Mr. Crawley, of the Black Boar Swordsmanship School, is well known for his keen interest in French martial arts of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is a prolific translator of French martial arts texts, and we are pleased to be able to host his translations here. We would also like to thank JeanLoup Rebours-Smith and Enrico Sanchez for assistance with these translations.
At present we have the following: