Bataireacht is the art of stick fighting in Ireland, using a bata or shillelagh. It is a complex style including many strikes and parries, unarmed techniques and grappling. Irish stick fighters were in the past known as some of the best in the world, and the techniques taught in Antrim Bata are a testament to their talent.
Antrim Bata was handed down the Ramsey family since at least the mid 19th century. The style was practised for self-defence as well as organized battles known as faction fights. The Ramseys acquired quite a reputation as excellent stick fighters.
Following the disappearance of faction fights, bataireacht slowly went into hibernation, being only practised by a handful of individuals. Since the early 2000s, a movement to repopularize the art has been active, with Antrim Bata at the forefront.
The style is currently headed by Máistir Max Chouinard from Canada. Max learned the style in Ireland in 2007 and going back to North America actively begun to teach and spread this wonderful and effective martial art.
The days of faction fights are long past, and bataireacht today strives to promote personal growth and ability through the practice of a traditional martial art.
To learn more about the history of the practice, please read our article What is Irish Stick Fighting