Category Archives: Pop-culture

First fight-related pic. from new movie?

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 23rd January 2009 This image from the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie shows a bloodied Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.)  standing in what may be a dog-fighting arena.  Bare-knuckle boxing, perhaps?

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Bartitsu fight scene in “Sherlock Holmes” (2009)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 6th May 2009 According to USA Today: “It’s a kind of Japanese street fighting,” explains director Guy Ritchie.  “It uses walking sticks, bowler hats, choke holds to put people to sleep – … Continue reading

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Not Your Grandfather’s Sherlock Holmes …

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 19th May 2009 The first official trailer for the upcoming Holmes movie, evidently calculated to outrage purists and attract the attention of a younger audience. Holmes’ “baritsu” is not identical to E.W. … Continue reading

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Bartitsu: Steampunk Martial Art!

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 8th September 2009 A new article by John Reppion, “Baritsu, Bartitsu and the Jujutsuffragettes” is featured in the 6th issue of Steampunk Magazine. Mr. Reppion’s article is an entertaining and informative look at … Continue reading

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“Bartitsu: the Martial Art for the Steampunk Set”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 1st December 2009 Freelance journalist and martial artist Nick Mamatas has produced a tongue-in-cheek article on Bartitsu for issue #39 of Clarkesworld Magazine. As well as historical research, Mamatas attended a Bartitsu class hosted by the Botta Secreta … Continue reading

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“First Point of Attack”: The Action of Sherlock Holmes

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 11th December 2009 A sneak preview of the action in the eagerly-awaited Sherlock Holmes movie, courtesy of Slashfilm.com: “It does make considerable difference to me having someone with me on whom I can … Continue reading

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“It’s Brilliant, Perfect … Let’s Change It!”: an Interview with “Sherlock Holmes” Fight Choreographer Richard Ryan

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 25th December 2009 Bartitsu.org is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Richard Ryan, fight choreographer for the new Sherlock Holmes movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. Previous screen incarnations of Sir Arthur Conan … Continue reading

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Terence Hill Wields a Mean Cane

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 13th May 2018 Readers of a certain vintage may fondly recall the Terence Hill/Bud Spencer buddy comedies of the 1970s, which were best known for their paper-thin plots and gleefully inventive fight … Continue reading

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“The Georgia Wonder Meets the Great Japanese Wrestler”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 29th July 2011 Lulu Hurst, also known variously as the “Little Georgia Wonder” and as the “Georgia Magnet”, was a music hall sensation during the mid-late 19th century. Claiming to possess a … Continue reading

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“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” preview trailer

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 25th November 2011 More exciting action from the soon to be released Sherlock Holmes sequel, loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem, in which Holmes confronts his arch-nemesis, Professor James … Continue reading

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