Category Archives: Baritsu

The Substance of Style: a Review of the Martial Arts Action in “Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 17th December 2011 Due warning: this review contains minor plot spoilers. A Game of Shadows is afoot all over Europe in the blockbuster sequel to Guy Ritchie’s 2009 hit movie, Sherlock Holmes. The plot is … Continue reading

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“A touch of baritsu”: when Sherlock Holmes met Batman

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 21st July 2012 The original “world’s greatest detective” employs “a touch of baritsu” to down a fleeing felon by way of introduction to the Dark Knight himself; from Detective Comics #572 (1987).

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“How I taught Holmes baritsu …”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 23rd November 2013 The following essay is a translation, by the author of the Hmm Yes Perfect blog, of a memoir by Russian fight choreographer Nikolay Vaschilin. Mr. Vaschilin staged the climactic Holmes/Moriarty battle … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Lecture for the Criterion Bar Association

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 5th November 2013 On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf (right, above) delivered an after-dinner lecture on the history and revival of Bartitsu for the Criterion Bar Association, a coeducational scion … Continue reading

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BBC’s “Sherlock” (Finally!) Offers a Shout-Out to “Baritsu” …

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 2nd January 2014 … if only as the second of thirteen possible life-saving, death-faking scenarios worked out in painstaking detail prior to Sherlock’s confrontation with Moriarty atop the St. Bart’s Hospital roof. … Continue reading

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How the Original Sherlock Holmes Survived the Reichenbach Fall

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 1st January 2014 Fans around the world are eagerly awaiting Episode 1 of the third season of Sherlock, in which the mystery of how the consulting detective faked his own death will be … Continue reading

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Cane Vs. Sword (Sherlock Holmes, 2009)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 5th May 2018 The climactic fight between Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr. and Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), in which Holmes appropriately wields a cane against Blackwood’s devilish blade: For details on this … Continue reading

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Baritsu in Denny O’Neil’s “Sherlock Holmes” Comic Book Adaptation (1975)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 9th October 2017 Famed comics writer/editor Denny O’Neil offers his take on the famous “baritsu” fight between Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty in these scenes from O’Neil’s Sherlock Holmes #1 (1975). At the end of … Continue reading

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Baritsu Demo at Sherlockon 2017 (Warsaw, Poland)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 6th July 2017

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Sherlock’s Baritsu Den: a Unique Gym in a Hanover Hotel

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on June 3rd, 2017 Guests at the Pelikanvietel in Hanover, Germany can get their sweat on Sherlock-style in the “Baritsu Den” gymnasium.

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