Category Archives: Fiction

“Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” fight scenes

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 29th January 2009 As an experienced stick fighter, boxer and expert in “baritsu”, Sherlock Holmes came close to E.W. Barton-Wright’s ideal of Bartitsu.  Here’s a selection of fight sequences from the classic … Continue reading

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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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Theatrical “Baritsu” from Russia

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 27th April 2011 A fun display of theatrical “baritsu” from Sergey Mishenev, the “Russian Jackie Chan”. Sergey is also a keen promoter of Bartitsu as a martial art, having written articles, hosted seminars and performed … Continue reading

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The Umbrella: a Misunderstood Weapon

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 17th May 2009 This humourous article, written and illustrated by J.F. Sullivan, originally appeared in “The Ludgate Monthly” of 1897,  just a few years before E.W. Barton-Wright introduced Bartitsu to London. No … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of the Embok Kwai (1900-1902)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 4th March 2017 “… he was initiated into the Order of the Embok Kwai, the sole purpose of which is to teach, perpetuate and protect the secrets of jiu-jitsu.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1st … 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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Suffrajitsu Issue #2: Inside the Bartitsu Club

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 On a rainy London evening, Persephone Wright spars with her Uncle Edward in the Bartitsu Club … but later: Shocking events propel the Amazons into a daring rescue mission … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes movie update

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 18th October 2008 Since our early September update, the Bartitsu Society has been in contact with the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie production and has donated copies of both volumes of the Bartitsu Compendium to … Continue reading

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“I am a Woman, but no Weakling” – Judith Lee, Lady Detective

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 29th November 2011 He stopped – there was silence. The bell rang again. I was just about to suggest again that he should go and see who was at the outer door … Continue reading

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