Brian Kagen pick: “Bartitsu – the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes”

“A preview trailer for the upcoming documentary exploring the cultural history, rediscovery and modern revival of E.W. Barton-Wright’s “New Art of Self Defence”. Founded in London in 1899, Bartitsu was an early example of a mixed martial art, combining boxing, jiujitsu, savate and self defence with a walking stick. After a brief heyday, it was all but forgotten throughout the 20th century except for a single cryptic reference in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Empty House.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. Thanks for the plug. Just a note that the documentary has now been released – information and a new preview trailer are available at http://www.freelanceacademypress.com/bartitsu.aspx .

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