Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes

Steampunk has an interesting way of encouraging people to look back to the past and find old, forgotten things that still spark their modern interest and sensibilities. Back in the Victorian times, there was a martial art known as Bartitsu that employed the use of canes and parasols as part of a larger form of self-defense. Though it was largely forgotten since the Victorian era, the interest in Steampunk has also fueled an interest in this once dormant martial art form.

If you happen to be interested in this history of this unique and decidedly Victorian martial art form, you can get a basic history of Bartitsu by checking out this documentary: Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes.

A little pricy, but it seems to be an interesting piece. All my readers with an interest in history will almost certainly enjoy this piece, and perhaps it’ll encourage a few of you to look more into Bartitsu. Hope you enjoy it!

2 comments on “Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes

  1. Matthew Goldey says:

    English quarterstaff (and certainly cane work as well) possesses a historical tradition as a martial art that ought to be considered as well since it precedes Bartitsu, though issues of historicity aren’t really to the fore when the good Mr. Holmes is involved. Let me know when you find a swamp adder that seeks the scent of milk!

  2. Larry says:

    Wow, I wish there was someplace around here that taught Bartitsu.

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