Category Archives: Baritsu

“Baritsu” to feature in new Sherlock Holmes movie

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008 Robert Downey, Jr., who is to star in an upcoming Sherlock Holmes feature film being directed by Guy Ritchie, was quoted in Premiere Magazine as saying: “We’re both martial … Continue reading

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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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“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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“Baritzu” in Australia (1906)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 10th September 2011 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous rendering of Bartitsu as “baritsu” is now understood to have been due to a simple mistake. It’s most likely that Doyle, searching for an … Continue reading

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“Be careful with the face, boys …” – Preview of a Fight Scene from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 4th December 2011 A new sneak preview (minor spoilers) of a baritsu fight from the feature film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opening on December 16th:

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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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