Category Archives: Fiction

Amalia True’s Parasol of Fury: Did Late Victorian-Era Women Really Use Weaponized Umbrellas?

In the alternate history of Joss Whedon’s new TV series The Nevers, a mysterious event in the skies over London during 1896 leaves a minority of the population endowed with bizarre, apparently supernatural powers. Three years later, the sociopolitical establishment … Continue reading

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“Charley Smiler Takes Up Ju-Jitsu” (1911): a Unique Filmic Glimpse Back Into British Jujitsu and Suffrajitsu History!

A number of short silent films featuring jujutsu were produced and/or screened in London during the very early 20th century. The intriguing list of titles includes: HE LEARNED JU-JITSU – SO DID THE MISSUS (1905) JIU JITSU DOWNS THE FOOTPADS, … Continue reading

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The Martial Arts of “Enola Holmes”

This article was originally published on our sister site Suffrajitsu.com on September 24, 2020. The new Netflix movie Enola Holmes stars Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown in the title role as Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister.  Based on the popular book series by Nancy … Continue reading

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Assane Diop Wields a Mean Cane in “Lupin”

Assane Diop (Omar Sy) – a disguised master thief on a righteous mission, whose playbook is inspired by the legendary gentleman-burglar Arsene Lupin – takes on multiple opponents in this scene from the action/drama series Lupin. Bartitsu aficionados will appreciate … Continue reading

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“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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