Category Archives: Pop-culture

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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“The Georgia Wonder Meets the Great Japanese Wrestler”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 29th July 2011 Lulu Hurst, also known variously as the “Little Georgia Wonder” and as the “Georgia Magnet”, was a music hall sensation during the mid-late 19th century. Claiming to possess a … Continue reading

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“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” preview trailer

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 25th November 2011 More exciting action from the soon to be released Sherlock Holmes sequel, loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem, in which Holmes confronts his arch-nemesis, Professor James … 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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Ryan Drago: Gentleman Bruiser and Bartitsu Rassler

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 18th May 2012 A profile of the esteemed strongman and professional wrestler Ryan Drago, whose intensive Bartitsu training sweeps all enemies before him …

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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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“Dodger” Takes on the Ne’er-Do-Wells of Dickensian London

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 1st October 2012 Slightly pre-Bartitsu, but the alert and imaginative viewer may perceive echoes of Sherlock Holmes-style fight choreography in this excellent video trailer for Terry Pratchett’s new novel, Dodger.

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An Interview with Emelyne Godfrey

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 Emelyne Godfrey is the author of the books Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and its newly published sister volume, Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society. Q – Emy, … Continue reading

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Inspector LeBrock (Anthropomorphic Badger and Bartitsu Enthusiast)

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 12th March 2013  Detective Inspector Archibald “Archie” LeBrock (left), the protagonist of the Grandville graphic novel series, assumes the Bartitsu “rear guard” position.

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Indian Clubs in “Doctor Who”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 31st May 2013 The malicious minions of the evil Mrs. Gillyflower (Dame Diana Rigg) wield Indian clubs as weapons in this nicely-researched scene from the Doctor Who episode, The Crimson Horror. In reality, Indian clubs … Continue reading

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