Category Archives: Sherlock Holmes

“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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Bartitsu in the “Sherlock Holmes Handbook”

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 30th October 2009 The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: the Methods and Mysteries of the World’s Greatest Detective is a new book in the “cleverly themed how-to” genre. Taking its inspiration from the adventures of … Continue reading

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“First Point of Attack”: The Action of Sherlock Holmes

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 11th December 2009 A sneak preview of the action in the eagerly-awaited Sherlock Holmes movie, courtesy of Slashfilm.com: “It does make considerable difference to me having someone with me on whom I can … Continue reading

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“It’s Brilliant, Perfect … Let’s Change It!”: an Interview with “Sherlock Holmes” Fight Choreographer Richard Ryan

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Friday, 25th December 2009 Bartitsu.org is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Richard Ryan, fight choreographer for the new Sherlock Holmes movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. Previous screen incarnations of Sir Arthur Conan … Continue reading

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“Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes” Preview Trailer

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Thursday, 31st December 2009 A special preview of our upcoming feature-length 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 … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes movie update

Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Saturday, 18th October 2008 Since our early September update, the Bartitsu Society has been in contact with the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie production and has donated copies of both volumes of the Bartitsu Compendium to … Continue reading

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