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Defend Yourself Like a Sir: Bartitsu, an Adaptable Martial Art for the Modern Gentleman

Think of bartitsu, the martial art used by Sherlock Holmes, and the first word that may pop into your mind is “discombobulate.” It’s not too far from the truth, actually—and the recent Robert Downey Jr. movies actually did consult bartitsu expert (and duelist, swashbuckler and constant gentleman) Professor Mark P. Donnelly, But there was no …

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How Japan Does Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Japan aren’t complete strangers. There are numerous references to Japanese culture throughout the Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels. These include mentions of the eighth century Emperor Shomu in “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client” and Baritsu, an eclectic martial art based on the real-life bartitsuinspired in part …

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Excuse me, good sir, whilst I stab you: Seattle Victorian fitness fanatics have ‘silly, good fun’

Seattle devotees study what is known as Bartitsu, gathering twice weekly to practice it and other forms of Victorian “antagonistics.” BACK IN 2010, when Seattle writer/playwright/director John Longenbaugh was researching for his play-in-progress, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol,” he came across a curious passage in “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of …

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