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Britain's 'Lost' Martial Art,
This review is from: The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence: The Manly Art of Bartitsu as used against Professor Moriarty (Hardcover)
While this book will be a high quality hardback curiosity for the Holmes enthusiast, received with thanks, browsed and filed upon a shelf never to be visited again, it is for martial arts historians and enthusiasts that this book is a treasure. Bartitsu, quite possibly the first western mixed martial art, was created by Mr Barton Wright after travels and studies on several continents. His presentation of the art, unique to the gentlemanly regimes and comportment demanded in the late 1890s, is a snapshot of a lifestyle on the verge of a catastrophic change that would demise it forever.
The book itself is a superb quality production as mentioned in detail in other reviews. The techniques included are drawn from Barton-Wrights original published articles and will serve as a taster for a martial art that is still relevant. The Bartitsu Society carries on Barton-Wright's legacy, and if this book inspires you to seek further, then it has done it's job well.