The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence: The Manly Art of Bartitsu as used against Professor Moriarty Hardcover – 23 Jun 2011
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About the Author
E.W. Barton-Wright (1860-1951) studied jiu jitsu and judo in Japan during the 1890s and brought the techniques he learned back to England where he set up a school-at-arms teaching in hybrid of oriental and European self-defence he called Bartitsu.
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The text and pictures / drawings appears to be an amalgamation of two articles written for Pearson's Magazine by E. W. Barton-Wright on his 'new' system, which was largely a combination of basic jujitsu holds and grappling combined with some practical stick-fighting techniques, suggestions of how to use a bicycle as a practical aid to self-defence, and interspaced with a handful of select quotations from Conan-Doyle's Holmes cannon. Books of this kind were very popular in the final decade of the 19th century and early 20th century, a good example being 'Broadsword and Single-Stick' by R. G. Allanson-Wynn & C. Phillips-Wolley, and 'The "Walking Stick" Method of Self-Defence' by Mr. H. G. Lang. It reads in a very similar way, and is quite entertaining, while certainly providing a useful additional insight into the contermporary late Victorian and Edwardian life and environment, and the kind of fighting methods Conan-Doyle had in mind for his character. Although this is perhaps the selling point and main object of the book, it should be noted that what it describes remains quite practical. Granted, relatively few able-bodied men or women carry walking sticks in the 21st century, which reduces some of the value of the sections on stick use, but they are still interesting to read, and retain a certain indirect interest and use.
The book itself is beautifully presented; the hardback covers are of good quality, with chamfered corners, and a nice maroon cloth spine. The paper and print are of equally good quality, while the presumably reproduced pictures are as clear and well defined as could be hoped for. Well worth buying.
of the book, but never imagined such a high quality of binding and typography. This was a really surprise.
This book is a true gem itself, and it worth every penny. I highly recommend to every book lover martial
Part of the technique draws on Far Eastern martial arts moves and the Baritsu method was tailored for the Victorian / Edwardian Gentleman about town (although not by Gieves and Hawkes the upmarket outfitters!) to utilise the tools a gentleman of the time had to hand, i.e. a walking stick, umbrella or bicycle!
A great piece of nostalgia but also worth a look as you may just one day have to use one of the moves in the book and the book will have proven to have been a wise investment.
Fair warning to Cads and Bounders everywhere!
If for nothing else it is simply well illustrated and a window into a past that I wish still existed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wish you'd stop with the review requests . Buy the book it's ok . How many people actually read your review anyway.Published 4 months ago by Sweetnuts
Technically very poor compared to the french cane technique from the XIXth centuryPublished 7 months ago by Wackermann Paul-Claude
A fantastic little book from a time in late Victorian Britain when a gentleman never knew when he might be attacked by fiendish gangs of footpads! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Michael Whitworth