- Coined by EW Barton-Wright in 1899, from ‘Bart(on-Wright)’ + jujitsu. (Wiktionary)
“Bartitsu is a little known but ingenious self defense skill which I cover in my current book, Absinthe and Flamethrowers.”
“The seminar’s presenters are creating a documentary on this subject, called Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes.”
“Upon his return to London from Japan in 1899, Barton-Wright set up a martial arts school to teach Bartitsu to Englishmen.”
“Bartitsu was invented by a British engineer named Edward Barton-Wright, who combined the martial arts skills he learned while building railways in Japan with the stick-and-sword fighting skills he mastered in Europe.”
“As the above quote suggests, the detective mastered a now little known but very effective fusion of British boxing techniques and Japanese martial arts called Bartitsu,.”
“I have some knowledge, however, of Bartitsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me.”
“(FYI: There's a well done compilation of 1890s vintage Bartitsu instructions available on Amazon.)”
“The fame of bartitsu and the Bartitsu Club grew quickly, and gentlemen as far abroad as India rapidly acquired the skills Barton-Wright wrote of in his books, interviews, and articles.”
“Today, the Bartitsu Society, founded in 2002, revives this long-forgotten sport, and combines historical martial arts with modern martial arts, making a complete and attractive bridge between us and our Victorian forebears!”
“The school, named The Bartitsu Academy of Arms and Physical Culture, but known informally as the Bartitsu Club, was located at #67b Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho.”
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