The  Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence

The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence by E. W. Barton-Wright

The Manly Art of Bartitsu as used against Professor Moriarty

Format: Hardback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781907332739
Publisher: Ivy Press
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When Sherlock Holmes wrestled with Dr Moriarty on the Reichenbach Falls, he was employing a system of self-defence that was all the rage in Victorian Britain. In an age when footpads and fogle-snatchers meant a man of breeding took his life in his hands when walking across town, a martial arts craze took hold that did not escape Conan-Doyle's keen eye for research. Schools sprung up all over London, chief among which was E.W. Barton-Wright's "Bartitsu" method. The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence commemorates Barton-Wright's exploits and the fighting techniques of the famous sleuth himself (though Conan-Doyle mischiveously spelled it Baristu). Learn how to defend yourself with an overcoat, cane, or umbrella, or even to wield your bicycle against an attacker. Wonderful illustrations based on original photographs instruct the reader in skills that range from the sublime to the elementary.
E.W Barton-Wright (1860 -1951) studied jiu-jitsu and judo in Japan during the 1890's and went on to set up a school in England teaching a hybrid form of oriental and European self-defence he called Bartitsu.
Format: Hardback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781907332739
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout
Size: 4.331 in x 6.969 in / 110 mm x 177 mm
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