“Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes”

Announcing the long-awaited DVD release of the first feature documentary on Bartitsu, the “gentlemanly art of self defence”!

At the end of the Victorian era, E.W. Barton-Wright founded Bartitsu as a pioneering “mixed martial art” combining jiujitsu, kickboxing and self defence with a walking stick. It was also the means by which Sherlock Holmes was said to have defeated his arch-nemesis, the evil Professor Moriarty, in their famous battle at Reichenbach Waterfall.

This groundbreaking documentary was shot on location in Italy, Switzerland, England and the USA. Through numerous interviews, animations, re-enactment sequences, rare archival film footage and historical images, it explores the history, rediscovery and modern revival of Bartitsu.

Please visit the Freelance Academy Press website to view a new preview trailer and photo gallery, read an article about Bartitsu and the documentary production, and to place your DVD order!

7 thoughts on ““Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes””

  1. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project! It is truly a top-notch production and I can’t wait to see it. The artwork is gorgeous; I love the image and all the background words “some knowledge, however, of baritsu…” in particular – the very phrase that had everyone pondering for so many years! I’d love a full-size poster of it to hang on the wall; it’s so beautiful. But the real attraction is what’s inside; simply cannot wait to see it! Thanks to everyone who worked hard to get this out there.

  2. After watching the DVD, it exceeded all my expectations. It’s top-class entertainment for anyone interested in the history of martial arts in the West, in Sherlock Holmes, Victoriania, and other related topics. There’s quite a bit of overlap that makes ths DVD appeal to a wide array of audiences. I have written an illustrated review with much background information on Bartitsu here: http://www.nycsteampunk.com/bartitsu/documentary.html

  3. The arrangement with the publishers is that it the documentary may become available via streaming download when they have sold their stock of DVD copies.

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