Want to learn to fight like Sherlock Holmes? Then you need to learn bartitsu, the gentlemanly art of self-defense. Arguably the world’s first mixed martial-art, Bartitsu was created by William Barton-Wright at the turn of the century as a way for gentleman to defend themselves on the rough and tumble streets of London. Barton taught his students not only how to use their hands and feet to fend off an attacker, but how to us their umbrellas, walking sticks, hats, and jackets in their defense as well. The art was then lost in time but is now experiencing a revival in interest. Tony Wolf has written several volumes on the subject and recently came out with a DVD: Bartisu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes.
This summer, Mark Donnelly, expert in historical combat, is teaching some seminars for those who want hands-on training in bartitsu.