12/30/2009 8:58pm, #1
"Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes" preview trailer
YouTube- Documentary preview trailer: "Bartitsu - the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes"
A new preview trailer for the upcoming full-length documentary on Bartitsu.
12/30/2009 9:14pm, #2
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So when will the full documentary be out and wear can we see it than?Originally Posted by Jiujitsu77Originally Posted by HumanzeeOriginally Posted by jk55299 on Keysi Fighting Method
12/30/2009 9:22pm, #3
Aiming for an international release on DVD and rent-on-demand/buy-on-demand streaming download, sometime around the beginning of February.
1/03/2010 6:23pm, #4
Let me get this straight. Bartitsu only exists as a "Martial Arts style" for a few years under a single guy and he closed his school after only a few years over a 100 years ago. Now because it was mentioned in Sherlock Holmes some guys are "recreating it", without any link to the original style?
1/03/2010 8:23pm, #5
*Rolls sleeves up*
However, I know that will require some explanation, so here goes; Barton-Wright's original Bartitsu Club only lasted a few years. Thus, Bartitsu was left as a work in progress; a self-defense oriented cross-training system between "British jujitsu", scientific boxing (fisticuffs), low kicking and the Vigny system of stick fighting, with a competitive dimension. Think of it as a martial arts experiment, rather than as a completed, codified martial art in itself.
Barton-Wright recorded some aspects of Bartitsu in great detail; about forty ko-ryu jujitsu kata and stick fighting sequences, plus articles, lectures etc. Supplemented by a couple of other sources, that curriculum forms the basis of the "canonical Bartitsu" practiced today. It's roughly equivalent to the ko-ryu kata in trad. JMA.
"Neo-Bartitsu" refers to the modern project of reviving and continuing Barton-Wright's experiment, using the canonical material as a basis, but supplemented by a much wider range of secondary sources, all gathered from the period 1898-1923. Think of it as "Edwardian Jeet Kune Do".
As to why? Basically the same reason people re-create Renaissance-era longsword fencing, or play "old time" baseball instead of the modern sport. Bartitsu tends to appeal to people who combine the unusual interests of Victorian/Edwardian history with MMA/JKD type "eclectic" martial arts. It's fun, good exercise, and can be turned towards sport or self defense if that's what you want to do with it.
The Sherlock Holmes connection is that, if not for the mention in one of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, Bartitsu might have been completely forgotten during the 20th century.
1/03/2010 8:43pm, #6
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1/03/2010 8:47pm, #7
1/03/2010 8:48pm, #8
What is Barton-Wright's relation to Ko-ryu Jujutsu?
1/03/2010 8:55pm, #9
1/03/2010 9:06pm, #10
The actual jiujitsu content of Bartitsu, as in what was being taught at the Club, seems to have been a combination of Shinden Fudo Ryu, judo and whatever else the four Japanese instructors brought to the table. We know virtually nothing about K. Tani and S. Yamamoto. Uyenishi was apparently trained at the Handa dojo in Osaka, and he claimed that Tani studied there as well; it seems to have had connections to both Kodokan judo and the Fusen Ryu.
The concept of strict adherence to a particular ryu never really penetrated the English self defense "scene"; it was all just jiujitsu to them.