A well-researched article on the Bartitsu revival from former sex columnist, now private investigator/freelance journalist Catherine Townsend:

Itís sundown at a small park in Burbank and Iím dressed in head-to-toe black, carrying a big stick and ready to street fight, Sherlock Holmes style.

Iím not exactly a ninjaóthe closest Iíve been to hand-to-hand combat was fighting over the last cupcake at Thanksgiving. But even so, I have signed up to learn bartitsu, the esoteric and gentlemanly Victorian art of self defense.