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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—The Sherlock Holmes School Of Self-Defence - The Manly Art

  • 9781907332739
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