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Self-Defense for Gentlemen

May 24, 2013 | Karin

Today, the front page of the Wall Street Journal includes an article on Bartitsu, which is described as “an obscure Victorian system of gentlemanly self-defense practiced by Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective.”

What are the weapons of choice? Walking sticks, top hats, snuffboxes, handkerchiefs or “any item a gentleman would have at his disposal.” There are Bartitsu courses, including one for women, “Kicking Ass in a Corset: Bartitsu for Ladies.” Apparently, the New York Bartitsu Club has over 200 members.

In light of our Gentlemen’s Showcase, I was intrigued. Read more here.

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