Suffragetto, a game of skill between Jiu-jitsu Suffragettes and the Police that attempt to arrest them.


I Cane Do TV Episode 10

I have not posted anything for a while. I am still studying the Fairburne method of Jiu-jistu in Toronto. The instructor showed me a self-defense technique using an umbrella. However, Bartitsu is a portmanteau of Jiu-jistu, Savate, and Cane fighting. I feel that in order to properly practice Bartitsu, I have to keep up on the Cane fighting as well. For this, I may have to get involved in the American ‘Cane-Fu’ style as well.

I Cane Do

     This is the tenth episode of the I Cane Do TV show.  This was an exciting episode to film because we realized that we’d almost reached a full year of being on TV.

     We have evolved the program since we first started.  At first we were looking at providing this program for the “Elderly” and “Disabled”.  Since those early days (which covers the first 10 episodes) we have learned that the need for this program isn’t with just the “Elderly” and “Disabled” but people out there who are looking for an alternative way of staying in shape and active.

     We would appreciate any feedback you may have about our episodes.  Please like us on Facebook ( and spread the word.  We are trying to let Boomers out there know there is another alternative.

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Lost ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Film Discovered After Almost a Century

From Variety magazine, good news for Sherlock Holmes fans! A nearly 100 year old version of “Sherlock Holmes” starring American actor William Gillette has been discovered at the Cinémathèque Française recently.

Those of you who are familiar with the Victorian Martial art of Bartitsu may recognize that this martial art was nearly lost to history, if not for the passing mention of the style in the Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Adventures of the Empty House’, where Holmes remarks to Watson “I have some knowledge of Baristu.”

As far as my own studies in the Fairburn method of Jiujistu:

I was in Toronto today. We did some review on ‘Number one’, and a move called ‘This is not number four’. (That’s really what it is called). The instructor Adam Sutherland told me he would have some visual aids up on the site,

I will try to do some drawings to illustrate the different moves, such as wrist locks, arm bars and so on, that are part of the Fairburn method. I will also link some Cane fighting techniques, and perhaps some standard Bartitsu YouTube videos to illustrate the method.

Until then, if you are in the San Francisco area for the silent film festival in May, enjoy one of the original portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, who made the Deerstalker cap iconic of the character itself! The Deerstalker cap was never mentioned in the original stories.

The Fairburn method


I know I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a while. My attempt to start up a Bartitsu club hasn’t been too successful. I did manage to get a mailing list of people that said they were interested, but when I sent those people an e-mail, only a few responded. I have since put the Bartitsu club on the shelf for a while.

However, I did come across a club offering training in the Fairburn method of Jiu-Jitsu. This is the combat Jiu-jistu that was taught to British, Canadian, and American soldiers in World War II.

It’s more Dieselpunk than Steampunk, but it’s also far more effective than anything else I have encountered. This also happens to be the only place in North America where you can learn this method.

The instructor calls it ‘British Jiu-jitsu’, which throws a lot of people off because they assume that if it’s not Japanese, then it’s not authentic. The actual name that Fairburn gave to his method was ‘Combato’. When the war was over, he changed the emphasis of the method from unarmed combat to self defense in the street, and called it ‘Defendo’.

I have been studying this form of Jiu-jitsu for the past few months. We have been learning lots of disarming techniques for knives and pistols, as well as wrist locks, palm strikes, pressure points and the like. The instructor is also keen on training the class in the use of pistols. There is a firing range fairly close to the Toronto church where we train.

He also holds classes at his own home on the weekends, where they learn to throw knives and other martial skills. I should bring up the possibility of cane fighting with him as well. After all, Fairburn did cover the technique of umbrella fighting in his ‘Defendo’ method.

Next week, he plans to distribute a DVD with many of the techniques demonstrated. I may present some of those techniques here on my blog, as well as some basic methods of self defense with a cane or umbrella.

I may also republish some of the posts I receive from the Bartitsu mailing list.

Sadly, it seems as though the Bartitsu revival is slowly waning. The Battersea Bartitsu club in England has closed through a lack of interest. It may have been that the Sherlock Holmes movies have come and gone, and the Steampunk movement has hit it’s peak. However, this shouldn’t discourage one from trying.