I love this man. I could pick his brain for four days straight and still have more to ask him.
Sherlock Holmes and Bartitsu
At Steampunk World’s Fair last weekend, I attended a talk given by Professor Mark Donnelly, the distinguished fellow depicted above. It was the only panel of his that I was physically able to attend; since the guy is kind of a big deal, all of his workshops/classes filled fast.
Good timing for me— I recently (and finally) watched Sherlock’s “The Reichenbach Fall”, based on The Final Problem, in which Sherlock Holmes is supposedly killed. When resurrected in The Empty House, he explains that ‘baritsu’ is the reason he survives.
Without delving deeper into the subject matter (though you can read about it here and here, and there’s a wiki page on it), I want the tumblrverse to know that, as a Sherlock Holmes fan, and a huge martial arts nerd, this interesting, well-researched talk was completely bombdiggityfresh.
The Prof will be in NYC in July, so, if you want to learn how to fight with things like fans and walking sticks, check it out.