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Sherlock Holmes & Fighting

April 20, 2010

Last year’s Sherlock Holmes movie? I loved it, especially this following scene.

What I really appreciated was the extra touch of realism that this fight scene had. Notice how Holmes kept his hands open almost all the time? Before boxing gloves were introduced, bare knuckle fighting tended to involve open hands. Palm strikes (shakoken), chops (shuto) and plain, old slaps (we call ’em happaken in the Bujinkan) were used together with the conventional clenched fist. And we get to see a lot of those moves in this scene.

Met up with Alvin (eastpaw) and Greg last week, and it was fun (at least for me). I don’t remember how the conversation went this way, but we talked about boxing and I showed them some illegal boxing strikes that I practice occasionally. And, being the Sherlock Holmes fan that I am, I brought up this fight scene from the movie.

If you want to be picky, however, Holmes was supposed to have been a practitioner of Bartitsu, an eclectic martial art created by Edward William Barton-Wright, who is supposed to have trained in Shinden Fudo Ryu, one of the Ryu-ha of the Bujinkan.

So, Sherlock Holmes, part-ninja? Not that unbelievable, is it? 🙂

Junjie (Shunketsu)

From → bujinkan

  1. Definitely fun for us too.

    Still trying to get my thoughts together for a post. 🙂

  2. Carlos permalink

    Actually he has been training in Wing Chun for the past 5-6 years….the actor that is.

    • Yup, I know. And I could see some of that in moments in the clip, stuff that looked like the wing chun trapping and all that.

      But I felt that this scene was a sincere attempt to display elements of Irish Bare-Knuckle boxing.That would be a realistic touch given the setting of the movie, though almost certain to be missed by 99.9999% of those who watch the scene. Martial artists included. 🙂

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