I have been watching the British TV show Sherlock and it has got me intrigued about the the character. Sherlock is mostly depicted as an extremely intelligent and sharp individual whose brain functions much much faster than others. But at times he is seen getting involved in physical duels as well and he does fairly well at that too. I want to know that does Sherlock the original character, has good fighting skills too. Do we have any instances from the novels that Sherlock is good at tackling the enemy physically as well. If yes then I would like to know about the skills he is having. You know like Dr. Watson is a very good shooter but this is because he is from Army. Like that
He does indeed have skills, all of which are listed in detail on his Wiki page. These skills include:
Some evidence of his fighting skills:
With regards to his boxing (from Sign of Four):
With regards to baritsu (from The Adventure of the Empty House):
With regards to the riding crop (from the Red Headed League):
Some bare knuckle boxing is shown in Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock films. This is because Downey Jr. is a practitioner of Wing Chun kung fu, so it was decided to include a scene using this as the basis of baritsu.
In "A Study in Scarlet" Watson compiles a list of Holmes' limits and abilities.
#11 shows that he has certain abilities in this regard. This is also mentioned in other places in the stories.