During the pilot, Max Malini refers to several martial arts and said that mysterious sentence :
"British Bartitsu ... Kodokan Judo ... the warrior dancers of the T'ang Dynasty used their robes as weapons".
The writers did a good research because these technics exists and a site is devoted to them :
Founder of the British Bartitsu, Edward William Barton-Wright (born 1860) said :
I have always been interested in the arts of self-defence and I learned various methods including boxing, wrestling, fencing, savate and the use of the stiletto under recognised masters, and by engaging toughs I trained myself until I was satisfied in practical application.
Does this picture reminds you of something?
Find more about these fighting technics here : Website of the Bartitsu Society