Bartitsu: The Steampunk Martial Art
In the world of steampunk there are many different types of machines. There are steam-powered vehicles like cars, trucks, trains and airplanes. Then there are mechanical devices such as robots and clockwork creatures. One type of machine which does not fit into any category is the one called “machine”.
A machine is anything that moves with or without human intervention. Machines have been around since ancient times but they were mostly used for industrial purposes. Mechanical devices became popular during the 19th century. They could be used for various tasks from building factories to working as servants in homes.
The most famous example of a machine is the automobile, invented by Henry Ford (1863–1947). Automobiles are still very common today and their use has spread all over the world. Cars are usually made out of steel, aluminum, rubber and other materials. However, automobiles are not the only type of machines that exist in the world of steampunk.
Other types include airships and flying machines. These kinds of machines are much smaller than cars and can fly through the sky or float in water. Airships are powered by gas engines or electricity and can travel great distances at high speeds. The first airship was invented by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. This type of machine was used heavily during World War I and II, but their use declined after the wars and they are no longer popular.
The Flying machines were also invented in the 1800s and were used heavily during world war I and II. The first flying machine, called a hang glider was built by the ancient Egyptians in 2000 BC. The first airplane was invented by the Wright Brothers in 1903. It was steam powered and had three wings.
Over 100 years later, there are many different types of flying machines in the world today. Some of these include: helicopters, airplanes, blimps, zeppelins and planes that can transform from one type to another. While all these machines are fascinating to watch and use, the most popular one is still the car.
Steampunk inventions are usually made from metal with a Victorian twist. The average cogs, gears, chains and other mechanical devices can all be found inside steam-powered machines. Even the smallest objects have incredible detail. One type of machine in particular is called an “automaton”.
An automaton is a self-operating machine, often in the form of a human or animal. These are usually used as decorations but can also be used as entertainers. One famous automaton is the dancing girl, which was invented by the ancient Greeks in 300 BC. Another type of automaton is the robot, which means “worker” in the ancient language of Esperanto.
The most popular form of steampunk transportation is an airship. Airships do not require you to drive them and can be used to fly from one country to another or even from one continent to another. They are similar to blimps except the passengers and crew are inside a metal hull that contains rooms and a lounge. Airships are powered by either hot air or gas and can travel at very high speeds.
Another popular form of transportation is using trains. Trains are common in all countries that have modernized, however, they are usually powered by electricity and travel on metal tracks. These types of trains are common in steampunk worlds but they do not play as big of a role. The most popular trains are steam powered and travel across the countryside in great steaming vehicles.
Steampunk can be strictly set in the Victorian era but this is not necessarily true. Many stories can take place in different time periods or even in different worlds that have been altered to include steam power. An example of this would be a story that is mostly medieval but has the addition of gunpowder and other steam-based technology. It is also possible to have a story that is strictly science fiction or fantasy but includes the addition of steam-powered machines.
Steampunk has had a large impact on modern media. Many movies, novels, graphic novels and video games now have a steampunk element to them. Some examples of this are the popular Final Fantasy series, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Van Helsing and Strange Case of Mr.Jack.
Many people enjoy steampunk for its freedom of creation and imagination. Because the genre is still fairly new, many artists are experimenting with what can or cannot be done within this style of writing. What one person considers to be impossible, another may consider to be perfectly reasonable. Meanwhile, there will always be those who do not consider themselves as “steampunks” but who are still inspired by and incorporate steampunk elements into their work.
By Catie, Oliver and Sierra
The Victorian Era
The Victorian era was the reign of Queen Victoria from June 20, 1837 to January 22, 1901. It was a time when history was just being discovered and was a period of enlightenment where many changes were happening all at once. The discovery of steam power led to the creation of many inventions that made life easier for people in the Industrial Revolution, such as railroads and steam ships.
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