“It was jiu-jitsu!” (1906)

  • Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Monday, 2nd January 2012

I drew a deep breath as I mastered the contents of this momentous document. Then, just as I was about to replace it in the ingenious receptacle contrived for it, I felt a tap on my wrist, a light simultaneous pressure on my throat and knee-cap, and staggered back helpless and overpowered.

It was jiu-jitsu!

– From The Secret Treaty of Portsmouth, a short story published in Pearson’s Magazine, volume 16, issue 5 (1906).

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