“Ju-ji-tsu” at Aldershot (April, 1905)

  • Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Tuesday, 13th May 2014

This illustration by artist L. Daviel represents a jujitsu exhibition by former Bartitsu Club instructor Sadakazu Uyenishi at the Public Schools Gymnasium, Aldershot.

It’s difficult to parse exactly which technique the artist was trying to illustrate here, unless Uyenishi was turning a back somersault in response to his “lady pupil” shoving him back with her leg.

An alternative caption for the same drawing refers to Uyenishi as coming from “Seiboukan, Japan”, which was presumably a misspelling of Senboku District, Osaka, in that Uyenishi was a native of Osaka.

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