The Art of Self Defence (Illustrated London News, Nov. 30, 1901)

  • Originally published on the site on Friday, 12th August 2016

The various methods of self-defence adopted by followers of the Bartitsu system were demonstrated at their School of Arms on Nov. 23, when they were opposed by English and Continental wrestlers and boxers.

Great interest was aroused by the contest between a professional wrestler in the Cornish and Devonshire style and Uyenishi, champion light-weight wrestler of Osaka. The Japanese won each of the three throws.

A professional boxer defended himself against the school’s savate, with an indecisive result.

The Bartitsu method of wrestling was illustrated, and demonstrations were given of the use of the walking-stick as a defensive weapon.

Four members of the audience were then invited to attempt to strangle one of the two Japanese by means of a rod placed across his throat. Needless to say, their efforts were unavailing.

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