“Japanese Ways of Chivalry” (Illustrated London News, May 1919)

  • Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 8th October 2014
Japanese Ways of Chivalry

This Illustrated London News article describes some of the unusual Japanese martial arts displayed at the Aeolian Hall on May 31, 1919. As well as jujitsu, the visiting kendo master Sonobe Masatada demonstrated aspects of kendo as well as combat with the kusarigama (chain and sickle), nito (pair of swords) and nabebuta (saucepan lids). Madame Hino Yoshiko also took part in the display, demonstrating naginatajutsu (fencing with the halberd).

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