“Police Jiujitsu at the Crystal Palace” (1905)

  • Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 31st January 2018

In this cartoon from the Penny Illustrated Paper of March 4, 1905, the illustrator imagines a jiujitsu contest between two constables at a police fete held at the famed Crystal Palace amusement centre.  Although the cartoon was intended as a joke, within a few years of its publication police constables actually did start performing jiujitsu demonstrations for the general public.

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