“Tano Matsuda”?!

  • Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Sunday, 10th February 2013

In Paris on December 31st, 1908, this very distinctly European gentleman (who was nevertheless billed as “Tano Matsuda, Japanese World’s Champion of Ju-jitsu”) represented Japanese wrestling in a mixed-styles contest against American boxing champion Sam McVea. Read about what happened next in this excellent article by John S. Nash …

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