“Women and Self-Protection” (1922)

  • Originally published on the Bartitsu.org site on Wednesday, 6th December 2017

This article from the Pall Mall Gazette of March 17, 1922 offers self-defence advice according to the system of Professor Padian, who is described as “the Master at Arms of Mackenzie’s Dancing Academy”.  Archive searches have revealed no further trace of the Professor, nor of his “system of protective movements”, which clearly owed a good deal to jiujitsu atemi-waza.

It may be noteworthy that the then-recently formed British Ju-Jitsu Society published an undated pamphlet on the subject of “Nerve Pinches and Blows”.

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