The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Early Jujutsu Demonstration

If you click on the title of this post, you'll be directed to a short article at the Aikido Journal, which includes a video clip from a jujutsu demonstration in Europe from just after the turn of the 20th century. I've included a bit of the text below. The video is great fun to watch.

This was the picture of Jujutsu which the Swedish physiotherapist, boxer and elite-sportsman Viking Cronholm took with him when he travelled to South-Africa in 1904. It was there that a few years later he was taught Jujutsu by an English officer. He returned to Sweden, and immediately introduced Jujutsu to his old boxing friends.

The first official Jujutsu exhibition followed by a course in self-defence, was held in January 1908. Cronholm continued his studies with various Japanese Jujutsu masters, probably those who had started the Jujutsu institute in London. His first Jujutsu demonstration in Stockholm was given immense attention, and he gained great interest and support from the most prominent sporting leaders in Sweden, amongst others the “father of modern sport”, the General and head of the Central Gymnastic institute, Viktor Balck.”


S.Smith said...

That's a classy video, Buster Keaton style. I like fighting in formal wear: it's classy.

When I get to ranking people, maybe we'll use red blazer, blue blazer, black blazer!

In any case, it's classy.

Rick said...

Maybe the patterns of their ties.