Reanimating an Old Jujitsu Text

In 1905, jujitsu pioneer Sadakazu Uyenishi and his students issued the Textbook of Ju-jutsu. It was partly illustrated with “cinematographics” produced by the Gaumont Film Company. Here it is reanimated for the first time in more than 100 years. The video was uploaded by the Bartitsu Society, a group devoted to British self-defence pioneer Edward William Barton-Wright (1860-1951). His Baritsu art was derived from forms of Japanese jujitsu and  was promoted through a series of well-publicized challenge matches, pitting Barton-Wright’s Japanese and Swiss champions against exponents of various other combat sports.

[via Brian Buirge]

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