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Thursday, February 12, 2009

1930s British "damsels in distress" take care of "objectionable people" -- jujistsu-style

Not sure where these originated, but they're mighty impressive:

(h/t Cory Doctorow)

Posted by Kalim Kassam on February 12, 2009 | Permalink


Oldschool indeed!

That was great. Most people think jui jitsu is a mixed martial arts discipline. I see plenty of judo moves in those clips.

A friend of mine ran a woman's self-defense course about 20 years ago. He was a kung fu black belt, so it was based more on striking than throws. He did the demonstration himself, with a girl from his advanced class. He borrowed my boxing groin protector, and wore it over his mauy thai steel cup. After the demo was over, I asked if the setup was sufficient. In a rather high voice, he said "not quite".

Posted by: dp | 2009-02-12 10:32:24 AM

Yeah. Where are the submissions and small joint holds?

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-02-12 10:47:32 AM

Matthew- I'm not sure about that. Is that strictly the Brazilian brand of ju jitsu?

I read a book about a guy named Anthony Biddle, who introduced ju jitsu to the US military. At the time, these Asian disciplines were considered off-limits to westerners. The book didn't go into great detail on styles, but I believe they involved just about every trick in the book for incapacitating an attacker.

Posted by: dp | 2009-02-12 11:17:47 AM

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