Tomoe Nage in Lancashire Catch?
In the 1906 edition of Longhurst's Jiu Jitsu and Other Methods of Self Defense, he states:
Now, I've seen Tomoe in Petter's wrestling, but not in any of the Lancashire Catch texts I've seen (admittedly, not that many).
The three illustrations, Figs. 33 to 35,[ed:
Tomoe Nage - named "Somersault Throw"] give a
capital rendering of the different stages of one of
the cleverest and most effective throws included in
the music-hall exhibitions of Jiu-Jitsu that have
been given in this country by native exponents.
It will doubtless be objected—and the apparent
truth of the objection must be admitted—that the
throw appears altogether too clever and theatrical to
be of any practical value in an actual encounter; but
the objection, I feel quite sure, would not be sustained
were the objector to pit himself against an
opponent expert at the throw. It certainly gives
one the impression of being nothing better than a
showy, exhibition trick. I thought it so myself
until, in a friendly encounter with a native professor,
I was one day taken unawares, and bowled
over in the manner shown. That the actual throw
is not so impossible as it appears, receives additional
support from the fact—related to me by a
very clever Lancashire catch-as-catch-can wrestler,
who had had close and practical experience of the
trick throws which enter into the répertoire of the
most scientific wrestlers of his county, and of which,
by the way, the cleverest wrestlers of elsewhere are
ignorant—that a very similar throw was used with
great effect by Lancashire wrestlers of many decades
back. Why this particular trick throw should have
become almost unknown to modern wrestlers I cannot
say; perhaps because it is a trick capable of
accomplishment by the very few, and requiring an
enormous amount of practice.
Have any of you seen any historic evidence (pics, descriptions, etc.) for Tomoe in Lancashire Catch?
Peace favor your sword,