Thread: Music Hall Wrestling - Inquiry
6/10/2009 9:51am, #11
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6/10/2009 11:23am, #12
Uyenishi was also brought to London by E.W. Barton-Wright and, like Tani, he did double-duty as a Bartitsu Club instructor and music hall challenge wrestler.
Incidentally, Barton-Wright had initially brought in two other jujitsuka (known to posterity only as K. Tani, who was Yukio Tani's older brother, and S. Yamamoto) but they returned to Japan after a couple of months, apparently because they hadn't realized that they would be asked to wrestle in music halls (and didn't like the idea). There was all kinds of newspaper speculation about that at the time.
Yukio Tani evidently had no problem with wrestling in the halls, so he stayed on in London, and Uyenishi arrived shortly thereafter.
Taro Miyake, who defeated Tani, later teamed up with him in opening the Japanese School of Jiujitsu, as Sadakazu Uyenishi teamed with Akitaro Ohno at the Golden Square dojo. There seems to have been some rivalry between Uyenishi and Tani.
Almost all of James Shortt's research in this connection has been independently confirmed, but there are certain details that he can't/won't substantiate.
Baron von DD, if you're seriously interested in this stuff I'd strongly suggest making contact with Graham Noble and also with the Bartitsu Society.
6/10/2009 12:33pm, #13
This is how I first came to hear of Bartitsu in fact. I was looking for something to write about and it piqued my interest, only to discover a wealth of work had already been undertaken by the Bartitsu society. This is great, of course, although it defeated my intentions as I always like to do that kind of research myself, otherwise it's cheating.
Expect plenty of questions to be coming this way!
EDIT (for WarWheel): CFC, CFC, celery, celery
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6/10/2009 1:07pm, #14