1/11/2010 3:26pm, #1
1907 London Police Arresting techniques
Was bored and searching around when I found this:
The grainy black-and-white images look as if they belong in a Keystone Kops silent comedy.
But their intention was deadly serious.
These pictures feature real police officers demonstrating the art of self defence
If a LEO tried something of that nature these days, I'd be willing to bet lawsuits would ensue.
1/11/2010 5:18pm, #2
- Join Date
- Nov 2006
- ukemi & tapping out
And here I thought police work back then mostly consisted of clubbing ruffians over the head then throwing them in the paddy wagon.
1/11/2010 5:46pm, #3
- Join Date
- Dec 2005
- W. Yorks, UK
Ah, the Daily Mail.
"Although they provide a remarkable contrast with the kid-glove treatment handed out to today's criminals"
Can't say I didn't see that one coming...
My favourite so far is "HAVE THE P.C. BRIGADE INFECTED THE MEMORY OF DIANA WITH AIDS?".
1/12/2010 9:54am, #4
The Bartitsu Society recently tracked down one of the police defense manuals written by Sergeant Wheeldon in 1905; it's a decent blend of jujitsu, wrestling and generic restraint tricks.
Wheeldon himself was a pretty interesting character. He was one of the main players in a big "boxing/wrestling vs. jujitsu" controversy that played out in the pages of "Health and Strength" magazine around this time. It was a more gentlemanly version of a typical Style vs. Style argument; the same points were brought up ("sport vs. street", etc.) a hundred years ago.Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.
Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)
1/12/2010 10:08am, #5
Anyway, back OT I like the comment that goes "I love the "foot on the neck" shot... Though I guess this might cause issues with certain religious factions that have phobias about shoes if it were implemented today!"... er, it's more likely that they're having their throats crushed that would cause the problem.