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escrimador6
6/12/2008 1:16pm,
Most people will credit the popularity of MA movies in the 60s and 70s, as well as the ninja craze of the 80s as the birth of the bastard children that came to be collectively known as McDojos. I too thought that this was the case until, through an Indian Jones-esq adventure filled with ancient puzzles and Nazis, I came across this ancient artifact from 1905.

http://www.joyceimages.com/media/ji/Ad%20JiuJitsu%20PM05.jpg
http://www.joyceimages.com/media/ji/Ad%20JiuJitsu%20PM05.jpg

It claims to teach jiujitsu THROUGH POST, not even videos, but through the goddamn mailman. Also, it will cure constipation (I would hate to be the guy's sparing partner when that aliment suddenly clears itself up), dypepsia, indigestion, corpulency, and loss of vitality.

edtang
6/12/2008 1:36pm,
very, very cool.

Ke?poFist
6/12/2008 1:51pm,
hahaha, good find

DdlR
6/12/2008 1:55pm,
Even better, going by the best available research, "Kara Ashikaga" never even existed. The only Japanese jujitsu instructors in England at that time were former instructors at the Bartitsu Club (Yukio Tani and Sadakazu Uyenishi) and serious competitive jujitsuka including Akitaro Ono and Taro Miyake.

The "Ashikaga School of Jujitsu" in Liverpool seems to have been a total con. It was actually run by an Englishman, presumably basing his mail-order "lessons" on the very early magazine articles produced by E.W. Barton-Wright and the earliest jujitsu books that became available in English.

Horus
6/12/2008 2:16pm,
Speaking of Jits being taught in jolly old England back in the olden days, these are always fun to watch

YouTube - old ju jitsu self defence movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz-hO6nEjBM)

YouTube - Oldschool Ju-Jitsu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwJfK_FhJF4)

YouTube - Self defence/jiujitsu - 1931 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83iWBsELJFw)

YouTube - Rare Jujitsu Footage from the early 1900's 20's - 30's? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmTni0AM-Uo)

escrimador6
6/12/2008 2:17pm,
Makes me wish for a simpler time, where you could con people into "taking" your class through the mail. All you needed was a mail box and a picture of a japanese guy.

nightowl
6/12/2008 10:53pm,
I could see how someone could fall for it. Even to this day the Japanese are known for their excellent self defense programs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXdsA-42gRU

3moose1
6/12/2008 11:00pm,
Makes me wish for a simpler time, where you could con people into "taking" your class through the mail. All you needed was a mail box and a picture of a japanese guy.

yeah...

now you have to con people into buying a "russian bride"

much more complicated...

Marc Spector
6/13/2008 11:14am,
I like how they went into that snake-oil pitch at the end there. "Cures constipation, dyspepsia, indigestion, corpulency..." I wonder if it's any good at getting out stains.

YouTube - The Outlaw Josey Wales - Missouri Boat Ride (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZZhxW5ym68)

Check out 2:50 for the reference.

akuma13
6/13/2008 2:18pm,
I could see how someone could fall for it. Even to this day the Japanese are known for their excellent self defense programs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXdsA-42gRU



Okay... that was about the most bizarre thing I have seen on this site:5huh:

colonelpong2
6/13/2008 11:27pm,
Speaking of Jits being taught in jolly old England back in the olden days, these are always fun to watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz-hO6nEjBM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwJfK_FhJF4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83iWBsELJFw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmTni0AM-Uo

Did people really buy that back in the day? They actually thought women were capable of fighting?

*cringes in preparation for the inevitable flames*

XXIV
6/13/2008 11:37pm,
Did people really buy that back in the day? They actually thought women were capable of fighting?

*cringes in preparation for the inevitable flames*

-shoots flames from her scorned demon eyes-

FLMikeATT
6/14/2008 2:00am,
I could see how someone could fall for it. Even to this day the Japanese are known for their excellent self defense programs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXdsA-42gRUheh. that vid never gets old.

akuma25
6/14/2008 4:37am,
I could see how someone could fall for it. Even to this day the Japanese are known for their excellent self defense programs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXdsA-42gRU

i wonder what a japanese sex ed video is like....

sambosteve
6/14/2008 4:51am,
here's another one for you:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v287/TheStewedOwl/ad1905.jpg