“All-in fighting”: jiu-jitsu conquers Australia (1906-9)

Those with an interest in the international expansion of Japanese martial arts during the early 20th century should read this excellent article on the early history of Australian jiujitsu:

According to the ringmaster, it was to be competed under “jiu-jitsu rules”, which according to him, meant that each of the men would be allowed, “To hit, scratch, bite, pull by the hair, kick sideways, gouge, or strangle. Practically the only forbidden action was a straight kick.” There would be no pinfalls and one man yielding to the other would only decide the match. It would be Mr. M. P. Adams of Melbourne’s job to keep the order as referee, which would prove to be no small task.

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  1. Hi!

    I live in Sweden and have become interested in Bartitsu and have read a lot on this site and remembered that many years ago I heard about Viking Cronholm who introduced jiu-jitsu in Sweden. He had trained boxing earlier and when he went to South Africa in 1904 he started to train jiu-jitsu. He started Swedens first jiu-jitsu school in 1907 and in 1908 he released the book Jiu-Jitsu Tricks. This is supposed to be a video with him but I dont know if its accurate.

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