“Ju-jitsu v. Boxing”: Yukio Tani takes on “Young Joseph” in a mixed-styles contest (1908)

From The Sporting LifeMonday, 13 April 1908:



A really splendid programme was staged on Saturday afternoon at Olympia, Shoreditch, and was efficiently superintended the M.C., Mr. Jack Henderson, whoso duties were by no means light.

In addition to a match between a British exponent of ju-jitsu, Jack Madden, and Yamato Maida (Japan), the public were treated a most interesting contest, in which the boxer, Young Joseph, opposed Yukio Tani. The pictures of the championship light between Tommy Burns and Gunner Moir were shown, and various contests decided well-known wrestlers. Mr. Jack Henderson managed the proceedings on and off the stage, and was timekeeper, Mr R. P. Watson was referee for the ju-jitsu v. boxing, and Mr E. Joseph refereed the rest the events.

Details:— Tani cautiously eyed Joseph for several seconds. Joseph feinted repeatedly, and Tani kept out of harm’s way. The Jap cleverly escaped dangerous leads with right and left. Once Joseph lauded the left.

Tani jumped in twice with a leg trip, and just failed to bring the boxer down. Ail the time Joseph was threatening with the right, which Tani carefully watched and avoided.

At last Tani seized a favourable opportunity, and, dashing in, caught Joseph round the body (time, 4 min.). There was a fierce scramble on the ground, and Joseph escaped with a severe roughing. When they again faced each other Joseph drew close, and often led, but Tani cunningly side-stepped.

At last Tani dashed in with a body hold, and dragged Joseph to the mat.  Joseph tried in vain to extricate from this dangerous position, but Tani held him in a vice-like grip. Suddenly the Jap grabbed his arm, threw himself on his back, his leg over Joseph’s face, and with the arm lock won in 5 min. 34 sec.

4 thoughts on ““Ju-jitsu v. Boxing”: Yukio Tani takes on “Young Joseph” in a mixed-styles contest (1908)”

  1. FOOTWORK! Had Tani’s footwork not been excellent… Of course, Joseph was no sluch in that area, either. (Reposted with correct email address.)

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