“Ju-Jitsu For The Police: Its Possibilities” (#6)

The sixth of Ralph Cleaver’s Sketch cartoons posits jujitsu against, rather than for, the police, as a grinning hooligan executes a textbook kugi-nuki (scissors takedown) against a hapless bobby.

Dating back to  circa 1900, casual observers had sometimes worried that the “new art of self-defence” might be employed by those on the wrong side of the law; this is why membership in E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu Club had been subject to the approval of a “committee of gentlemen”, whose role was (partly) to assess the prospective new member’s moral character.

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