A rare, early 1900s glimpse inside Dr. Jigoro Kano’s Kodokan judo dojo in Tokyo, from the Illustrated London News of March 8, 1913.
The caption reads:
JAPANESE WRESTLING IN WHICH THE “UNDER DOG” MAY BE THE WINNER: JUDO PRACTICE IN THE KODO-KWAN AT TOKYO. “[ln] judo, more familiarly Jujutsu, incorrectly jiujitsu . . . you are at liberty to try to defeat your opponent by falling voluntarily upon your back. . . . Often . . . the man on top is in such pain as to forced to surrender.”
The costume presupposes men in a real quarrel being in ordinary dress.