After his successful career as a professional wrestler, Armand Cherpillod went on (with the help of Abel Vaucher) to pen an entertaining memoir, including some colourful reminiscences about his time as the wrestling and physical culture instructor for the London Bartitsu Club.
Bartitsu Club wrestling instructor Armand Cherpillod is featured in this circa 1901 postcard. “The Little Swiss” Cherpillod’s adventures in London are outlined in his autobiography La Vie d’une Champion, which is excerpted in the first volume of the Bartitsu Compendium.
Cherpillod’s post-Bartitsu Club career saw him compete (and/or perform) successfully as a professional wrestler throughout Europe. He also introduced the jiujitsu he had learned during his relatively short tenure at the Bartitsu Club to his native Switzerland, and wrote what was probably the first book on Japanese unarmed combat as self defence for women.