Friday, October 28, 2011


Today we bring you a little bit of grappling history via Japan, with a profile of ju-jutsoka, Sadakazu Uyenishi. Mr. Uyenishi was born on the main island of Japan in 1880 and descended from a long line of famous athletes, including his father, who was noted for his incredible strength and skill in a variety of traditional sports and martial arts.

Uyenishi started his martial arts career at a young age and was a very successful competitor throughout his teens. At the age of twenty, Uyenishi moved to London and became an instructor along with Yukio Tani at the famous Barton-Wright Bartitsu Club. Throughout their time there, both Tani and Uyenishi actively competed in wrestling, often times taking on opponents much larger than themselves. Uyenishi became known not only for his great athletic ability but also for his ability to teach and translate his art to the Edwardian London society. He later opened his own dojo in London and also became a hand-to-hand combat instructor at several military schools. After this, not much is know about the jujutsu pioneer other than that he moved back to Japan and soon after died. Uyenishi left his mark on London and later the world as he was one of the first Japanese jujutsu practitioners to both teach jujutsu and compete using the art outside of his homeland. Before his death, he authored a book entitled the "Text-Book of Ju-Jutsu" in 1905, which became very popular throughout Europe and the world. Take a look at this work of art brought back to life in video form.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic! Must have been hard for the old timers to get their rolls on to that ye olde tyme piano music though. :D


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