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Historical Self Defense Weapons

Reach Out and Zap Someone

Reach Out and Zap Someone: The Patent History of Electric Stun Weapons   Zaap…zaaap-clack-clack-clack…zaaap. Just the sound and spark of an electric weapon triggers something from childhood that makes you step back when you see and hear the electricity arc through the air between the leads. The two most common forms of today’s electric “stun” technology, […]

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Historical

A Woman’s Self-Defence for Women

  A WOMAN’S SELF-DEFENCE FOR WOMEN Health & Vim, May 1912. A highly interesting and vivid account by PERRY PEAKE of a young girl whose jujutsu methods of self-defence are arousing widespread comment. In common with most men, I suppose, I had always held the opinion that the athletic feat-performing woman was of the Amazon […]

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Free stuff Grappling Historical

Len Lanius: American JJ Pioneer

Longtime Cincinnati resident Leonard (“Len”) Lanius, born around 1865, claims he was the lightweight champion wrestler of the world at one point. That would have been around 1890 and I have verified that he did at least referee a match in 1894. In fact, the loser of the bout gave Lanius some lip, whereupon Lanius […]

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Announcements Historical

Jujutsu Suffragettes

The day before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday seems an opportune time to recall the suffragettes now that the U.S. has a woman and an African-American as top contenders for the presidency. [FN1]. It is incredible to think that only 80 or so years ago women in the U.S. and U.K. did not enjoy […]

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Combatives Historical

Jack Dempsey vs. the Evil Robots

“I can whip any mechanical robot that ever has or ever will be made.” So said Jack Dempsey. Captain Billy Fawcet, former WWI Army Captain, apparently talked Jack Dempsey into doing this puff piece for Fawcett’s biggest magazine, Modern Mechanix, in 1934. The idea of the early sci-fi robot battling the hard hitting fighter is […]