by American College of Physical Culture
WE know that you will find interest in reading and demonstrating to your own satisfaction the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu, in its mildest form, as a means of self defense.
This is the first time that all the secrets of the Japanese national system of physical training and self defense have been given to Wes┬tern people. Less than a generation ago, you could not have obtained this knowledge at any price. So religiously have the principles of Jiu Jitsu been guarded that no foreigner has ever before received official instruction from one who has taken the highest degree in the art.
Jiu Jitsu is the most wonderful system of physical training the world has ever known. It is a science. It is muscle dominated and directed in every detail by brain. The Japanese are the hardiest race of people in the world to day, and we attribute their wonderful strength and power of endurance solely to the persistent practice of their national system of physical development. Jiu Jitsu develops every muscle and strengthens every organ in the human body. It does not produce knotted muscles, but develops the body harmoni┬ously and uniformly. It affects those minute muscles which are not reached by any other system. It strengthens the heart action, scien┬tifically renews and invigorates every tissue, and helps every organ to perform its functions. The man or woman who devotes ten minutes daily to the practice 6f Jiu Jitsu will enjoy a degree of health and strength that will make him or her thoroughly alive and fully con┬scious of the possession of perfect manhood or womanhood. (The improvement of the average American pupil in from thirty to sixty days is 'as follows: Development of the chest, three to four inches; chest expansion, three to five inches; upper arm, one, to two inches;
forearm, one half to one inch; thigh, two to three inches; and the entire body in proportion.)
Jiu Jitsu is also a natural and positive cure f or constipation, in┬digestion, and all forms of dyspep┬sia, insomnia, pulmonary troubles,
and lack of vitality. Its practice improves the appetite, accelerates circulation, and aids assimilation. A nd to the increased vigor and tone of the system the brain re┬sponds, and the mental capacity as well as the physical is improved. The Japanese enjoy better health than any other nationality. NVith them consumption is very rare, dyspepsia has no meaning, and physical weakness is an affliction with which only the aged are beset. Extreme leanness is regarded in much the same manner as Americans regard physical deformity, and extreme corpuloney is unknown. There is a reason for all this and it is found in Jiu Jitsu. As a means of self defense, Jiu Jitsu is as potent at short range as the most deadly weapon that human in~e.nuity has devised. A Japanese skilled in this art has no fear of any form of persor.,al attack. I To will even defend himself unarmed against a swordsman and emerge from 'uhe combat victorious. The science of Jiu Jitsu takes into account the vulner,,tl )Io points in tl ie human body. It comprehends the laws of mechanics, thus er.abling the weak to overthrow the strong. One unskilled in the art is entirely at the mercy of the ex┬pert Jiu Jitstiian, no matter how unequally matched in point of size or strength the contestants may be. An opponent may be overcome and remain unharmed if it be the will of the operator, or he may be seriously disabled by a sli,,Iit pressure exerted at a vulnerable point, or a ,~,arp twist of the arm, as to be rendered utterly helpless and undl)le to renew t,l io attack.
The following illustrations give some idea of the first lessons in Jiti Jitsu, which represent Professor J. J. O'Brien, who was for many years a resident of Japan, and received his diploma as Professor of Jiu Jit,sti. from the Government of Japan.
Professor O'Brien was the teacher who instructed President Roose┬velt, meiiibers of his Cabinet, and heads of many of the Departments in Washington.
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