In 1911 the Grey River Argus reported that a bluejacket (naval rating) who took part in a public demonstration of jiu-jitsu fainted when the hold was released. Jiu-jitsu developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a way of defeating an opponent through pins, locks and throws. From 1906 to 1914 expert practitioners such as Kiyo Kameda toured New Zealand, sometimes challenging much larger boxers and wrestlers.
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Reference: Grey River Argus, 17 May 1911, p. 3
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