Rare Footage of a 1930s Woman Using Jujitsu on a Male Opponent
Apparently the 1930s wasn’t all just corsets and jazz music. In London, the practice of jujitsu and other martial arts grew in popularity thanks to a growing feminist movement that used the practice for self-defense. In this short film titled The Weaker Sex! (Sayest Thou!), an instructor, a young woman named May Whitley, explains the basics of jujitsu. Using her skills to ward off a hypothetical mugging, she slams her opponent around like a rag doll. At the end, after hypothetically dislocating her opponent’s shoulder and leaving him for dead, she stops to powder her nose. Rock on, old British woman.