This article from the Leicester Daily Post of October 7, 1905, details a court case involving former Bartitsu Club instructor Yukio Tani. Partly at issue was the practice of pre-arranging the results of apparently spontaneous challenge matches, which was known in Edwardian-era wrestling slang as “swanking” – i.e., contrived showmanship rather than “straight” or “shoot” competition. Yukio … Continue reading ““Wrestlers in Court: Labourer who Wanted to Use his Fists” (1905)”
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