Edith Garrud, the Jujitsu Suffragist,
"Woman is exposed to many perils nowadays, because so many who call themselves ‘men’ are not worthy of that exalted title."
—- Edith Margeret Garrud
Born in 1872, Edith Margaret Garrud was your typical English Victorian/Edwardian Era lady as a lady was to expected to be. Then in 1899 Edith and her husband William took personal martial arts lessons from Edward Barton-Wright. Barton was an engineer who spent five years in Japan studying martial arts. He became famous as the inventor of Bartitsu, a popular Victorian Era martial art which combined boxing, cane fighting, and Jujitsu. Later Garrud studied under the Japanese Jujitsu master Sadakazu Uyenishi, who started a school in Soho. When Uyenishi returned to Japan in 1908, Garrud took over his school, becoming the first female martial arts instructor in Western history. In the early 1900’s Garrud had a prosperous career teaching self defense and choreographing fight scenes for plays and for Britain’s emerging film industry. However, with the rise of the suffrage movement Garrud would become a legend in women’s history.
The late 19th and early 20th century saw the worldwide rise of the suffrage movement, a movement for women’s rights, specifically the right to vote. However being a suffragette was not easy. Often protests and demonstrations were mobbed by violent, angry men who would beat and even club the demonstrating women. Often the worst violence was committed by the police who were more interested in beating women into submission rather than peacefully enforcing the law. Many women were badly beaten, or even killed due to the violence.
A passionate suffragist, Garrud decided the women’s movement needed her help. She began holding special classes for suffragists to teach them methods of self defense and street combat. She also trained an elite group of 30 women called “The Bodyguard” who were tasked with protecting suffragist leaders in Britain during demonstrations. A hardcore group of badass ladies, the Jujitsu suffragettes were trained in hand to hand combat, armed with Indian clubs (bowling pins), and wore cardboard armor under their clothing as protection against clubs and truncheons.
However, Garrud not only specialized in the theory of martial arts, but direct application as she took to the streets with her fellow suffragettes. Between 1908 and 1914 she was involved in a number of “incidents” in which she was attacked by cops or unruly thugs. In the battle that ensued she would throw around, joint lock, choke out, and all around beat the crap out of anyone who dared lay a hand on her.
The Bodyguard was disbanded in 1914, as most suffragists suspended operations to support the war effort. During the war Garrud encouraged women to take jobs in factories formerly held by men (who were off to war) in order to support the country. In 1918 women’s suffrage became the law of Britain with the passing of the Representation of the People Act. The 19th Amendment also granted women suffrage in the US in 1920.
Edith Garrud continued her career as a martial arts instructor and physical fitness trainer. In 1925 Garrud retired from public life and made a very comfortable living speculating in real estate with her husband. On her 94th birthday she gave one last interview to Woman Magazine, demonstrating some of her joint locking techniques to journalst Godfrey Winn.
Edith Garrud passed away in 1971 at the age of 99.
Three days and I still can’t get over this…
Love “Da Man Wit the Chips” but Jameila White is the new “Protest MVP.” #staywoke #trill
Lets keep reblogging this…..She needs to be home with her family…
BOOSTING! Her mom made the above post yesterday. This is going on right now.
I DON’T CARE IF THIS DOESN’T MATCH YOUR BLOG JUST PLEASE HELP OUT THEIR FAMILY
Omg, everyone reblog!
That first picture just fills me with such joy and a feeling of hope.
HEY ERIN HEY!
It’s the last picture that gets me. Her eyes are off reading the defense, because she’s not handing off to the RB, that’s a fake. She’s the QB and she’d doing her goddamn job and she’s doing it well. GET IT GIRL.
“Everybody says, ‘What happens when she gets hit?’ ” Gatewood said. “This isn’t a knock on Erin, but she’s bigger than 10 kids on my team. I have a wide receiver that weighs 25 pounds less than her. And the pads she wears are the same as the pads he wears.”
theres a post going around “imagine a high school romance movie about a girl who works her ass off to play on the football team and eventually becomes the quarterback and she dates one of the cheerleaders” well thats this girls life basically. the cheerleader in the top picture is her girlfriend.
this makes me so happy, it’s ridiculous
Every time I read this I get real happy.
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Yesterday, State of Emergency was declared in Hamburg
As anti-government protests rage across the German city of Hamburg, German police have increased their stop, search and arrest powers in so called ‘danger zones’ in the city’s Altona, Sankt Pauli and Stemschanze districts after a far-left group attacked a police station last week. Hamburg has established a so-called danger zone giving police the right to stop and search people. Critics warn it’s an infringement of rights.
I heard the Scarlett Witch was using her powers to get inside Cap’s head. Why don’t we wait and see the movie before getting worked up?
Because I must spew my impotent nerd rage somewhere