Theodore Roosevelt on MMA

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mikevolz
11/13/08 10:09:10AM
“… Yesterday afternoon we had Professor Yamashita [Roosevelt’s Jiu-jitsu instructor] up here to wrestle with Grant. It was very interesting, but of course jiu jitsu and our wrestling are so far apart that it is difficult to make any comparison between them. Wrestling is simply a sport with rules almost as conventional as those of tennis, while jiu jitsu is really meant for practice in killing or disabling our adversary.

In consequence, Grant did not know what to do except to put Yamashita on his back, and Yamashita was perfectly content to be on his back. Inside of a minute Yamashita had choked Grant, and inside of two minutes more he got an elbow hold on him that would have enabled him to break his arm; so that there is no question but that he could have put Grant out. So far this made it evident that the jiu jitsu man could handle the ordinary wrestler. But Grant, in the actual wrestling and throwing was about as good as the Japanese, and he was so much stronger that he evidently hurt and wore out the Japanese.

With a little practice in the art I am sure that one of our big wrestlers or boxers, simply because of his greatly superior strength, would be able to kill any of those Japanese, who though very good men for their inches and pounds are altogether too small to hold their own against big, powerful, quick men who are as well trained”


he was quite the boxer if history is accurate.
Jackelope
11/13/08 11:16:44AM
I have the book "The Last Romantic" but I haven't read it yet. He's a fascinating historical figure. Pretty good find- props if they're available!
roadking95th
11/13/08 3:23:42PM
WAR Teddy! He's the man
dannyfrank
11/13/08 7:35:52PM
speak softly and carry a big stick
cmb19932
11/13/08 7:57:19PM
i carry a big stick lol
dannyfrank
11/13/08 8:40:31PM

Posted by cmb19932

i carry a big stick lol



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