Theodore Roosevelt’s Jiu-Jitsu Training and his view on Wrestling vs Jiu Jitsu

Theodore Roosevelt 1858 – 1919, served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. The article that appeared in the New York World on March 20, 1902, revealed that President Roosevelt was training Jiu-Jitsu under Professor John J. O’Brien of Boston. Use code “FIRST15” for 15 OFF The article notes:“Prof. O’Brien learned the Jiu-Jitsu tricks in Nagasaki, Japan, where he was formerly an inspector of police. He has holds which can be used in all circumstances under which a man may be attacked.” “Roosevelt hopes soon to be able to break the arms, legs or neck of any Anarchist or thug who may attack him.” Not much after that president, Theodore Roosevelt trained Jiu-Jitsu under the most notable Japanese Jiu-Jitsu instructor Professor Yoshitsugu Yamashita. The pioneer of Judo in US Yamashita was the first person awarded with 10th-degree black belt in Kodokan Judo. He was also a direct student oh a … Continue reading Theodore Roosevelt’s Jiu-Jitsu Training and his view on Wrestling vs Jiu Jitsu