THE ATHLETIC SUFFRAGETTE,
LITTLE WOMAN AND A BIG POLICEMAN. A WONDERFUL JIU-JITbU EXHIA practical test of Suffragette jhijitsu took plnco tuu other evening (bays Uie Loncioii Uaily Aiaii of July 2) between Mrs Garrud, an expero m tlie Japanese art, and policeman. Mrs Garrud is one or the organisers of the Women's Freedom League, and iier object is to make jiu-jitsu an additional weapon of woman's light lor tlie vote. The -first policeman opponent was not an interrupter at a meeting, nor had Jie ottered a Suffragette any insult other than a doubt thajo Mrs Garrud could toss him over her head. In explaining how it would be possible foi the Suttragette in future to police their own meetings and forcibly eject any ut their one-time lords, Mrs Oarrud had casually remarked tha|fc for her part the overthrow of an average policeman would be a simple matter. In no way did the constable resent her expression of opinion, but his doubts were evident. A smile crept over his face as he stood regarding her. "Why," he said, "you're only a little dot of a woman." "Well, I'm not exactly a giant," admitted the Suffragette. "If you're sure ,you aren't frightened of getting hurt, 1 think I'll throw you." Again the big policeman smiled, ft was all so very, very foolish. His great red hands played idly about his 42in. chest, and then in a moment of vanity he clenched his right fist, so that the muscles of his forearm stood out in heavy lumps. Mrs Garrup is 4ft lOin in height, and she, too, smiled. "I'm glad you're not more than thirteen stone," she murmured. STRUGGLE BEGINS. Then the struggle commenced. As a huge inaatiir woum bend clown upon an insolent kitten tlie man swooped on the woman. First he tntd for a catcii-as-ca ten-can bouy-hold, but the fcJunragefcee eluded las grasp. Tlieir hands met, and tiie giant tried to pull her to him, tmo tnai was tne very Übh tiling the intended to allow, i'ulling away from him, she ran lightly bacKwards, with the policeman pressing heavily alHer lier. Desperateiy he exerted all his strength striving to push the woman off Dei Balance anu on to the mat. Then, suddenly, the thing happened. In a flash the woman tell fiat on her back, with the massive policeman towering above her. Up shot one ot her feet to meet his diapuragm. Her little arms strained, and as lie pulled' against himseli the man lost his balance, swirled over her head, turned a somersault in mid-air, and tell heavily on the back of las head. In less than ten seconds the Suffragette had thrown the policeman. .Five minutes later, when he once more condescended to stand upright, the puzzled policeman again caretully regarded Mrs bfarrud. Contemplatively lie scratched his head.. "If that had happened on the pavement instead of theue mats the police torce would be one man short at tnis moment," he said. "That fall would have cracked my skull." Another policeman awaited his turn. Lighter in ouild than the other, bivc more alert and liiore athletic in every way, the second man had the further advantage of a sound knowledge ot the secrets or jiu-jitsu. ".Now, I siiall have to do something really decent," said the Suffragette. "That first bout was. just child's play. I'll enjoy this much better." For a full minute they played for an opening. At iii\s>t the man tried for a. catch-as-catch-can hold, but the woman j was too wary. Just as the policeman's arms seemed ito have locked about her she would slip away, and, clutching his wrists, attempt to pull him after her as she run backwards to gain the impetus for the stomach tall wiiich had proved the first man's downfall. At last the man's superior strength and great advantage in weight commenced to tell. Desperately she tried for a side-hold, and then the end came. Just failing to effect the grip the woman was cji the man's mercy. High in the air he swung her and then down upon the man she went. But even as slie fell s.he made for a wrist-hold, missing it by an inch. Two taps on the floor as a signal that she was defeated and the woman rose smilingly for another bout. . MAN THROWN SIX TIMES, The first position taug— by Mrs Garrucl to her Suffragette pupils is the "trip." After the theory had been caretully explained the two women gripped each other firmly by <the upper arms. They swayed a little, and then Mrs Garrud pressed lior opponenm backAvards a few steps, but out went the pupil's foot against her shin, and down went the teacher. Lying as she fell, Mrs Garrud explained the next positions — how to safeguard tlie face from being struck when bending over a tallen combatant to pin her to the ground, then how to pin both hands to the ground. This was repeated several times and another new "lock" added, which effectually quieted the instructress. "I do not often teach more than two new features each day," said Mrs Garrud. "They are so apt to confuse them unless they practise very diligently. To master the art thoroughly requires about thirty-six lessons, but, of course, people can become efficient in less [than a dozen." As these combatants retired a girl came forward — it would be neither fair nor sportsmanlike to divulge her identity — who is noaring the completion of her course. Judging from the lighthearted and easy way in which she threw a man over her head half a dozen times the London police force may well shake in their shoes at the prospect of what the future may hold.
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