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Almost from the time ju-'jitsu became a popular form of self-defence In Australia" a controversy has raged as to which of the two methods of self-defence is more effective. Naturally followers of •each method declare in favor of their own fancy, and there the matter has practically remained. A recent statement by MaReg. L. (Snowy) Baker in his magazine in favor of boxing, however, has elicited an acceptance of what was regarded as a challenge, and there is overy prospect of the question being finally settled.

In' his article Mr Baker docl aired that a boxer had two most effective weapons—bis fists—which, when skilfully used, could keep any assailant •at bay, whereas a wrestler must come to close quarters- before he can turn to account his knowledge and what proficiency he might have acquired in ju-jitsu.

Mr..Hill,-the ju-jitsu instructor at the Alexander Schol of Physical Education, flatly repudiates these assertions, and expresses himself as being quite prepared to prove his opinion i*emg the only white man in. the world to have won a Mikado medal m open competition in Japan for ju-jitsu, and having followed the study and taught it in Japan for 15 years besides holding a certificate from the .Tokio School of WirestlW Mr Hill considers that he is thoroughly able and qualified to represent the science of iu-iitsu against any other form of self-dc-ITT J^^ ng iSO > he hM offered to meet Mr Baker or any other boxer ne wishes to nominate, in a contest. i-n +vT? £ T llaß, re Plie^ to this, stating that he would be unable to take the matter up himself, but he would nominate Mr McVea as his represenxng Mr Hill on receipt of this information replied that Mr Baker could ffi"S? whom he liked > and 3£ better the exponent the better he (Mr Hill) would like it, as the result of the contest whatever it might be, £t » ur* £ n ll be <&puted -L fact Mr Hxll says, "it will settle the matter once and for all. Mr Bake? has remarked that the boxer has two most effective weapons: vr^ti th* ju-jitaiiist has four most effeJvi weapons his fiste and h^fe^Sd as flic tracts of a second might wanting in his training as regards quickness of action. ifowevJ^l do not wish to talk, but am quite pr? Port Sfv a T :mg -UP *° £100° to «»P----ES J -l airas 3U any contest bet?>^ n Jll-J;ts» and boxing " ' on^bp^n? o^ l mat I ch is** Present only being discnssed, but there is the Stadium at a no distant date.

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JU-JITSU V. BOXING, Marlborough Express, Volume XLVII, Issue 45, 21 February 1913

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JU-JITSU V. BOXING Marlborough Express, Volume XLVII, Issue 45, 21 February 1913

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