Photo with 19th century European boxing, derived from swordplay


By Constantinos Dervenis

A student forwarded this to me this evening. 19th century European boxing, derived from swordplay (lunge) and sabreplay (parry in 3rd). I had seen it before, of course, and traced it all the way back to ancient Greece, but this particular photo struck me as it reminded me of the ninjutsu in my past.

So what if a particular Japanese teacher, who went to an English school when he was a young boy after all, happened to see something similar there, among white-skinned foreigners no less, and then when for nationalistic reasons he went on to obscure the techniques he had witnessed in China behind some purported and non-existant Japanese alleged traditions, he also thought, hey, that boxing those English types were doing back in the day was pretty cool too, and included it in the forms?

Yo, just saying. As has been pointed out, I’m not a historian. Oh wait…

A student forwarded this to me this evening. 19th century European boxing, derived from swordplay (lunge) and sabreplay (parry in 3rd). I had seen it before, of course, and traced it all the way back to ancient Greece, but this particular photo struck me as it reminded me of the ninjutsu in my past. </p>
<p>So what if a particular Japanese teacher, who went to an English school when he was a young boy after all, happened to see something similar there, among white-skinned foreigners no less, and then when for nationalistic reasons he went on to obscure the techniques he had witnessed in China behind some purported and non-existant Japanese alleged traditions, he also thought, hey, that boxing those English types were doing back in the day was pretty cool too, and included it in the forms?  </p>
<p>Yo, just saying. As has been pointed out, I'm not a historian. Oh wait...
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