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Business Card of John J. O'Brien

Description:

Business card of John J. O'Brien, teacher of Jiu-Jitsu.

Resource Type: Card, Business

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Business cards; Business etiquette

Date: 1902

Letter from William Sturgis Bigelow to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

William Sturgis Bigelow provides the name and address of John J. O'Brien, a teacher of jiu-jitsu. He provides a description of jiu-jitsu and encloses some photographs of the "grips and catches."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; O'Brien, John J.

Date: 1902-01-03

Letter from John J. O'Brien to George B. Cortelyou

Description:

John J. O'Brien would be pleased to instruct President Roosevelt in the "science of Jiu jitsu."  The full course of instruction is $100 for about eight weeks.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1902-02-06

Letter from George B. Cortelyou to John J. O'Brien

Description:

George B. Cortelyou asks whether John J. O'Brien will be in Washington, D.C., this spring, as President Roosevelt is interested in taking some lessons.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Washington (D.C.); Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1902-03-03

Letter from William Sturgis Bigelow to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

William Sturgis Bigelow has found a new scale that goes "far to make life worth living." Henry Cabot Lodge told Bigelow that President Roosevelt enjoys "violent exercise, with danger" and Bigelow recommends fishing for New England flounder off Tuckernuck Island.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Scales (Weighing instruments); Fishing; Outdoor recreation; Jiu-jitsu; Massachusetts--Tuckernuck Island; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924

Date: 1902-03-07

Letter from John J. O'Brien to George B. Cortelyou

Description:

John J. O'Brien would be pleased to go to Washington, D.C., and teach President Roosevelt jiu-jitsu. He provides several references that can be contacted for information on the benefits of learning jiu-jitsu.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Employment references

Date: 1902-03-10

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Sturgis Bigelow

Description:

President Roosevelt will meet with Bay to discuss the photos and is having a great time with John O'Brien, but his system is difficult to learn.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; O'Brien, John J.

Date: 1902-03-19

Letter from William Sturgis Bigelow to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

William Sturgis Bigelow is preparing to leave for Japan and requests a letter of introduction to Ambassador Buck. He wants good relations with Buck because he is concerned that a young Japanese man, who he tried to get jailed for "swindling," may seek revenge. Bigelow has met John J. O'Brien, President Roosevelt's jiu-jitsu instructor, and is impressed with his ideas. He would have liked to see O'Brien tackle the late Lean F. Czolgosz.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Letters; Travel--Planning; Diplomatic etiquette; Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Japan; Buck, Alfred Eliab, 1832-1902; O'Brien, John J.; Czolgosz, Leon F., 1873?-1901

Date: 1902-03-30

Letter from John J. O'Brien to William Loeb

Description:

John O'Brien would like to know if President Roosevelt would like to continue the jiu-jitsu lessons.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Training; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1902-06-02

Letter from William Loeb to John J. O'Brien

Description:

William Loeb informs Professor O'Brien that President Roosevelt is too busy to finish the jiu-jitsu lessons. Loeb will return the mats.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1902-06-05

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