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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 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 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

Jui Jitsu

Description:

Promotion for John J. O'Brien's jiu-jitsu teaching services.

Resource Type: Pamphlet

Subject: Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Advertising--Sports

Date: 1902?

Letter from John J. O'Brien to William Loeb

Description:

President Roosevelt's jiu-jitsu instructor asks that his photos of jiu-jitsu positions not be made available to the Japanese. He also requests a letter from Roosevelt endorsing his system and encloses an account of an encounter he had with "two thugs."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Press and politics; Photographs; Jiu-jitsu--Study and teaching; Endorsements in advertising

Date: 1904-03-14

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