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Letter from William Sturgis Bigelow to Theodore Roosevelt

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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 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

Note regarding John J. O'Brien receipt

Description:

The receipt for $57.40 paid to John J. O'Brien was not found in the files, it is suggested that it may be in the possession of Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Note

Subject: Receipts (Acknowledgments); Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; O'Brien, John J.

Date: 1902-03-21

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 Theodore Roosevelt to William Sturgis Bigelow

Description:

President Roosevelt enjoyed his time with John J. O'Brien, which was cut short when Roosevelt injured his back. Roosevelt encloses a letter from John Hay.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Back--Wounds and injuries; Letters; Hay, John, 1838-1905; O'Brien, John J.

Date: 1902-04-01

Transcript of telephone call with Charles Laurie McCawley

Description:

Mr. Hill, a Harvard University trustee, knows two Japanese jiu-jitsu masters who are far superior to Professor John J. O'Brien as they have six degrees and O'Brien only two. Hill offers to bring them to the White House for an exhibition.

Resource Type: Message, Telephone

Subject: Jiu-jitsu; Japanese; O'Brien, John J.

Date: 1903-12-03

Tackled O'Brien

Description:

John J. O'Brien, an expert in jiu-jitsu that has trained President Roosevelt, was assaulted by Michael T. Bodkins and Rudolph W. Bower in Boston, Massachusetts. O'Brien successfully defended himself against the two assailants who were subsequently arrested.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Jiu-jitsu; Assault and battery; Self-defense; Massachusetts--Boston; O'Brien, John J.; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1904-03

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