Edith Garrud, the Jujitsu Suffragist,
"Woman is exposed to many perils nowadays, because so many who call themselves ‘men’ are not worthy of that exalted title."
—- Edith Margeret Garrud
Born in 1872, Edith Margaret Garrud was you typical Englsih Victorian/Edwardian Era lady as a lady was to expected to be. Then in 1899 Edith and her husband William took personal martial arts lessons from Edward Barton-Wright. Barton was an engineer who spent five years in Japan studying martial arts. He became famous as the inventor of Bartitsu, a popular Victorian Era martial art which combined boxing, cane fighting, and Jujitsu. Later Garrud studied under the Japanese Jujitsu master Sadakazu Uyenishi, who started a school in Soho. When Uyenishi returned to Japan in 1908, Garrud took over his school, becoming the first female martial arts instructor in history. In the early 1900’s Garrud had a prosperous career teaching self defense and choreographing fight scenes for plays and for Britain’s emerging film industry. However, with the rise of the suffrage movement Garrud would become a legend in women’s history.
The late 19th and early 20th century saw the worldwide rise of the suffrage movement, a movement for women’s rights, specifically the right to vote. However being a suffragette was not easy. Often protests and demonstrations were mobbed by violent, angry men who would beat and even club the demonstrating women. Often the worst violence was committed by the police who were more interested in beating women into submission rather than peacefully enforcing the law. Many women were badly beaten, or even killed due to the violence.
A passionate suffragist, Garrud decided the women’s movement needed her help. She began holding special classes for suffragists to teach them methods of self defense and street combat. She also trained an elite group of 30 women called “The Bodyguard” who were tasked with protecting suffragist leaders in Britain during demonstrations. A hardcore group of badass ladies, the Jujitsu suffragettes were trained in hand to hand combat, armed with Indian clubs (bowling pins), and wore cardboard armor under their clothing as protection against clubs and truncheons.
However, Garrud not only specialized in the theory of martial arts, but direct application as she took to the streets with her fellow suffragettes. Between 1908 and 1914 she was involved in a number of “incidents” in which she was attacked by cops or unruly thugs. In the battle that ensued she would throw around, joint lock, choke out, and all around beat the crap out of anyone who dared lay a hand on her.
The Bodyguard was disbanded in 1914, as most suffragists suspended operations to support the war effort. During the war Garrud encouraged women to take jobs in factories formerly held by men (who were off to war) in order to support the country. In 1918 women’s suffrage became the law of Britain with the passing of the Representation of the People Act. The 19th Amendment also granted women suffrage in the US in 1902.
Edith Garrud continued her career as a martial arts instructor and physical fitness trainer. In 1925 Garrud retired from public life and made a very comfortable living speculating in real estate with her husband. On her 94th birthday she gave one last interview to Woman Magazine, demonstrating some of her joint locking techniques to journalst Godfrey Winn.
Edith Garrud passed away in 1971 at the age of 99.
I am drunk, I have spent 12+ hours coming up with ninja skills and role-playing game rules that are FUCKING BOSS, I’m listening to a (russian?) rock opera and I’m 95% sure I just hallucinated a wizard.
WELL, I GUESS I SHOULD DRAW DRAGONLANCE SHIT NOW.
also i apologize to my new watchers. You expected Doctor Who. You will get that. Later. Not now. I have 12+ Doctors to drop on you, you know, so you can chillax for a minute (because I’m a boss and I’ll include TenToo and War Doctor and Six’s AWESOME BLUE OUTFIT and Eight’s super stressed pre-regen look BECAUSE OH MY GOD NO WHY WHY WHY ok, it’s hot sorry, ngl, 8 ilu bb - also collect all the doctors yes yes good collect the things all the things) but yeah, dude, I gotta take a break between doctors you know, there’s 13+ of them, not counting alternates, parodies and whatnot.
also i am a quality blog who does quality art and it’s my day off so there.
Up to 7 pages.
Basically five of which are actual techniques players can learn/earn and two of which are generalized overview of skill difficulty classifications and what the mastery ranks of those skills are
jfc, making games is hard
WELL I GUESS I’LL HAVE EXPERIENCE THE NEXT TIME I MAKE A GAME /shot
Also gave them the chance to not be rude and blew it. So she mess with them not just because they were rude, but stubborn about being rude.
Anyone who refuses when the local fairy they just insulted gives them a chance to unfuck the situation utterly deserves curses and dragons at that point.
Maleficent wrecked a whole bunch of medieval faces because she was the only fairy not invited to a princess’s Christening.
She fucked up a whole kingdom because they were rude to her.
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ACTIVATE COOLING SYSTEM. INITIATE PROTOCOLS ONE THROUGH THREE. REPORT PROGRESS.
STILL AT SIX PAGES, MANAGED TO MAKE WHAT SASORI DOES A PRETTY MUCH GOD TIER SKILL.
ALSO FUCK BASIC LEVEL TEAMWORK SKILLS BECAUSE SPESCHUL SNOFLAKES GUNNA DO WHAT THEY WANNNNNNNNNT.
Also food is good.
I have six pages of codified rules and skills for an rp