This hardcover book is in a fair condition overall. The cover of the book is noticeably worn down overall, particularly along the binding, edges and corners. There are also noticeable markings throughout, both front and back. The back cover has separated from the rest of the book, though it is still connected by the binding. The pages of the book are in much better condition overall, and while the edges are quite worn down, both the written and photograph pages are perfectly readable and enjoyable. The book was written by W.H. Collingridge, it does not appear to be dated, and is assumed to have been published in the early 1900s.
'Recent years have introduced the British Public a considerable quantity of literature of Ju-Jutsu and Self-defence, including a notable text-book on the Japanese art by that accomplished exponent, S.K Uyenishi ("Raku"). For the most part, however, these manuals deal with Ju-Jutsu as a system, and, although the system is an exceptionally valuable one, its thoroughgoing character renders proficiency a matter of time, which, in a substantial sense, is not at the disposal of everyone. Besides this it demands a fairly extensive space, so that, in the absence of a gymnasium, a spare room or a lawn is at least required.
These circumstances have caused many people to suggest to me that I should produce a volume dealing simply with self-defence features, which need comparatively little time, very moderate space, and no special outfit. The repetitions of this request have induced me, contrary to my first intention, to make this addition to athletic handbooks.'