Story: Martial arts

Avengers-style self-defence, 1966

The British television series The Avengers, starring a judo-kicking, catsuit-wearing secret agent named Emma Peel, was hugely popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It inspired a number of New Zealand women to learn similar self-defence moves. This government newsreel from 1966, shot in the style of the programme, shows a class of women learning judo in Wellington.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 179. National Film Unit, 1966

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Martial arts - Martial arts from the 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015