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By Len Lanius

Len Lanius, originator of yank Jiu-Jitsu, and writer of this booklet, is a instance of the worth of actual education and of the potency of the method he teaches...

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It is evident, however, that Mai’s own agenda was clear. He was aware that he needed the support of key individuals in London society to gain support and more crucially firearms in order to return to the South Pacific and annihilate the Bora Borans so that he and his family could lay claim to Raiatea. 7 A closer analysis of Fanny Burney’s diaries provides a useful segue into understanding and unpacking Mai’s performance of gentlemanliness. ’’ She describes here her first meeting with Mai, a quiet well-mannered figure who conveyed gentlemanliness without speaking: Omai came at 2, & Mr Banks & Dr.

11 So, what we have here is Mai performing the role of a gentleman (I will return to this). To continue from the diary: As he had been to Court, he was very fine. He had on a suit of Manchester velvet, Lined with white satten, a Bag, lace Ruffles, & a very handsome sword which the King had given to him. He is tall & very well made . . He makes remarkably good Bows – not for him, but for any body, however long under a Dancing Master’s care. 12 This passage is of interest for a number of reasons.

Such a contrast raises the question of the symposiast as citizen and of the relationship between private and public life. How does the drinker’s own performance compare with the liveliness of the conversation in the symposion that is pictured, or with the performance of the warriors in the scene of warfare? Does the drinker want to be remembered as someone who won in the repartee of the symposion, or someone who won in the combats of the battlefield? What does matter most to him, and what does he want others to think matters most to him?

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