Secret Weapons of Jujutsu (Tuttle Martial Arts)

Secret Weapons of Jujutsu (Tuttle Martial Arts)

Don Cunningham

Language: English

Pages: 90

ISBN: 0804834229

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Secret Weapons of Jujutsu is the first jujutsu book in English that deals with the full array of small hand weapons used by the Japanese samurai and constabulary.

This martial arts manual includes a history of the weapons and discussions of hibuki (concealed weapons), improvised weapons, and traditional battlefield weapons such as: kansashi (a long, pointed metal hairpin worn by men and women) kokai and kudzuka (small utility knives) shoku (fire ax) shakuhachi (a bamboo flute — a particular favorite of monks) yawara (short wooden rod) manriki-gusari (weighted chain) suntetsu (short iron bar) lessen (iron war fan).

Secret Weapons of Jujutsu discusses the weapons and demonstrates their use, in a series of clear, easy to follow photographs. Also included are historical photographs, as well as reproductions of paintings and line drawings, of these weapons and their bearers.

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documents giving them exclusive rights to play the shakuhachi and to solicit alms with it. In return for this privilege, the komuso agreed to spy on the activities of other ronin, watching for any signs of a potential rebellion. In any case, no longer part of the samurai class, the komuso were forbidden to wear their swords. According to legend, the komuso redesigned the shakuhachi from the root of bamboo. By making it longer and stouter, the shakuhachi flute could then also be used like a club.

frequently severe. When summoned to appear before his lord for some fault, therefore, Akira Murashige knew his life was on the line. With the approval of their lord, Oda Nobunaga’s retainers planned to ambush him during his initial greeting. They arranged for the audience to occur with Oda Nobunaga seated in one room and Akira Murashige in an adjoining room. The two rooms were separated by heavy wooden sliding doors. Several retainers were hidden on both sides of these doors, prepared to crush

symbolic of truth, where they gave their evidence and the criminals heard their judgments. The most severe crimes were punished by execution, often with the body being exposed for some time period as a warning to others. A samurai might have been allowed to perform ritual suicide, or seppuku, to preserve his honor. Less severe punishment might involve various degrees of banishment, ranging from exile on distant islands to as little as restricting the criminal from returning to their home

the jutte is in the shaft-extended grip. Same side draw to shaft-parallel grip 1. Grip the handle with your right hand in the thumb up position. 2. Draw the jutte into the shaft-parallel grip. The jutte guard should be facing away from you. Uke waza (blocking techniques) The following techniques are basic uke (blocking) techniques used against an unarmed opponent. In most cases, the same blocks can be used to counter either your opponent’s fist strike or kick from either side. The

Standing straight arm holding technique. Situation: The opponent attempts a strike with his fist. Refer to Figure 74. 1. Step forward and strike your opponent’s striking arm just above the elbow. 2. Pass your weapon under your opponent’s striking arm and take hold of the shaft of the weapon with your hand. 3. Trap your opponent’s forearm against your bicep. 4. Step forward and pivot, bringing your leg back. 5. Twist by pulling with your hand and force your opponent to the ground.

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