LEGENDS OF BOW+ARROW. SHIRO’s SLIDE–SHOW.

 

 

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WIND… AND KUNOICHI… BOW TOO.

 

KYUDO AND HORSE RIDING SKILLS INHERITED FROM THE SAMURAI MEN AND WOMEN OF ANCIENT JAPAN.

ARCHERY, oft referred to in JAPAN as KYUDO or KYUJUTSU; (click)

is the modern application and TRADITION of  THE WAY OF THE BOW + ARROW (click).

A MASTER BOW MAKER… PLIES HIS ART… HANDS ON… AND FEET ON TOO. LEGEND.

In JAPAN, the ARCHERS Weapon of choice is-

 

YUMI ( 弓 ) = the BOW.

+

YA ( 矢 ) = the ARROW.

ALL…

now a part of,..

 LEGENDS

 OF BOW + ARROW.

In JAPAN of Old,..

as with many other MARTIAL WEAPONRY, it was the RULING class of SAMURAI that formalised the BOW ARTS OF WAR- usually termed KYUJUTSU; into the more SPORTIFIED approach of KYUDO (click).

 

The JAPANESE NATION itself btw,..(click)

was oft referred to as ‘ the PEOPLE OF THE BOW ‘…

both types (click).

 SO THE LEGENDS SAY,..

The LEGENDS of this WAY

tell of targets being hit from across battle-fields, harbors,

hidden by clouds or castle walls;

by day or by night…

 

as well as such as two soldiers,..

killed by,.. just one lone ARROW in it’s flight.

Targeting Shields, the ARROWS gone straight thru

or sending Signals that saved precious lives,..

 

somewhere and somehow,.. the arrow bolt

stayed straight as,..

 

and stayed ARROW true.

PICTURE THIS… IN… ANCIENT JAPAN AND LANDS OF THE SHINOBI …TOKUGAWA CASTLE, EDO.

 

Fleeing… and flying ROYAL PET BIRDS too,..

even on this,

the ARROWwas on Target.

 

Impressive shot indeed,..

non-lethal, straight as, another ARROW true.

Bringing the pet down and home safe-

twas blunted this well-aimed ARCHER’s ARROW,..

no point making a point…

with this fly-a-way jailed-bird.

 

of course, that’s ALL true.

STRAIGHT AS,

 

So these LEGENDS SAY…

about this… the ARCHER’s-

 

BOW + ARROW WAY.

 ARROW… AVALANCHE.?.

LEGENDS too, of incredible ARCHER’s endurance, stamina and will:

 

In 1686… for example;

KYOTO’s SANJUSANGEN-DO ( The HALL OF 33 PILLAR SPANS ) saw

ARCHER WADA DAIHACHI unleash over 8100 ARROWS

 

in just one day.

Distance from WADA’s TARGET…

app. 115 mtrs… so the LEGENDS do say.

THIS WARRIOR… HAS HER WAY OF THE BOW… TARGETED INDEED.

Later too…

on another such JAPANESE day.

 

This one,.. mid MAY,..

1852…

elsewhere it seems, on this day-

JAPAN… FUJIYAMA.

at the respective HALL IN EDO…

saw a great bout, of  fine ARROW play-

saw such arrowed and aimed concentration,

targeted focus indeed too.

 

When ARCHER in-service,.. TSURUTA MASATOKI

flew down briskly,

a touch over 10000…

 

the same WAY.

THIS TARGET IS… TARGETED INDEED. ARROW EVIDENCE… THEREIN.

 CONTINUING THE WAY

The disciplined Japanese approach to such a MARTIAL ART, ensures such as the KYUDO Tradition continues to highlight all the various and particular actions required to perform and target appropriately.

Akin to other MARTIAL WAY’s use of KATA, (click)

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo.com

each movement,

of BOW,.. ARROW and ARCHER:

 

…reflects a functional systematic way, of achieving the precise and smooth coordination to fulfill…

 THE WAY OF THE BOW.

 

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo.com

 

∗ THE STANCE : ASHIBUMI

∗ PREP AND BREATHING : DOZUKURI

∗ NOTCHING THE ARROW : YUGAME

∗ RAISE BOW AND DRAW : UCHIOKOSHI

∗ SETTLE AND DRAW : HIKIWAKE

∗ FINISH FULL DRAW AND TARGETING : KAI

∗ ARROW RELEASE : HANARE

∗ FINAL POSTURE : ZANSHIN

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 SHIRO’s SLIDE–SHOW.

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 THE WAY OF THE BOW.

 

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or then again…

 

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LOOK AT THE SITE’s BOW + ARROW LEGENDS.

STRAIGHT AS.

 

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ARROW,.. STRAIGHT AS.

 

WAY OF THE BOW+ARROW… KUNOICHI KALM  KYUDO STYLE INDEED.

 

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THE WAY OF THE BOW +…

 ARROW.

 STRAIGHT AS…

 by SHIRO.

THIS TARGET IS… TARGETED INDEED. ARROW EVIDENCE… THEREIN.

 

ARCHERY, oft referred to in JAPAN as KYUDO or KYUJUTSU, (click)

is the modern application and TRADITION of  THE WAY OF THE BOW + ARROW (click).

A Global phenomenon.

 

Though indeed, the BOW may release the ARROW and fly TRUE…

the ARROW…

DOES NOT STRAIGHT FLY.

 BOW CURVES…

 ARROW TOO… sort of.

Shiro,.. as a student of the NINPO WAY,

straightens out this LEGENDARY WEAPON,..

 

showing indeed, how BOW bends and curves

with ARROW straightness,..

provide a formidable offensive/defensive capability to your ARTS OF SELF-DEFENCE.

In JAPAN, the ARCHERS Weapon of choice is…

 

YUMI ( 弓 ) = the BOW.

+

YA ( 矢 ) = the ARROW.

 MARTIAL… SPORTS.?.

Along with the SWORD and SPEAR,..

the BOW + ARROW has long been a part of JAPAN’s MARTIAL TRADITIONS.

Amongst certain groups at various times in HISTORY… considered even more worthy of veneration than the SWORD and various ARCHERS of note and ability, were oft highly praised.

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In JAPAN,.. as with many other MARTIAL WEAPONRY, it was the RULING class of SAMURAI that formalised the BOW ARTS OF WAR– usually termed KYUJUTSU; into the more SPORTIFIED approach of KYUDO. (click)

 

Mainly to preserve, both ARROWS…

and SAMURAI students in training presumably.

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 THE BOW AND ARROW…

 THE WAY.

THE WAY OF THE BOW in Japan,

as in many many, other countries and regions etc… goes back to our earliest times. A simple and long used Weapon per se, there still is some evidence remaining for example, that goes well back into the b.c. time periods (click).

Globally,.. inclusion in several LEGENDS and so forth.

 

Images and textual refs are common, as is inclusion in/on Statuary, the Traditional Japanese Wood Block UKIYO-E prints/carvings of differing nature and other cultural artefacts. (click)

Organised CEREMONIES and HUNTS were relatively common in Japanese country or Castle city areas. Such attracted NOBLES, SAMURAI, ARISTOCRATS and the SPORTY Type.

 Bow DOWN… TO THE BOW.

 ARROW,.. ARCH HERALD OF AGES.

The BOW+ARROW has also, long been a part of JAPAN’s official and traditional Society. (click)

The SACRED CEREMONY ;

which commemorates the founding of the Nation and is held in a Sacred SHINTO Shrine precinct for example;

includes displays from THE WAY OF THE BOW.

 

The KAMAKURA/TOKYO ( YABUSAME ) annual Festival, NEW YEAR ( HARAI ) Celebrations and the announcement of ROYAL BIRTHS too ( HIKIME ),.. have long been accompanied by the BOW… (click)

and due to the nature of things… lots of Japanese… bowing too.

The birth of an addition to the ROYAL FAMILY btw…

is one where the SACRED BOW launches a somewhat specialised CEREMONIAL ARROW ( TANJO HIKINU ).

 

This contains… and launches,..

an intricately manufactured ARROW-HEAD ( YA JIRI ); a

 

PERFORATED type ARROW-HEAD,

which emits during flight a whirring whistling sound…

thus birth,..

heralded by sound from THE BOW+ARROW.

Such is this Japanese WAY

 

and more peeps bowing too i guess in response.

 

Sounds… sweet.

On target too.

 SUMO BOW… BOW SUMO.

Those who RESEARCH a lil deeper than most… will see and find that MANY MARTIAL WAYSINTERLINK… in some way.

Sometimes surprisingly so.

Such here, is with the SUMO… and their MARTIAL WAY.

 

Whilst on the surface,..

the so called Modern approach to broadcasting of such events manages to entertain,..

 

tis also manages to obscure MANY things…

 

esp. of LEGEND, TRADITION and so forth… for the

SUMO AND THE BOW+ARROW… are WAYs deep indeed.

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Akin to the SAMURAI and their SWORD veneration,

The SUMO WAY has inherited THE BOW+ARROW.

 

It continues to promote this ANCIENT LEGACY and TRADITION thru Ceremonial Displays within it’s own, rather than the normal ARCHERY outward BOW target work and play etc. The Refs and LEGENDS, for example;

tell of the necessity for the presence of a BOW-MASTER during the Closing Ceremony of a Champion’s Tournament (click)

 

Furthermore,.. a special SUMO AWARD; the YUMITORI SHIKI:

is also bestowed on and presented to…

an appropriate CHAMPION SUMO exponent from the Tournament proper.

 

The AWARD is a SACRED BOW.

In this presentation of

the SUMO CHAMP’s arrowed appreciation and acceptance, this

involves a Ceremonial whirl of MARTIAL WAY Form and Dance type movements,..

 

by SUMO…

BOW… in tow. LEGENDs. Indeed.

 

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 WEAPON INTEL #5.

Due to the nature of this WEAPONRY TYPE,.. a LARGE VARIETY

of BOW, STRING, ARROW, ARROW-HEADS AND TAILS/FEATHERS TOO.

 

Many components designed for particular uses and targets…

live or otherwise.

The INTEL INFO presented herein will present the BASICS per se in each of the COMPONENTS that collectively represent the THE BOW+ARROW,.. to provide an overview for the MARTIAL student.

Modern Experts in each of the applicable Trades can be quite easily found online if further knowledge is sought or required…

check with your SENSEI perhaps too for suggestions.

 

 BASIC LAYOUT:

 TERMS/COMPONENTS.

 BOW + ARROW …=… YUMIYA.

 

 YUMI  弓  YA  矢 

 

 JAP.TERMS

 VISUAL AID/PICS:

 

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Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo.com

 

 BOW TYPES:

 

 COMMON NAMES/TERMS

 

CROSS-BOW : DOKYU

FORTRESS/CASTLE BOW : O-YUMI

HORSE-BACK BOW : UMA YUMI

HUNTING BOW : SUZUME YUMI

RATTAN BOUND BOW : SHIGE no YUMI

ROUNDWOOD BOW : MARU-KI

SHORT, SMALL BOW : AZUSA, BANKYU, HANKYU

SHOULDER BRACED BOW : TEPPO YUMI

SMALL, REPLICA, PLAY BOW : YOKYU

TARTAR REPLICA BOW : HOKO YUMI

WAR BOW : DAIKYU

 

 BOW MAKERS and bowing formally…

are both,.. JAPANESE TRADITIONS.

 

The JAPANESE NATION itself btw,..(click)

was oft referred to as ‘ the PEOPLE OF THE BOW ‘…

both types. (click)

 

The Ancient Japanese BOW + ARROW specialist MAKERS could rely on an awesome array of components for the aspiring ARCHER.

 

BOWS… and bows for all occasions indeed.

Each and every Component could be built to size and requirement,..

if so desired ( and afforded ) by the ARCHER.

BOW,.. STRING,.. ARROW too.

 

A large diverse range of readily available base materials ensured suitability.

Ceremonial,.. training, hunting and war.

All types easily catered to and for.

 

WORK WORK

 

The ongoing demand for DEPENDABLE products of the trades and crafts of WEAPONRY manufacture ensured also,.. a high quality Trades people would find much needed work, worth their while.

This too, encouraged and allowed a TRADITION and WAY to evolve. (click)

 

BOW MASTER : YUMISHINAN

MASTER BOW MAKER + ARCHER : ONYUMISHI

 

BOWSTRING : TSURU, TSURAO

ELASTIC BOWSTRING : KUSUNE

PLUCKING the BOWSTRING : NUIGEN

 

 

 STRINGS THAT BIND

 THE BOW.

Along with the various woods and metals incorporated into the BOW+ARROW,.. such as BONE, IVORY and SILK

could be substituted for ceremonial or aesthetic purposes/reasons by the MAKERS and BOW STRINGERS. (click)

A good look indeed.

 

BOW COMPONENTS: WOOD, METAL, BONE, IVORY

ARROW COMPONENTS : WOOD, METAL, SILK, FEATHERS

STRING COMPONENTS : HEMP, SINEW, SILK

 

ARROW MAKER : HIYA

MASTER ARROW MAKER : O-HIYA

MASTER BOW STRINGER : TSURA SASHI

 THE ARROW

Manufacturing Specialists furthermore,..

such as the master makers, would… and could, easily provide the ARCHER in-training with easy… and cheaper access to the required equipment.

ROUNDED TIP ENDS, PADDED TIPS, WOODEN TIPS and so forth were also in the range on offer.

No wasted shot here it seems.

Cheap shots abound,.. though indeed.

 

ARROW FEATHERS btw… are made from…

the FEATHERS of the larger Birds of Prey.

 

LEFT CURVE FEATHERS : HAYA

RIGHT CURVE FEATHERS : OTOYA

SPECIALIST ARROW MAKER : YA HAKI

 

BLUNT ARROW : MATO YA

ROUNDED ARROW : KI HOKO

 

ARROW BAMBOO SHAFT : YADAKE

ARROW REED SHAFT : YAGARA

 

ARROW TIP/HEAD : YAJIRI

 

 

 ARROW TYPES.

ARROW VARIETY PACK… SOME OLD… SOME NEW. Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo.com

 

 ARROW-HEAD… of many faces.

 YA JIRI… the MAJOR SHAPES :

 

BARBED : WATAKUSHI

CHISEL : TSUBEKI ne

DRAGON’s TONGUE : RINZETSU

KITE : TOBU

NARROW WILLOW LEAF : HOSO YANAGIBA

POINTED : TOGARI

2 POINTED, bifurcated : KARIMATA

SIGNAL, whistling : HIKIME, HINIKI, KABURA, MEITEKI

SMARTWEED LEAF : TADENARI

SPADE : RYOKAI

SWORD POINT : TSURUGI JIRI

TRIANGULAR : SANKAKU

WILLOW LEAF : YANAGIBA

 

 

THE SOUND OF THE ARROW : HYAGO

The ARROW HEADS… + TAIL/FEATHERS… all reflect diversity.

Indeed… and in fact too.

 

As with any of the major types of WEAPONRY Manufacture and associated Black-smith type Trades;

there was oft great technical care in the production processes of ALL COMPONENTS. The MAKERS used and adapted knowledge passed down from WAR,.. SWORD-SMITHING,.. CARPENTRY,.. WILD GAME LORE, LEATHERS,.. and so forth.

These TRADITIONS were indeed HANDS ON.

Soldiers…

of any and all natures, in the obvious need for SELF-DEFENCE,..

were outfitted… in those times… HAND MADE per se.

 

Made by TRADE + WEAPONRY Specialists,..

many are with subtle, oft innovative design differences.

Oft unique too… just like THE ARCHERS themselves.

LEGENDS.

 

BOW… and bow down.

 TARGETING…

 ARCHERY’s TERMS

 for TARGETS

 

ARCHERY RANGE/CONCOURSE : IBA, YABA, MATOBA, YADO

ARCHERY TARGET PRACTICE/TRAINING : KAKAUCHI

BOW+ARROW SET : KYUSEN

BAMBOO HAT TARGET : KASAGAKE

DEER TARGET : KUSAJISHI

LARGE TARGET : O-MATO

ROUND TARGET : MARUMONO

STRAW BUNDLE TARGET : MAKIWARA

TRI TARGET SHOOTING DRILL : YABUSAME

 

 THE HUNT IS ON…

BIG GAME HUNT : MAKIGARI

BIRD HUNT : OITORIGARI

DOG HUNT : INUOI

 

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo.com

 QUIVER

 ALL OVER THE WORD.

QUIVER COMPONENTS : WOOD, LEATHER, FURS

 

 

ANCIENT STYLE QUIVER : KACHIYUKI

ARROW CASE : YABAKO

BOW STAND : CHADO KAKE

BOX QUIVER CONTAINER : YATSUBO, YAZATSU

CYLINDRICAL ARROW STAND : YADATE

DECORATED  QUIVER CASE : HEIKOROKU

FLAT QUIVER CASE : IKA (usually willow wood).

HUNTING QUIVER : KARI YEBIRA

LEATHER QUIVER BASKET : TSURU MAKI

QUIVER (basic) : YEBIRA

WOOD TYPE : OURUMA (similar yew).

 

 A-Z of… YUMIYA’s

 ARCHER’s ASSORTED

 MISCELLANY.

 

THE GOD OF WAR,.. HACHIMAN (nick-name) : ASYUMI

THE LEFT HAND (the BOW hand…) (nick-name) : YUMI-no TE

ANCIENT NOBILITY : KUGE

ARCHER : ITE

ARCHER ADEPT : SHAGEI

ARCHER EXPERT ( ‘ Holder of the BOW ‘ ) : YUMI TORI

ARCHERY : KYUDO

ARROW TAIL FEATHERS : OTSUBA

BOW MASTER : YUMISHINAN

CLOSE RANGE SHOT : KOKASAGAKE

LONG RANGE SHOT : TOKASAGAKE

SAMURAI MILITARY ARISTOCRAT : BUKE

TRADITIONAL JAP.WRESTLING WAY : SUMO

 

THE WAY OF THE BOW+ARROW : KYUJUTSU

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  SYSTEM OF THE WAY.

Until eclipsed by the GUNNERY,..

the ARCHERS were ELITE SOLDIERS.

BOWMAN’s VIEW…

 

Collectively many battles were decided + won with the oft repeated draw of the BOW.

LEGENDS are peppered throughout. (click) (click)

From the very well aimed,..

thru to the casual upwards flick of the particular fingers concerned…

opposite of hand peace sign perhaps here (click).

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo.com

The disciplined Japanese approach to such a MARTIAL ART, ensures such as the KYUDO Tradition continues to highlight all the various and particular actions required to perform and target appropriately.

Akin to other MARTIAL WAY’s use of KATA, (click)

each movement, of BOW and ARCHER reflects a functional systematic way, of achieving the precise and smooth coordination to fulfill…

 THE WAY OF THE BOW.

∗ THE STANCE : ASHIBUMI

∗ PREP AND BREATHING : DOZUKURI

∗ NOTCHING THE ARROW : YUGAME

∗ RAISE BOW AND DRAW : UCHIOKOSHI

∗ SETTLE AND DRAW : HIKIWAKE

∗ FINISH FULL DRAW AND TARGETING : KAI

∗ ARROW RELEASE : HANARE

∗ FINAL POSTURE : ZANSHIN

 NINJA YUMI DATA…

SHINOBI SELECTION PACK… FIRE ARROW INCLUDED INDEED …HI YA. LEGEND.

FIRE ARROW : HIYA, BOHIYA

B GRADE MARTIAL MOVIE SHOUT : HIIII YAAH.!. biff,bam…baddies fall etc.

 

Long prior to the Modern use of technology to increase one’s fire-power,..

SAMURAI and NINJA too, used the POWER of FIRE to increasingly…(click)

set their world on fire.!.

VARIETY ANCIENT WEAPON DESIGNS…

 

FIRE ARROW…HI YA… BOHIYA.

 

 ARROWS ALIGHT

 GETTING THE BOW

 ALL FIRED UP.

 AN ARROW DOES NOT FLY…

 STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW.?.

SHIRO SAYS… THE BEND AND CURVES…

THE ARROW GOES THRU…

 

STAY STRAIGHT AS…

ARROW TRUE.

 

POWER DELIVERED VIA

A LINEAR HARMONIC OSCILLATION.

PULL TIGHT… POWER UP.

 

BOW DOWN.

 

LET THE ARROW… SHOW YOU.

SLO-MO VISUAL OF LAUNCH OF A STRAIGHT ARROW SHOWING THE STRESSES AND MOTIONS OF IT’S FLIGHT.

 

 

THE WAY OF THE KUNOICHI, BOW + ARROW… Photo Credit/Thanks: Armstreet.

 

 

 

 THE WAY OF THE BOW.

…FROM SHIRO

 

THIS RESEARCH ARTICLE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF

MRS.HELLA HOLWEG

who moved on to the next during this time and whose support

of this NINJA student will always be appreciated and noted.

rip.

A PLACE…TO REST.

 

TILL NEXT…Shiro says… take care and,..

 

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STRAIGHT AS LEGENDS OF THE WAY.

 

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9 UNIQUE AND CLASSIC WEAPONS OF ANCIENT JAPAN.

 

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WEAPONS INTEL  #2

 

 9 UNIQUE AND CLASSIC

 WEAPONS OF ANCIENT JAPAN.

 

Ninjutsu has become somewhat synonymous with unusual weaponry. This is derived in essence, from NINPO.

Whereby nothing, something, anything and everything is a weapon…or can be…or not.

Unusual or unique weaponry truly has a long history and connection with Mankind.

ALL over the World.

MAP OF THE WORLD ASIAN STYLE.

ANCIENT ASIAN MAP OF THE WORLD…

9 Unique and Classic Weapons of Ancient Japan.

Wherever we fight…they may be…

in some form.

 

 1. The SHURIKEN.

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1. The SHURIKEN…: The linkueininja collection. Showing several variety of star or projectile type. Can also be bladed. The iconic ‘ throwing star ‘; SHURIKEN’s literal meaning is ‘ palm blade ‘. In olden times too, the SHURIKEN was often referred to as a ‘ hibuki/kakushibuki ‘ or ‘ secret/concealed ‘ type Weapon. Oft. carried in loosely tied packs/bundles within one’s clothes. A distracting/hindering weapon in concept though other uses such as aiding punching/striking/blocking are noted. The art of use soon became a Tradition, usually being referred to as SHURIKEN JUTSU. They appear first chronicled around 1080 ish, being referred to as ‘ shuriken ni utsu ‘ in the HIYORI no KI which describes events of the Later Three Years War ‘ Gosannen no Eki ‘. An olden RYU still continuing the Tradition is that of the MEIFU SHINKAGE RYU. Many of the techniques inherent mainly involve both Sword and SHURIKEN, in combination or consecutive movements/actions. Btw…BOTH of these weapons…Can be used/thrown to surprising effect…or to effect surprise indeed.

SHURIKEN + co…MODERN REPRODUCTIONS…VERY LARGE VARIETY PACK…

 

 2. The SASUMATA.

2. The SASUMATA

GOT HIM

GOTCHA…the SASUMATA ( and variations ) can indeed be non-lethal weaponry whilst still possessing high offensive/defensive potential. A stereo-typical olden police/guard ‘ restraining/capturing weapon ‘. With it’s long reach and the shaped catch area being made of metal, extremely useful too against even armored opponents. High-defensive structure and capabilities and intent. The STAFF/handle could be metal or wood, possibly with further attachments. As with others in this review; there are historically many with subtle yet very effective add-ons/variations. Tips, barbs, chain/rope attached, hook devices and more. This type of common-sense approach to a weapons development meant that most opponents could be confidently approached then somewhat easily levered or pressured against, as well as the opponent’s weapon if so req. With unique versatility, the  SASUMATA, with a long history too, probably not as bloody as some. But still a classic.

sasumata trio types

SASUMATA TIP ENDS VARIETY PACK…

 

The 9 weapons herein are not necessarily confined to the NINJA and KUNOICHI Traditions. Many other Martial Traditions from Japan and around the World utilise similar weaponry…for similar reasons.

Useful and oft. readily available and many with non-lethal potential. With both offensive and defensive applications inherent. Some relatively simpler to learn too.

Ideal for self-defence.

 

 3. The JUTTE.

JUTTE EVERYWHERE...

3. THE JUTTE AND CO…

CAUGHT BY JUTTE

 The JUTTEanother unique weapon classic with high non-lethal potential as well as high offensive/defensive capabilities. Similar in concept/theme to the previous SASUMATA though directed primarily at bladed weapon defense rather than personnel; in particular, the SAMURAI’s KATANA sword. Aka the SWORD CATCHER. Technically, a rather sophisticated weapons combat form developed involving skillful parries of the opponent’s blade combining with effective percussive and thrusting strikes/blocks. If the blade was caught and trapped, simple leverage/pressure/twists etc would remove the opponent’s hands from their weapon. The hilt could also butt-hit with force just as with the main rod; the weapon sometimes thrown if req. Wordplay with it’s name has also revealed one of it’s inner secrets…for the word ju(t)te literally means ‘ has the strength of ten hands ‘.

JUTTE MAKEUP

JUTTE COMPONENTS…

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SHIRO’s JAP. JUTTE 1990.                                 The JUTTE was another also mainly used historically by police/guards as a ‘ disarming/restraining ‘ tool. Usually non-sharpened, ( though rare, bladed examples are known of ), a solid metal rod with a catch tine/fork; more than adequate against armor too. Can be easily enhanced by addition of rope/chain attachments on handle end or inside a special hollowed handle cavity section. Some had a hilt-guard and were oft. carried in a scabbard too. Usage of the JUTTE became so prevalent ( +effective vs sword ) that at times in history it became the ‘ symbol ‘ for the civil police forces. Renegade/criminal Samurai…beware… JUTTE will catch you out…

 

 4. The KUSARIGAMA.

4. The KUSARIGAMA…the chain and sickle blade combo well known to martial art movie-goers. Another unique weapon classic with high potential offensive/defensive capabilities. Many women of the EDO period for example recognised this and became proficient in its use. It’s relatively light-weight construction and flowing CHAIN movement possibly enhanced/understood by female innate rhythm kept training levels high. The infamous MIYAMOTO MUSASHI NITO KEN ( double/twin SWORD techniques ) were even adapted by such as NITO SHINKAGE RYU to accomodate twin sickle usage. Needless to say the training was long and arduous.( Refer to intel #3+4 for DIY KUSARIGAMA + other   training weapon manufacture ideas ). A uniquely effective weaponry combo. Though…during training you may well find yourself wrapped in chainSHIRO did.

SHIRO'S DIY KUSARIGAMA

SHIRO’s DIY KUSARIGAMA: NOTE the CHAIN CAN BE NEAR BLADE OR END HANDLE…also note… Whilst SHIRO has favourite weapons…he does not favor weapons…even such as this awesome weapon has limitations as with ANY/EVERY other. For example; the great Sword Master MUSASHI, when experiencing difficulty getting his weapon into range due to his KusariGama wielding opponents chain’s ability to create space- eventually…though a lil desperately too…threw his sword through the air-space quite some distance to effect a victory. Great throw…bad catch. To reiterate/stress this point of learning to use AND KNOW any/all weapons whenever you train…also consider the Life of Weapons Master YAMADA SHINRYUKAN who lost it when his opponent Master Swordsman ARAKI MATAEMON overcame SHINRYUKAN’s KusariGama techniques and capabilities of creating space…by removing such space-by confining and trapping him in a Bamboo Grove where his Sword had enough room to move… whilst the Kusarigama met and chopped only fresh wood Bamboo entangled at every turn of the Chain… The next hungry wandering Bamboo Rat got his meal…sliced and diced. Just like SHINRYUKAN. Noted.

+ a KUSARIGAMA VARIETY PACK…

 5. The KAKUTE.

5. The KAKUTEThe finger sized knuckleduster ring. A very large range of types and varieties in this category show use historically. Many semi-concealable, if not fully… esp. at night/dim light. High offensive/defensive potential, combined, very likely, with the element of surprise, shock and subsequent onset of intense pain and loss of confidence for the opponent as a probable result. The opponent may indeed ‘ not know what hit them ‘ and has also been struck bewilderingly forceful. Some, if not many are also semi multi-purpose. The hand-claws ( SHUKO ) for example are oft. alternatively used as gripping/climbing aids, just as well as in combat. The LEGENDARY COMIC HERO WOLVERINE grows his own unique and stylish long version of this type from the inside out… The KAKUTE and etc are also another unique weapon classic that has a low learning curve; requiring little training time to ‘ grasp ‘ the fundamentals whilst instantly adding much ‘ oomph ‘ to your blocks/strikes/grabs/slaps etc. Semi-useful too against armor and blades, easily hidden…yet …readily at hand…or is that  ‘ under-handed ‘…

KAKUTEGET A GRIP!..THAT’S HANDY!!

KAKUTE…WITH THIS RING I THEE…DEFEND QUITE WELL THANKYOU...

TRAINING TIPS.

Some unique and versatile modern day Weapon training variations/alternatives such as

key ring items, backpack, cup of hot tea, the broom or iron and cord, your mothers rolling pin, a helmet, pepper shaker +contents, your dog, bicycle lock and chain, hairspray, ashtray +contents, coat-hanger, the coat etc etc are prime examples of  daily items easily doubling as self-defence weaponry if so required.

ALL can be used offensively or defensively.

ALL.

ninja

ALL will distract giving time and distance, 

ALL will trap/hook/strike/hinder etc,

ALL will block…all of course to varying degrees and manners depending on the nature of incident and their application. By using your imagination within training and trying different items and combos…you may well end up inventing a Unique Weapon variation of your own…

maybe even a Classic.

Njoy…

 

 6. The KAGINAWA.

6. The KAGINAWAA uniquely simple weapon combo+multi-purpose tool. A hook and rope. Simple. Akin to the usage of the LASSO rope it’s historical uses are very many…by very many (people). An all round effective restraining/binding/trapping/tying weapon type. Doubles as a climbing aid and for snaring wild game…or wild men. Offensive/defensive indeed can the KAGINAWA be. The rope was cut to a length that enabled at least 1 man to be very well tied up. The hook, if reqd. would aid capture…then ‘ clip ‘ the tied rope all tight/firm. Variations of hooks to suit intended use would apply… just like…fishing perhaps. During the reign of the TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE for example, many in Law-enforcement were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in such weapon training. Just Learning the ropes…by the sound of it...

The KAGINAWA will leave the crim all tied up. Are you hooked yet ?…                                                                                        ROPE TYING became a specialty, an art and a Tradition and the involved RYU would endeavor to create workable, both quick and slow, effective rope tying techniques and methods capable of binding the captured; possibly for days on end during transport to places of judgement. Such methods displayed an intimate and thorough anatomical understanding. As generally noted in the literature on the subject; these skills were perfected whilst ALSO having to maintain a certain aesthetic look. This was  dependent and corresponding ONLY to such as the known TOTAL ‘ status ‘  ( incl.such as social / sex / profession / convictions etc ) of the captured party. Basically, this means indeed,..= your own ‘ unique  character ‘ defined the way and manner of your own classic ropey restraints…and number of knots. Tying it all together using only a rope and hook. Oft. termed HOJOJUTSU or NAWAJUTSU etc. Ropes btw were made from HEMP.

KAGINAWA ROPED UP...

KAGINAWA data…

 7. The KYOKETSU SHOGE.

7. The KYOKETSU SHOGE...A stylish Ninja variation of the previous classic Kaginawa with farming tool/blade add-ons to boot. Consisting of hook-dagger, rope+ring this weapon’s name has one of the more endearing meanings. A literal translation of ‘run around fields and mountains‘. ( Apart from being a ninja pastime…its relative meaning is unknown to Shiro at the moment ). The hook-dagger blade tends to be double-edged, attached to some 4 to 6mtrs of rope, chain or…hair, with a ring-weight on the other end. YES…HAIR…human or horse the mentioned preferred sources apparently. Indeed, another unique weapon with high offensive/defensive potential and capabilities. As with others herein, the usual multi-purpose weapon/tool label rightly applies. KYO. SHOGE  techniques include Blade slash/thrust/hook actions into armor/personnel, usual rope/chain and (not-so-usual) HAIR abilities of creating space and distance from opponent( or incl. as a climbing aid etc ) and a multi-purpose ring too. Such as a weighted end wrap-around item ( like Spanish BOLOS ), or as a foot-step during climbing , a knuckle-duster device during combat and as a weapon encircling/catching aid too.                …So, are you thinking of owning a unique HAIR powered SHOGE..? …well,…i hope RAPUNZEL has a Japanese cousin whose father is a Blacksmith?…Me too.

DEFENSIVE/OFFENSIVE CAPABILITIES…

WORK WORK

Do not be led into thinking that the CORD/ROPE/CHAIN/HAIR section of some of the ANCIENT WEAPONS herein is just a simple item or after-thought. Great care and technical production was put into their manufacture according to the need. The making of CHAIN for example became a sub-speciality within the Blacksmith’s Trade. This was due to the intensive labour and time req. to forge high quality chain-links. The end-product had to withstand strong forces indeed. Defending against such as the KATANA Sword, YARI Spear or even larger NAGINATA Halberd is wrought with danger. A special smithing forge process of ‘ wakashitsuke ‘…=of ‘ first seperate+then join ‘ became necessary. Each and every chain-link was to be forged individually and then hammered PERFECTLY together. Special MUD was applied to the link joins during such processes…ANY weak link…would be fatal. The Metal used was usually an IRON composite which, if worked and forged correctly; formed CHAIN RINGS of ultra high strength. Able to take on the HEAVY WEAPONRY. The weakest link…would now be hard to find indeed. Another classic.

KYOKETSU SHOGE STYLE…SWORD IS SNARED…NECK TOO NOW…

 BALANCING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE.

THIS IS LAW...

A POINT OF LAW…

As a matter of interest; shiro noted that impressions/opinions of MANY of the sources used: indicated that many such unique and unusual classic Weapons as like those reviewed herein were; very possibly DIRECTLY a result of the ruling Samurais attempt to monopolize the KATANA sword for their legal use only.

By simply banning the public from using such a favored weapon, whilst retaining the rights ONLY for Samurai led to somewhat dramatic increases in unique and unusual weapons with high offensive/defensive capabilities being made…and used.

 

The LAW was not balanced for ALL.

A classic problem.

Thus- to compensate the obvious gap and bias;

the Common People need self-defence too.

 

Such as the 9 Unique and Classic Weapons of  Ancient Japan herein.

Simple…and balanced.

 

 8. The TOKKO.

8. THE TOKKO...LAYOUT PLAN…UNSURPRISED… A unique Weapon with a surprising Religious twist. A somewhat specialised item. During troubled times a Priest may find much to fill time and travel, yet travel itself can become troubling. Many such took regular and necessary advantage of the many WALKING STICKS/STAFFS which at this time in History were an essential travel aid item. However…the usage of such indoors where space was limited and the Weapons reach advantages etc negated – a more personal defence system was req. In self-defence of the Religious…how far would you go ? The Priests of Buddhism and Tantrism were oft., like the renowned SHAOLIN MONKS in China,  subject to particular persecution- Considering the Profession, a Symbol from Heaven was perhaps needed ? Introducing the surprising  TOKKO, an iconic Weapon, an icon that became a Weapon. Classic…and Unique indeed…not surprised ?…yet…

The TOKKO, according to the LEGENDS was styled on the indestructible HEAVENLY THUNDERBOLT representation. A symbolic and ritual item. Usually hand-held though mounted types known as well. Could be mounted on a variety of weapons, both LIVE or CEREMONIAL though the STAFF type appears most prevalent in this mounted group. The concept historically has links to the Ancient Worlds of INANNA’s INDIA and other Asian regions. Deriving from such as the Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism Traditions. The founder of Shingon Buddhism for example, KOBO DAISHI KUKAI ( 774-835 ) is oft. depicted pictorially and documented with such items. Akin in theme to the KAKUTE mentioned earlier and with many of the same advantages and applications; though not so easily hidden and concealed. An added bonus here is that the TOKKO could however, practically go ‘ anywhere and everywhere ‘ the Priest went, whilst WEAPONS per se Legally…could not; due to weapon bearing restrictions and/or security reasons. Go  anywhere TOKKO indeed. Surprised ?…let’s OPEN up shall we…

THE TOKKO SURPRISE Another unique Weapon with high offensive/defensive potential and the surprise shock value too. The prong ends were ideal for self-defence application allowing penetrating stabs and thrusts to have good effect whilst defences/blocks would be greatly enhanced. The prong number could be varied too. Percussive effects obvious. A couple of variations in design of size, shapes and symbol style noted. Some were single -pointed basic stab type, others shaped and curved for use as per knuckle-dusters etc. Metal used was BRONZE or IRON. Primarily manufactured using the period CAST FORGING Smith techniques which in turn seem inherited from both Siberian and Chinese metallurgical sources. Having high inherent strength, there is mention too of its use to block and deflect, even shatter blades of the enemy strikes. That’s a classic surprise…Go TOKKO indeed.

 

 9. The SHIKOMI ZUE.

9. The SHIKOMI ZUEA Walking-stick ?…LOOks can indeed deceive…or deceive indeed can LOOks…A HOLLOWED STICK, CANE OR STAFF. A hollow w/stick with concealed add-ons ( or should that be add-ins…). Another unique Weapon within the surprise theme. High potential. Staying with the theme of public safety and self-defence and as mentioned earlier the w/stick was a travel necessity in the days of old. Nobody went out without one…or two. Constant and persistent travel on unsealed roads, paths and trails oft. thru somewhat mountainous country was physically challenging…just like Bandits tended to be. A w/stick should suit both of these occasions just fine. Culture and movie MARTIAL LEGEND ZATOICHI, the Blind Weapons Master is an ideal classic representation of the perennial wandering HERO  and is one who carries the SHIKOMI ZUE STICK…that is a WEAPON-in-disguise.

SHIKOMI ZUE +co...

A SHIKOMI ZUE VARIETY PACK COLLECTION…The ‘Stick‘; when grabbed and pulled would reveal it’s concealed SCABBARD Nature. Ideally, this split/pull would leave the ‘ Handle ‘+Weapon in YOUR hands…the now empty stick scabbard in your opponents…hopefully some surprise, wariness and fear creeping in their Hearts too. Ideal for NINJA and KUNOICHI. Many RYU techniques devised specific solutions and feints to encourage the grabs…and further offensive/defensive actions to follow up. Just remember to hold the SHIKOMI ZUE the correct way…blind or not.

shikomi zue in+unzipped...

A very olden concept; variations abound here historically with the SHIKOMI ZUE… As does potential, capabilities and applications. Changes to such as special features, size, shape, blade or weapon inclusion type and number of hollow sections noted. Blade/Weapon items include a variety/selection of spear-heads, short(er) swords, daggers, spikes, rods, chain lengths and even a JUTTE ( reviewed earlier ) could all be concealed in a hollow w/stick. BLOW-PIPES naturally suit. Lots of choices. Other hollow sections could hold any number of things; a fire-starter kit, blinding powder, powdered herbs and foodstuff…basically whatever the SHIKOMI ZUE’s owner desired/preferred…or could fit. Mention is made too of quite a few rare examples of particular designs that resemble other social and cultural items of everyday use…besides the STICK that is…that could also be used to accommodate/conceal a Weapon. Examples include a long barrelled FLUTE concealing a long blow-pipe or thin short sword/dagger…and still play… hopefully. Short versions of these available of course as well. Another noted was a metallic SMOKING PIPE, almost club-length, which had a Hilt-Guard and oversized metal tobacco bowl the size of a basic hammers head…and surely hurt as much too. Many such unique SHIKOMI ZUE’s special w/sticks were likely made-to-order per se…whether you be blind, flute play, tobacco smoke…or not. Classic indeed.

 

 9 UNIQUE AND CLASSIC WEAPONS OF ANCIENT JAPAN

 

The SHURIKEN,

SASUMATA,

JUTTE,

KUSARIGAMA,

KAKUTE,

KAGINAWA,

KYOGETSU SHOGE,

TOKKO and

SHIKOMI ZUE.

 

ALL UNIQUE.

ALL CLASSICS.

TRAIN. SURVIVE.

 NINPO IKKAN NINJA +KUNOICHI.

 

SHIRO’s SWORD OF UMBRELLA BONUS PIC… A modern and non-lethal but classic wannabe, themed on levity and personal dryness. In honor of the reversal of the unique SHIKOMI ZUE concept THE SWORD OF UMBRELLA takes it’s deserved place in on…SHIRO’s Weapon Clothes Rack…YEP…LOOks like a Sword…LOOKS lil cloudy out too…classic, i need something unique…gotta keep me and my blinding powder dry ! Gotta Go training…

 

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