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framac77

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Knots of the Samurai
« on: December 11, 2019, 07:17:36 PM »
Hi there folks, new member here. Apologies if this topic has been covered before now, and also for the length of the first post...
OK so, a little bit of background for context.
I'm a martial arts instructor and practicioner, I've been studying traditional Japanese jujitsu for almost ten years now, and my current rank is nidan second degree black belt. I am currently working towards my next grade, sandan third degree black belt, which brings me to my point and question. As part of my ongoing learning I now need to learn some knots which may have been used by the Samurai of old. The Samurai were lawmen as well as warriors and being an insular nation, there were no shackles used on prisoners. They were tied using differing knots and types of cord, depending on the person's social status. So for instance a governor would be tied differently to say, a farmer, should either be found to have broken the law.
So, I'm trying to figure out some knots which would be able to be made in-line on a single length of cord which is around 6m in length, which could bind wrists etc, but could be quickly and easily released. For verification that I'm not some nut job I can direct you to the Facebook page for the Scottish jujitsu society where I train 😊
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Re: Knots of the Samurai
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
Just because I was curious, a quick Googling (which I'm sure you've done already) shows us:

Wikipedia giving us terms:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hojōjutsu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ittatsu-ryū

Doing some quick searches using the specific terms in the Ittatsu-ryu articles gives one some illustrations of basic terms:
http://mahoutsukai-dojo.co.uk/ittatsuryu.htm

A California school where you can take classes:
http://www.suigetsuwest.com/hojojutsu.html

A book with a really offputting cover:
https://douglaskentrope.com/collections/all-hojojutsu-stuff/products/rogue-hojojutsu

A short article:
https://medium.com/classical-martial-arts/hojōjutsu-the-science-of-rope-arresting-9072aa6ccc39

A group that putatively researches the subject:
http://www.hojojutsu.org/

A "martial arts research academy" on:
https://classicalmartialartsresearch.wordpress.com/category/hojojutsu-heiho-2/


Not what you were asking about, but samurai (armour) knots nonetheless

Lengthy discussion on a Japanese sword forum (in English):
http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/20083-knot-between-shoulder-blades/

How to tie the knot in context:
http://ikkaiyoroi.com/himo03.htm

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Re: Knots of the Samurai
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2019, 10:24:18 PM »
That's quite a broad and far reaching set of answers there! Thanks very much... The dedicated hojujutsu page looks like it will be of particular use. Thanks again!
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Re: Knots of the Samurai
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2019, 11:38:03 PM »
No problems.  Share if you find instructions.   :D

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Re: Knots of the Samurai
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2020, 11:57:36 AM »
Greetings Friends,

My apologies as I have only just found your forum. Mahoutsukai-Dojo is my site. I am more than happy to share whatever information might be of interest. We are a Japanese kobudo dojo, with torinawajutsu as part of our curriculum.

I have recently updated the website and this may be of interest to you Framac77. Please feel free to drop me an email if there is anything you would like to discuss.

http://mahoutsukai.epizy.com/Tasuke%20Nawa.htm

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Re: Knots of the Samurai
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2020, 05:01:59 PM »
A very nice forum.

You'll find some of the Japanese knots used in hojojutsu here :

http://mahoutsukai.epizy.com/torinawa.htm

but I am sure you will be more than familiar with most of them