Jutte, Bujinkan Baton fighting


Bujinkan Baton fighting. The Jutte or Jitte (十手), literally meaning “ten-hand” (i.e., the weapon with the power of ten hands), is a baton weapon for self defence. In Edo period Japan the Jutte was a substitute for a badge and represented someone on official business and was carried by all levels of police officers including high ranking Samurai police officials and low-rank samurai law enforcement officers (called Okappiki or Doshin). Other high ranking samurai officials carried a Jutte as a badge of office, “Aratame” or official inspectors including hotel, rice and grain inspectors carried a jutte.

“Without right or left, no hand becomes ten hands (Jutte). Within Bujutsu, it is said that Tessen Jutsu and Jutte Jutsu have similar formidable points. With these, one can topple a strong enemy and protect one’s body. This is known as Juppo Sessho no Jutsu. Juppo Sessho brings Heaven and Earth, East, West, North, South – all polarities in the universe -into accord. It is named after the way it is applied. This is called Jutte Jutsu.” – Masaaki Hatsumi


Some say these kata belongs to Kukishin-ryu, I’m not sure I need sources before I make that claim.


1. 無想之構 MUSŌ NO KAMAE – clear mind posture
2. 水鳥之構 MIZUDORI NO KAMAE – water bird posture
3. 一之構 ICHI NO KAMAE – first posture
4. 青眼之構 SEIGAN NO KAMAE – natural eye posture
5. 天之構 TEN NO KAMAE – heaven posture
6. 一本松 IPPONMATSU NO KAMAE – solitary pine tree
7. 立下段 TACHIGEDAN NO KAMAE – standing lowered


桐之一葉 KIRI NO HITOHA – falling paulowina leaf (arrival of autumn)
落花 RAKKA – falling blossoms
水鳥 MIZU-DORI – water bird / 五輪碎 GORIN KUDAKI – five rings crush
雷閃 RAI-SEN – flash of lightning
竜下 TATSUGE – inferior dragon
廻捕 MAWARIDORI – revolve and capture

I did a Bujinkan Baton fighting seminar in Riga, Latvia in 2011 on this topic, the video is available here.