April 27, 1997 · 7:00pm EST · Posted by Fujiyama Dojo
Fujiyama Dojo
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Thorold, ON, Canada
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The jutte is very often associated with the Tokugawa Shogunate police, and it is undeniable that the weapon was used extensively by Tokugawa officials, and to a certain extent, it became a symbol of their authority. There are many jutte left from the Edo period, constructed in several fashions.

Although there are several theories about the origin of the weapon, some claiming that it was "imported" from China or the Ryukyu islands, the fact remains that some of the oldest jutte date from as far back as the Muromachi period, and these examples are far from rudimentary. This makes the issue far from resolved.

A formidable weapon in skillful hands, the jutte is basically defensive, but can be successfully matched against the sword and spear.

The jutte is part of the curriculum of several ko ryu, and the majority of its techniques have survived to the present day. Its training relies heavily on ma-ai, awase and tai sabaki. Due to its versatility, being not just a striking weapon, but also including in its range controls, strangulation, ground pinning and other techniques, it has inspired the creation of modern versions of it, often used in law enforcement, that mimic its techniques with great success.


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