During each class the training centers around the classical martial arts using the Manrikigusari (weighted chain) and the Jutte (pronged truncheon) in applications against unarmed and armed (commonly knives, and swords), and necessarily also includes the study of the handling of knives and swords. The other weapons of the school are also studied during each class.


Our syllabus is comprised of training in the following:

  • 300 Masaki Ryu Manrikigusari kata (forms)
  • 10 Masaki Ryu Kusarigama forms
  • 30 Edo Machikata Juttejutsu forms and associated Hojojutsu (arresting rope ties)
  • 100 Juttejutsu and Fusa-Garami forms,
  • 30 Maruhoshi kata
  • 50 Tenouchi kata from Osaka's Machikata Juttejutsu and other historical Juttejutsu.


One of the arts studied and trained within Masaki-ryu Nakajima-ha Kusari is Edo Machikata Juttejutsu. This art has been transmitted from the Edo period and was taught to the Feudal Edo police force. Arresting tactics for opponents who are unarmed or armed with bladed weapons, long weapons, and even chains form the bulk of this art.

Broadly speaking, the art can be divided into "Ikkaku no Kata" (forms focusing on the application of a single jutte (hooked iron truncheon) to evade and restrain an opponent who is unarmed or armed with a sword and then bind him with a hojo (arresting cord)), and "Sokaku no Kata" (forms focusing on the application of a jutte (hooked iron truncheon) and naeshi (iron truncheon) to evade and restrain an opponent who is armed with a sword, long weapon or chain, and then bind him with a hojo (arresting cord)).

Interestingly, Edo Machikata Juttejutsu is one of the only arts that still teaches how to restrain an opponent with the jutte, and then bind him with the hojo as a single form. We also train in the effective use of hayanawa (quick ties used to immediately arrest an opponent), kaginawa (a hooked cord also used in arresting), and hon-nawa (more formal ties used to present crimal suspects to court magistrates).