Kusarigama Jutsu – Isshin Ryu

Kampfkunst mit der japanischen Kettensichel

The kusarigama is an old japanese weapon, which consists of a sickle and a chain with a steelweight at the end of the handle.
Its prominence is mostly connected with the ninja, although the style using the kusarigama, Isshin Ryu Kusarigama Jutsu was developed by a samurai named Nen Ami Jion in the 14th century.

Isshin Ryu Kusarigama Jutsu

The kusarigama used in Isshin Ryu is rather untypical and differs from others because of its much longer chain and a double-sided blade with a handguard.
For training purposes an unpolished blade and a padded weight is used.

Isshin Ryu Kusarigama

Typical kusarigama techniques include cutting, stabbing and chopping with the sickle. The steelball is used to disarm, hit or even to tie up the opponent.

Kusarigama Isshin Ryu

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In Isshin Ryu 12 Omote and 12 Ura kata are taught:

  • Ishiki
  • Soemi
  • Hagaeshi
  • Mugan
  • Jûmonji
  • Furikomi Ichimonji
  • Furikomi Jûmonji
  • Isô no nami
  • Tatsumi no maki
  • Midokorozume
  • Ukibune
  • Sodegarami
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Kusarigama Training is from the age of 18 up, in the form of seminars and after completion will take place periodically.