Hojojutsu 捕縄術 The Martial Art of Rope Capture and Restraint
Hojojutsu (also known as Torinawa or Nawajutsu) is the martial art of using rope to capture, restrain, transport and display suspects and criminals in Japan during the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. Rope was also used in various torture and interrogation methods and in execution.
There were very specific ways of using rope for law enforcement and to communicate information for different crimes and social rank as a matter of protocol and honour.
Learn and practice these Hojojutsu rope handling skills which can be used against a moving opponent and also to secure someone already captured.
Three different styles and skill sets for capture, transportation and interrogation.
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Hayanawa: “fast binding” – a shorter thinner rope used for the initial capture and restraint, to be applied within 4-10 seconds – no knots used
Hon-nawa: “formal binding” – a longer thicker rope for securing a suspect after arrest, using wraps and loops only – it was important that no knots were tied.
Specific patterns would indicate the crime and social status of the suspect.
This would be for securing, transporting and public display of a suspect for shame and humiliation.
Rope was also used for torture, interrogation and in execution. There were many methods of torture during this period, two of which using rope are shown here.
Ebizeme – “Prawn Torment” from the ‘Big Secret Book of Punishments’ 1836
An extremely uncomfortable and strenuous tie that constricts the body and breath until the body goes through various colour changes until near death…
Tsurizeme – “Suspension Torment” from the ‘Big Secret Book of Punishments’ 1836
Hung for 2-3 hours “…until the blood salts dripped from the toes…“
(We won’t actually be hanging anyone up in training… ! !)
Discover Hojojutsu history, protocols and tying styles used throughout Feudal Japan.
- History, tradition and evolution of rope use in Japanese culture
- Different forms of hojojutsu: hayanawa, hon-nawa and gomonnawa
- Hojojutsu arrest, transportation and display protocols
- Rope selection for different hojojutsu forms
- Rope safety and risk reduction during practice
- How to tie hayanawa (“fast-binding”) rope for carrying, fast access and easy use
- How to tie knots and loops with one hand
- Basic hayanawa capture and restraint techniques
- How to tie hon-nawa (“formal binding”) rope for storage and easy use
- Intro to hon-nawa techniques for securing and transporting a prisoner
- Intro to gomonnawa techniques used for interrogation
Where & When
There are currently no Hojojutsu trainings or workshops scheduled.
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Class Instructor: 7th Dan Bujinkan Shidoshi Mo Latin
7th Dan Bujinkan Shidoshi
Training in 6 Samurai Ryu (schools) and 3 Ninjutsu Ryu since 1998 and with many Japanese Nawashi since 2013.