Hojo-jutsu, also called as Nawajutsu is the traditional martial art practiced in Japan for many years, the technique used in ju-jutsu (jiu-jitsu) when no weapon is used when combating with the opponent. Instead, the simple rope or cord is used. This is the technique of retraining the enemy to defeat. The Japanese warriors used to secure prisoners to convoy to the destination. Also they used their ropes to tie up the criminals when arrested.

The hojo-jutsu technique is practiced considering anatomic peculiarities of male and female bodies, clothes attributed to them, professional skills and habits, and the social status thereof. That’s intriguing but in the feudal Japan the technique of tying was different from person to person, depending on their status in the society, professional occupation, financial reputation, etc. The technique dates back too long into the old days when rules were too strict and cruel in the society to follow.


The Samurai skilled in hojo-jutsu could tie up the opponent as easily and quickly as the spider does with its catches. The one captured and tied up was deemed disgraced which is the worst thing for the Japanese warriors, when death was far preferred than life as captured. Thus, in case when wrong persons were tied up, the hojo-jutsu followers were also brought to justice.

The Japanese warriors use special ropes when practicing hojo-jutsu:

⇒Hayanawa (fast rope) is the rope not so long but quite thick for preliminary tying;

⇒Honnawa (main rope) is a thinner and longer rope than others. The thinner is the rope, the more durable is the knot. This rope was used for additional security when the prisoners were already immobilized with haynawa.

Hojo-jutsu rules include:

⇒Keeping the binding techniques in secret;

⇒Not to afford the prisoner to escape;

⇒Not to injure the prisoner while using hojo-jutsu;

⇒To have the binding attractive.

The hojo-jutsu technique is practiced by the police currently, either, with some insignificant changes adopted to current conditions. Hojo-jutsu is the effective and very mysterial part of the Japanese martial arts reflecting the core of the Japanese philosophy to the highest extent.

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