Defining the Science of Rope Arrests – Hojojutsu (Part 1)

“In hojōjutsu, you seize the individual and bind them with rope, other names are torinawajutsu (取縄術), hojōjutsu (捕縛術), ruikei no jutsu (縲繋之術), togijutsu (伽術), and wajutsu at different times. In China this is commonly referred to as menjō tōsaku[1], or saku for short.”

Here we have a selection of different terms in regards to the science of binding individuals with rope (hojojutsu). Each term used was chosen by Tue pioneers of the art in order to express the feeling, intention, or purpose for its development. For example, we have torinawa or hojojutsu which refers to arresting an individual with rope. While on the other hand there’s ruikei no jutsu which only suggests binding tightly or thoroughly. In other traditions even the term shibari dori (grasping and tying) is used to refer to a method of tying rope to a weapon such as the hilt of ones short sword for throwing and retrieving purposes.

[1] Mián ying tào suǒ 綿縄套索 wrapping with cotton rope.


Seiko, Fujita. Zukai Hojōjutsu. (1986).


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