Dakentaijutsu is one of the many names used for close combat with and without armor (Yoroi) in Japan. It consists of various methods of joint lock and throwing techniques, is especially known for punching and kicking methods. For this section also includes our techniques with Tessen (short reinforcing weapons / defense stick) and Hayanawa (rope snare).
The origin of Kukishin-ryu Dakentaijutsu is from Urabe Sukumi Kanaesada 占部宿禰兼, the 11th Soke of Kishin Chosui-ryu 馗神澄水流. He learned Chinese boxing during the Jowa period (1345 – 1349) by a man named Sonjin-shi Yoshide. This boxing method – Tode 蓎手 (which can also be pronounced as karate) was incorporated by him in Kishin Chosui-Ryu and called Dakentaijutsu. This method was taught then out to Izumo no Kanja Yoshiteru 出雲冠者義照.
In 1349 Izumo founded Kukishin-ryu Happo Biken and he changed the name of this method to Kukishin ryu Dakentaijutsu.
The term “Daken” consists of two characters; “Da” 打 which means to hit and “Ken” 拳 meaning fist, ie “to strike with the fist.” According to Hatsumi Sensei this also means “the points you use on your fist,” that is synonymous with the term kyusho – the body’s weak points. In the Kukishin tradition there are 42 such points on the body that each one can be manipulated in five different ways with the 9 different body weapons included in the system.
Translated by Luke Crocker from HERE.