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Above is book is entitled Kengo
Retsudenshu (Legend of the Swords Men) It was a
special edition for "The History of Daimyos
and Hatamoto Secret. It was printed on
September 25, 1961 and published on October
1, 1961. It featured an article on Shimizu Takaji (清水隆次) (1896–1978),
who was considered the 25th headmaster of Shindō Musō-ryū (神道夢想流).
Takaji Shimizu article captions
The greatest sword fighter, Musashi Miyamoto
made only one mistake in his life over the
sword fighting. That was when he was
fighting with Gonnosuke Musou. Gonnosuke
often used a stick for trainings. Takaji
Shimizu is Gonnosuke’s 25th direct descendent. He took over the stick
fighting technique and is teaching it in the
police academy in Tokyo. When we had this
photo shoot the following people helped us: Ichitarou Kurota, Morio Wagatuma, Jouji
Hiroi, Tunamori Shinnota (Godan), Kouta
Takaji Shimizu article captions
The greatest sword fighter, Musashi Miyamoto
made only one mistake in his life over the
sword fighting. That was when he was
fighting with Gonnosuke Musou. Gonnosuke
often used a cane for trainings. Takaji
Shimizu is Gonnosuke’s 25th direct descendent. He took over the cane
fighting technique and is teaching it in the
police academy In Tokyo. When we had this
photo shooting flowing people helped us:
Ichitarou Kurota, Morio Wagatuma, Jouji
Hiroi, Tunamori Shinnota (Godan), Kouta
(Top on the page)
The cane is about 5 feet of simple stick.
However, when Takaji uses it, it turned into
a great piece of tool.
(Bottom on the page)
So called stick protection. Even though he
is fighting with stick over bamboo sword,
you don’t see the stick weaker than bamboo
sword at all. This is a great way of the
protection in the modern society.
(Top on the page)
Ichiren Ryu Hojojutsu (using a rope
technique): He was hiding a rope in his
pocket and used it to tight up the person.
Shape of “Water moon” from Muso style Jodo
(stick fighting). Gonnosuke Mutou had a
sword fight with Musashi Miyamoto. Musashi
Miyamoto used Nitenichi ryuu’s secret
technique “Juujiryuu” (Cross tight), and
Musou could not move at all. Since this
fighting, Musou trained himself to beat this
Juujiruu and succeeded after spending long
(right side to continuously left side)
These photos are showing Kusarigama
jutsu(technique for chain and sickle).
A lead ball is attached with the chain. The
ball will fly directly onto the enemy’s
head. When the enemy loses his balance from
the ball attack, sickle will attack at him.
Kusarigama jutsu is such a special
Photo 3 is showing the moment of getting
Photo 4 is the moment of using water moon
shape with sickle.
Above are some pictures from the article. A
scan of the article is pictured below.
Visiting on Shindo Muso
Talking about Jojutsu
Shimizu, Morio Wagatsuma, Ichitarou Kurota
Host: Tetsurou Morikawa
Shindo Musho Ryu is one of the famous Jojutsu
(stick fighting) created by Hatanosuke Musou. Hatanosuke
is very famous for beating a great sword fighter Musashi Miyamoto and Takaji Shimizu is the
25th direct decedent who carries over the Jojutsu and
teaches in the police academy.
Shimizu is considered as a leader of Jojutsu’s
restoration. Before Mr. Shimizu’s generation,
Jojutsu was only practiced among very limited
population. However, Mr. Shimizu made Jojutsu to
be known more people these days.
Mr. Shimizu got hired from the police academy,
Jojutsu quickly became popular all over Japan.
Considering the fact that he made Jojutsu
acknowledged by many people, he is completing
the important mission for the destiny of Jojutsu.
Shimizu is not only a master of Jojutsu but also
a very skillful Bujutsu fighter. He is very
skillful at sword fighting, chain fighting,
jutte, and rope fighting. He is a master of all
of these fighting methods, and his students now
are also teaching in police academy.
you know there are Shimizu style martial art
school everywhere in Japan, but I decided to go
to see Mr. Shimizu in person to hear all the
stories over Jojutsu and to ask him to show the
real Jojutsu for me.
(Written by Tetsurou Morikawa)
The technique defeated
Morikawa: Thank you so much to give me this
opportunity. Moreover, I cannot be happier with
all those important Bujutsu teachers from police
academy came here to talk to me. Thank you very
much, again. In a way, you gentlemen are the only
people who are applying modern Bujutsu to the
real life for good purpose.
Kurota: You can say that. Some people might
use their Bujutsu skill for committing crimes or
violent activities, but polices are the only
people who are legally allowed to use force to
arrest criminals for the public security.
Therefore, teaching Bujutsu in police academy is
very effective way to influence the society. I
would say, you know, police need to posses their
weapons, also they need to posses Bujutsu as
It is also important to address
that even though you don’t use any Bujutsu
fighting skills, if you know Bujutsu, it is
really possible to make opponents to be
overwhelmed by our ki. If you can do it, it will
be very easy to deal with the people whom you
might have to use some force over.
Shimizu: When the opponent desperately
fights against you, and you try to use Bujutsu
which you just learned a little bit, which would
create a pretty dangerous situation for
yourself. You know you feel like you can fight
really well, but you just learned a bit about
it. You are not that perfect. However, if you
learn Bujutsu properly and sincerely, and use
the skill to go against the opponents, you can
deal with the dangerous situation without you
getting hurt. For example, recently one police
officer used a stick to knock down 2 gangs at
the same time. He used one Jojutsu technique
called “Suigetsu” (means Water and Moon). But I
have to say that he was practicing those
techniques all the time, therefore he was able
to use one of them spontaneously in the high
Morikawa: Speaking of “Suigetu”, that is the
technique that Hatanosuke Musou used when he
defeated Musashi Miyamoto.
Shimizu: Correct. Hatanosuke used
“Suigetu”over Musashi‘s special technique
“Juujiryuu” (Cross tight). First, Hatanosuke
pressed Musashi’s cross part of Juujiryuu with
his stick and then grabbed the stick with both
hands. Quickly he approached his body really
close to the Musashi’s body and then Hatanosuke
hit the Musashi’s forehead with his upper fist.
Lower fist complete the “Suigetu” form. Hatanosuke
used his bear fist to hit Musashi and beat
Musashi’s two swords “Juujiruu”.
Hatanosuke was such a great sword
fighter! That’s the Kata (form) you just
Shimizu: Yes. Mr. Kurota demonstrated the
Musashi part which involves two swords, and I
demonstrated the “Suigetu”. Hatanosuke invented
this Kata with risking his life when fighting
against Musashi Miyamoto, and now I am trying to
pass it on to modern world.
I’ve learned that each Bujutsu’s
Kata (form) has great stories and history
behind. It is worth to pay attention to those
stories behind as well.
Shimizu: You are totally right. If I talk
about Kata of Budo, nowadays people react like
“What the hell. Who cares?” They tend to think Kata is boring but real fighting is cool.
However, each Kata was created by those great
martial art fighters when they were fighting in
the real fighting with risking their life. Or
over the course of fighting, they started
realizing one movement being very effective and
analyzed the movement more efficient way to
create one Kata. In other words, each Kata went
through real rough fighting and formed the
greatest way of fighting. In the real fighting
as a real Budo person, you need to know many
different kinds of Kata and need to use
appropriate ones spontaneously depend on the
opponent’s movement. Therefore, if they don’t
take Kata seriously, which means they don’t know
the real quality of Bujutsu.
Morikawa: I surely understand that now. When
I go to an ancient Budo matches, I tend to watch
Kata carelessly. However, if you know that each
Kata’s creator went through the dangerous
fighting, and created Kata, it makes me feel
that Kata is very exciting.
Kurota: Kata in ancient Budo is very
important to pay attention because if this Kata
disappears, no one ever can create the same Kata
again. Matsumoto-sensei from ancient Budo
association also said, “If Tokyo gets destroyed
for some reasons, we can rebuild Tokyo if we
have to. On the other hand, Kata in ancient Budo
will disappear unless someone solidly carries
on. Those Kata is impossible to rebuild once
it’s forgotten, so we need to educate successors
well enough to carry each Kata. So, they will
pass on to the next generation.” Matsumoto
sensei always concerns about this issue.
I agree. Japanese Budo
needs to be registered as cultural property in
order to preserve it. You know, Japanese Budo
has a lot of element s that you cannot find in
any other countries. It might be coming from
Japanese special ethnicity. We should be really
proud of what we have in Japanese Budo.
Shimizu: Regarding Kata, Harujirou
Kanou-sennsei also said many times, “Nowadays,
only Randori (free style) became so popular in
Judo. So, if they talk about Judo, they only
think about Randori. This is really good for
further development of Randori, however, we need
to create the tendency to value Kata at the same
time. Otherwise, soon or later Judo will be such
a sloppy Bujutsu.” He is totally right.
In a way, Kata in Jojutsu are all
beautiful as if they were using real sword. I
was impressed when you all did so many sequences
of many different Kata. No one is out of breath
at all. By the way, how long is the stick you
5 feet. They are made out of
Fukuoka) Secret Technique
where are you from Shimizu-sensei?
Shimizu: Fukuoka prefecture, as known as
Kuroda-han. Shindo Muso Ryu traditionally had
been forbidden to be taught in any other
Kuroda-han! No wonder you were
close to those famous people from Genyousha
(Ultranationalist) such as Kiyoshi Touyama,
Ryouhei Muchida, Ichirou Suenaga.
Shimizu: Yeah… I had never thought that I
would live on Jojutsu. When I was little, I was
influenced by those adventure stories about
fighters, and I was thinking to go to Manchuria
to be a leader of gangs! Many young men, at that
time were motivated to go farther south or north
to conquest. I was thinking, “I am going to
south and will earn my own colony!” I was
thinking all outrageous fantasy. Around the same
time, one of my cousins went to Borneo Island
and opened gorgeous photo gallery. So, I was
seriously thinking to go south. “I am going to
be a king of rubber-products and will be even
richer than Mitsui or Mitsubishi Corporation!”
By the way at that time, people have a lot of
complex towards white people as Asians. I
thought I needed to go somewhere to make my own
kingdom before anyone else does. In order to do
it, I believed that I needed to learn how to
protect myself. I already knew some Judo, but it
wouldn’t be useful if someone tries to hurt me
Therefore, I decided to check Jojutsu which was
really respected in my hometown. I went to a
dojo owned by a famous teacher Hanjirou Hakuseki.
When I stepped into the dojo, I saw one person
practicing with only one stick to fight over 4 or
5 people. Even though, that was a practice, it
looked almost like a real life-risking fighting.
Everyone was moving very sharp and I could not
even breath. I was deeply impressed by them. I
immediately entered the dojo. I was 18 years old
that time. Since then, I practiced every day.
Very hard. No matter if it was raining or
snowing, I just practiced. I still wanted to go
South with this skill. Though, my cousin in
Borneo got Malaria and came back to Japan. So
I went to Butokukai (Japanese martial art
Morikawa: How long did you spend to get the
Shimizu: All together 7 years. And the next
year, I received a full mastership. I was very
quick to get there. I believe that no one has
ever done it this quick.
In order to become a great
fighter, it requires not only practice but also
talent and mental training like enlightenment.
Shimizu: Right. But this is how I started
going to so many different places as a representative of Jojutsu Masters. When I went to Butokukai, I met
Hakudou Nakayama-sensei from Judo. That time was
Nakayama style’s gold time. Nakayama-sensei was
even better known than Sasaburou Takano-sensei.
Nakayama-sensei was also a very enthusiastic to
learn Jojutsu so he learned it from the famous
assassin Ryougorou Uchida-sensei. He saw my
performance and gave a compliment, “Muso Ryu is
the best among Jojutsu. It is certainly well
done. I am glad to see the real Budo now.”
Ryougorou Uchida is the father of
Ryouhei Uchida-sensei who created Kokuryuukai.
I wrote a book about ryouhei Uchida-sensei, so I
researched a lot about him! I remember that in
their next Samurai house, Jiroukuniomi Hirano
was there too, right?
Shimizu: Exactly, The Jirou Hirano’s father
was the greatest Jojutsu fighter. Everyone
followed by the father and learned Jojutsu.
Therefore, Nakayama-sensei was also very
interested in Jojutsu. He was astonished by my
performance, and then he introduced me to
What is the connection between
Jojutsu and Judo?
Shimizu: I thought there is no connection
between Jojutsu and Judo. However,
Nakayama-sensei saw me performing and he said he
wants to take some Jojutsu elements into Judo.
Judo is in a way useless unless you don’t
touch the opponents’ body. If the opponent has a
knives or swords, you need to make them drop the
weapon first in order to make Judo work. So
Nakayama-sensei thought if he combined Judo and
Jojutsu it would be a greatest self-defense
technique. I was very impressed by this idea.
That sounds make sense. If you
consider the real situation for the self
protection, there is a necessity to combine two
of them. So what did you say to him?
Shimizu: I felt honored and promised him
that I will help him as much as I can. However,
Nakamura-sensei was already very old at that
time, and he could not join our work. Instead,
he told everyone all over Fukuoka who has Yodan
or above in Judo to enter Jojutsu dojo.
Morikawa: When did you come to Tokyo?
Shimizu: In 1926, there was a March festival
in Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. This
festival was a memorial day for those who died
in their duties. This memorial event included a
Martial Art conference, and 7 Budo people from
all over Japan were invited to perform. One of
my students from my dojo and myself were chosen
among 7 people and performed in a stadium. Then,
the next morning, many newspapers talked about
Jojutsu. One of the newspaper said, “I have seen
Jojutsu from Nakayama-sensei, but this is the
first time to see such a powerful one. The stick
could be sharper than sword! This must be known
all over Japan.” Nakayama-sensei was very happy
about this success too, and he brought me to
many different places to introduce me to
different Budo people. For example, I met Misao
Suenaga-sensei who was an intellectual leader
for Sun Yat-sen group (Chinese revolutionary
group), people from military or police. Mr. Suenaga told me, “Jojutsu will be one of the
most successful Bujutsu in this country. I want
to teach this to Boy-Scouts! Do you want to come
to Tokyo to work on letting people know about Jojutsu?” He insisted. Mr-Suenaga was such a
great man. He even took Jojutsu lessons from me
in order to know more about this, and then he
said, “Now I can talk little about Jojutsu to
other people to explain how great this is!”
Around this time, the safety of Tokyo area was
becoming a big problem. Therefore, the police
academy sent one of the top-class policeman to my
dojo. The Tokyo commissioner of police of
metropolis said, “We should hire him.”
Then, did you come to Tokyo right
Shimizu: No. Coming to Tokyo would be such a
big change in my life. This is a big decision to
make. In 1926, I finally came to Tokyo and
started teaching Jojutsu. First, I was just
using a small space that boxing practice was
usually done. That was such a small space, but
the practice was extremely intense. First,
children from Boy Scouts came to learn.
was also very happy about my success in Tokyo,
and he asked me to teach in Kodokan. I was
teaching in the Kodokan from year to the year
till the end of WWII.
That is the time when violence
from right-wing people became a serious issue,
and police was also having a hard time with
Shimizu: Right. That’s was the biggest
headache for Tokyo Metropolis Department.
Therefore, Domestic Safety Department and Tokyo
Metropolitan Department got together to make a
strong team together to fix this problem. They
chose 500 greatest martial artists from all over
Japan and made them to enter my dojo. This team
became really effective for the maintaining
safety in Tokyo. Mr Kurota and Mr. Wagatuma were
in the team. It was called Special Police Team.
Kurota: The special police team was very
intense. We always needed to be prepared for the
call. When we got call, we needed to be ready in
3 minutes. There was a big hole in the middle of
the floor where we were living, and in the
center of the big hole they built a big iron
pipe. When we got call, we slide down to the
iron pipe to the basement. Once we got to the
basement, we had to make a perfect line. In 3
minutes, we needed to wear the uniform and
weapons. Now I think back and I am still
impressed by everything we have done.
The special police team at that
time was very strong. One time Socialist group
got 3,000 people together in the Diet to make
demo. This time, special police team had only
100 people, and we got rid all of them from the
Shimizu: Also there was a time Mr. Bin Akao
took so many people from right wing, and they
attacked the Soviet Embassy. He brought a lot of
people, so the local police could not do
anything. Then, only 50 special police team
arrived there. The people from right wing were
just about climbing and jumping over the gate of
the Soviet Embassy, so the special police team
used the sticks to hit their legs. When they
were hit by the stick, their whole body got numb
in a moment. When their body got numb, they lost
their power on their hands, and then all of them
fell from the gate next to another. Right after
that, they got arrested. Actually, Mr. Akao told
me later that he was really surprised what
said, “You guys used those sticks really well.”
There were so many cases that special police
team taken care of big frays with small number
This special police team was
actually a “Shimizu team”!
Shimizu: Anyways, so many people happened to
see Jojutsu and impressed with it. And then,
Jojutsu dojo got so many applicants at that
time. Moreover, Jojutsu became popular in
Manchuria, Taiwan, China, and Korea.
Very Efficient Fighting
It’s said that after Hatanosuke
Musou got trained and mastered the secret of
Shindo Ryu in Katori, he stayed in Yashima and
got inspiration of Jojutsu. However, he didn’t
imagine that Jojutsu would be well known like
this in 20th century.
Kurota: I am sure he didn’t even dream about
All right, then can you show your
record of how many people you caught by using
Jojutsu. Shimizu-sensei, have you used Jojutsu
for street fighting?
Shimizu: I haven’t done that. Actually,
Shindo Muso Ryu is very strict on how and when
you can fight against people. We are also
forbidden to fight against other Budo group
people. If you fight with other martial art
fighters, you will start having some sort of
personal hatred. That is not a real Budo’s
point. It is not for personal fighting, but for
the social safety and loyalty for the country.
You have been following these
strict rules since you were very young. It must
have been very difficult to follow all those
Kurota: Well, not that difficult. It is
interesting, but if you are really focused on
the practice and training, you really don’t feel
like you're just fighting for personal reasons.
I am not trying to advertise myself and Jojutsu
here, but many people say those who are trained
by Jojutsu tend to have a great personality.
That could be true.
Shimizu: Well, many of my students used
Jojutsu successfully to fight in the dangerous
situation or protecting themselves. One day one
of my student heard that there was a robber in
his neighborhood, so he went there. There was a
man who was holding chisel and wood and jumped
on this student. My student quickly picked up a
small stick and hit the robber’s hand. This
robber’s hand got numb and got caught by police.
Right after the war, there was a
big accident in Shibuya by Korean gangsters. We
also used Jojutsu to get rid of them.
Shimizu: When I was taking a bus, one police
officer told me, “Thank you sir, I caught a
level 6 criminal last night!” I got little
confused, but after then I remembered that this
officer took my lesson for only 4 months really
long time ago. I asked him back how he did it,
and he told me, “When I was patrolling, I got a
call that there is a robber in a building. Once
I went there, there was a guy who had a razors
and throwing those razors at people. However, he
could not hit anything or anyone, so he grabbed
a wood and tried to attack people around. I
thought he might be able to kill someone with
this wood. So I backed off a little. Then,
coincidentally, I found a stick! This guy is
about to jump on me to hit my head! And I almost
unconsciously did “Suigetu (water and moon)”
I think what he learned
for 4 months came out in this kind of extreme
circumstances. It’s interesting that even though
he just learned Kata, but when he did it he was
training so hard. So, for the time he has to
use it, he could use it even after a long time
later. Honestly, Judo and Karate would be
dangerous to use in this kind of situation
because they need to get close to the opponent.
However, if you use Jojutsu, you can use it in a
real dangerous situation like this effectively.
What is the way
effectively deal with dangerous situation?
Morikasa: When you have to face that kind of
dangerous or serious situation, are there any
secret to effectively deal with?
Shimizu: Yes, there are some. Isao Konndou,
he was not that strong or great fighter in Kenpo.
However, he created 5 techniques for fighting in
the real situation. If you use these 5
techniques, it is said you will never lose. It’s
not clear now what were the 5 techniques, but if
I had to say what I would do, first attack their
eyes then go for their balls. It’s good to
splash tea or beer at their eyes. Old time
fighters always left one third of their drink
even if they were still hungry. It’s because they
can use it for fighting. Once you get their
eyes, you can attack their balls. Human body has
36 week points. You need to attack the point
that they cannot train.
One of the famous Judo teacher
said, “Grab whatever hard object around you, and
hit their mouth! Break their tooth. Anyone who
got their tooth broken, they are no longer
strong.” It seems like people have different
opinions over the real fighting.
Shimizu: A while ago, someone asked me what
if I was attacked and choked my neck when I am
sleeping. What am I going to do?
said first I would spit on their eyes. It seems
like other martial artists said, “Throw the
pillow at this person” or “grab the person’s
hand and twist.” But, if you are chocked, it
would be very difficult to do those. On the
other hand, human eyes are very sensitive so
when the opponent got something in their eyes,
they will close their eyes. When they close
their eyes as a reaction, you can do whatever to
attach this opponent.
Sound like the story coming from
great sword fighter! This is very useful when I
Shimizu: Here is another interesting story.
There was a higher level police and he is 5th
dan in Judo. One day, in the small town one
criminal held himself in a building with having
a gun. Few police were told to get in to the
building and ordered to throw stones at window
as soon as they got there. So, these few police
went in there, and as you can imagine, the
criminal put the gun at them. At the same time,
the stone was thrown at the window, and this
criminal’s attention went for the sound. In the
next moment, other polices got into the building
and caught this guy. The stone worked as the
sign to get into the building for police and
also worked as a tool to make this guy’s
attention to go towards something else.
Wow. This sounds like something
that only those who got trained by Budo could do
it! You need to understand the psychological
tricks and move very fast accordingly. I’ve
heard that great fighters in the old time used
that kind of skill with full of wit. Mr. Kurota
and Mr. Wagatsuma might have done that in the
Kurota: Mr. Wagatsuma and I stated training
under Shimizu-sensei since Showa 17 (1942). We are the first special police team from Tokyo
Metropolitan Police Department. We are also the
first masters in the Shimizu style Jojutsu.
Morikawa: Sounds like two of you were the
elites in Shimizu style Jojutsu. Since you were
in the special police team, you must have had so
many opportunities to use Jojutsu for the real
Kurota: Well, as a matter of fact, if you
have been trained by Budo, it seems like the
opponents tend to get intimidated without using
any skills. But, once when I was working in
Itabashi as a patrolling supervisor, we could
not have a stick because that was right after
the WWII, because American military ordered so.
At the same time, there was a serial killer in
Tokyo. He was killing people using a sword. He
got the reputation that if he sees people he
just killed all of them. Also, he was really
good at using swords, so no one could do much
about him. One day he took a cab and told the
cab driver to wave the cab fee. And the cab
driver said no. This guy just killed the driver.
One day, we got the information that he was
running into a yakuza’s place. So I said to my
boss back then, “I will go get him.” But my boss
was really worried and said, “No way, last time
when we got him, it took so many skilled
fighters to get him. It’s too dangerous to go
there by yourself!”
said, “If no one goes there, he will just run
away. I will take 2 police officers with me. I
am going!” Then I went to the Yakuza place.
“I know you guys have the
serial killer. You should let us take him.” “No.
there is no such a person in this house. Please
go home.” We were just repeating the same
conversation over and over again. Mean while,
there were 7 Yakuzas coming down from up stairs.
Among them, I found the serial killer! They all
looked very intense and trying to intimidate me.
I told him “We know what you did. You should
come with me.” Then he said, “So, you have the
form of warrant to arrest?” I said honestly, “I
don’t have it yet…That is on the way.” Then,
this serial killer responded, “Then, why don’t
you let me have a little farewell party with
them. Once I am arrested, I will be in the jail
for at least 5 or 6 years.”
Actually, he had a plan at
this point. He wanted to kill some time till his
other Yakuza folks get there to help him. I also
knew what he was thinking about. The form of
warrant to arrest had to arrive before those
Yakuzas get this place. Otherwise, It will be
very dangerous and difficult to arrest him. So,
this serial killer was hoping his Yakuza folks
arrive first before the arrest-forms, and I was
hoping the form arrives first before Yakuzas.
However, I should not create more dangerous
situation than this, so I said, “Ok. You may
drink beer. However, you cannot drink Sake.” I
brought a chair and sat down with full of
dignity in the room while they were parting. The
party got really loud and people start getting
drunk. Some Yakuza guy told me, “You should
drink with us! Police officer!!” and I said,
“No, I don’t drink.” I was just sitting there.
I have to say the moment
required to have nothing in my mind and be very
calm. Later on, those 2 officers with me told me
that I looked very dignified. Full of confident
and dignity intimidated the serial killer and he
could not do anything to me. Everyone got drunk,
and finally, the form of arrest arrived there
before the Yakuza folks. So, I approached the
serial killer, and grabbed his right arm.
However, this serial killer did not fight
against me at all. He was totally intimidated by
my attitude. I put handcuffs on his hands, and I
took him to a jail. This serial killer said, “I
thought you had more backups outside. You guys
really came with just 3 people!” And my boss was
very happy and immediately arranged for me to
receive special award from this incident.
Witt requires for Budo
I bet you also got a lot of awards
by now, Mr. Wagatsuma?
Yes. I have gotten 15 of them.
Here is a story happened during the WWII. In a
café, there was a solder got really drunk, and
he got violent with using his sword. I went
there and found out that this solder actually a
truly skilled sword user and plus his sword was
much longer than ours. I thought it would be
dangerous to just fight against him right away.
What I did was I start teasing him. “It’s so
embarrassing to use sword like this! in front of
women!” He responded, “I am a solder working
for this county! Shut up! You are just an
officer! I will kill you if you don’t shut up”
So I talked him back, “You say you are a solder
for this country. Then, I am also an officer for
this country! Such a shame you use sword to
fight in a café? If you want to fight, why don’t
we do just fist fight?” I took off my weapon and
jacket, and told him “Come on big man! Fist
fight!” He was convenient enough to get excited
with this idea. He also took off his weapon and
came towards me. Once he dropped his weapon, I
was in the much better position than he is in.
You know I am a master of, Judo, Jojutsu, and
self-protection technique. So it was easy after
then. I tied him with rope and I caught him.
Right after that, solder supervisors came to the
cafe, and they kicked him, punched him and took
That is such a smart way to deal
with. It is truly necessarily to have wit to be
a great Budo person.
Kurota: I was also very aggressive when I
was young. My coworkers said, “If we patrol with
Kurota, we don’t have to do too much work. One
day there was a vicious criminal, and one
officer caught him with handcuff. But the moment
he put the handcuff on this criminal, he hit
this officer with the handcuff. This officer was
bleeding so bad. This criminal got even more
aggressive and also he was very strong. We
caught him again, but he was still resisting. So
I put him in a patrol car, and I sit on his back
to take him to the police office.
There was also an opportunity to
go to Kyoto with Mr. Kurota and Seiko Fujita-sensei.
He is really famous with Ninjutsu. We were all
taking a train, and in the train there was a man
peeing in there. Especially when he found women,
he got more excited and tried to splash his pee
all over. It was such a mess. Everyone was
screaming and running away from this guy. After
he finished peeing, he came towards us and said,
“Get out of here.” He, of course, doesn’t know
that we are masters of, Jojutsu and Ninjutsu. So
we said, “You better shut up.” And we ignored
him. If we fought there, other passengers would
of us had the same idea. “Let’s get him out from
the train in the next station.” Then, the door
of the train opened. I grabbed this guy’s neck,
and immediately Mr. Kurota threw him in the air.
Fujita-sensei was also really angry and yelling
at him, “I am going to make you to drink my
pee!” Of course we didn’t do it, but we took
him to a police station. This guy got to know
that we are all great Budo fighters. He lost his
The relation between a
great sword fighter and great dancer.
Ancient Budo is actually really effective in
the real life. We should really respect it. As
Matsumoto-sensei said, we should try to preserve
it. By the way, I would like to talk about the
Kusarigama (chain and sickle) now. How heavy
is the ball attached on the chain?
Kurota: About 0.25lb. However, if you get
hit by this one, you will be hurt. The sickle is
about 12 inches. It’s double edged.
How long is the chain?
About 10 feet.
How about the rope?
Shimizu: 7.3 feet long. This is actually
originally coming from Aikido and Jujutsu. Using
rope is much safer to catch criminals. As we
talked, handcuffs are actually not good enough.
They can use it to hit people. Also, there was
an accident that one guy who shot a police
officer with wearing handcuffs because he was
hiding a gun under his belt. Unfortunately, the
policeman died. Anyways, there are so many
different ways to use ropes. You can tie their
hand or even arms.
Kurota: As for the stick. It is not only for
beating people. It’s used in many different
Shimizu: There was a woman who has been
trained by Japanese traditional dancing. She
needed to choreograph, but she could not think
of anything good. She tried really hard to think
of something good over so many nights without
sleeping. She really suffered and started having
some psychological issues. Her parents came to
me and talked about her. I took her to my Dojo
and showed some Kata. Then, she was immediately
inspired from Jojutsu. By the way, her student
got a greatest award for a dancer.
Jojutsu and Japanese traditional
dancing had some matching point! That is such a
beautiful story. Thank you so much for having me
to talk about Jojutsu and Budo over all. It was
really precious experience.