Or as it was written in the 17th century scroll of the jujutsu tradition, Takagi Yoshin-ryu Chugokui Mokuroku,
“修行專要千手萬手一手二結”Takagi Yoshin-ryu Chugokui Mokuroku
Which means something like “Training is crucial; a thousand or ten thousand methods are linked to a single method.”
This idea of implementing several basics at a time also contributes to the “completeness” of the presentation, comparable to a similar principle that I often talk about in shibari, Shingyoso.
The Eight Fundamentals
A sort of collection of fundamental ties that I like to make sure that my students are familiar with are as follows:
|Kōte Shibari||後手縛||Hands-Behind Tie|
|Kōtō Gōte Shibari||後頭後手縛||Hands Behind Head tie|
|Maete Hiji Shibari||前手肘縛||Hands Forward Elbow Tie|
|Futomomo Shibari||太腿縛||Thigh Tie|
|Teppō Shibari||鉄砲縛||Rifle tie|
|Mae Gote Shibari||前小手縛||Front Wrist Tie|
|Agura Shibari||胡坐縛||Cross-Legged Tie|
|Koshi Shibari||腰縛||Hip Tie|
From these eight basic ties all other ties can be considered to be derived, so this makes for a groundwork with which to grow everything else. For ties on the ground, pretty much any iteration of these ties are suitable, and there are suspension-worthy versions of each of these. Even practicing extremely basic ties offer innumerable lessons.