JITTE - Ten Hands

The second in a series of three katas that begin with the letter "J" the name Jitte implies that once a student has mastered this kata they should be able to defend themselves with the hands of ten men. The moves in this kata relate to defense particularly in dealing with stick attacks such as a Bo, or a Jo. Jitte introduces several new techniques such as a series of three consecutive jodan-yoko-uchi-barai (upper level side sweeping block), as well as a series of two sho-koko-bo-uke (tiger mouth block). A good kata for a student who looks strong and powerful, Jitte remains a popular kata with many senior ranks.

This kata contains 24 movements and should take the student approximately 40 seconds to complete. This correct performance of this kata is required in order to advance in rank Sho Dan (1st Dan) to Ni Dan (2nd Dan). In addition to performing the kata, the student must also demonstrate appropriate bunkai for this kata as a requirement for advancement.

There are two kiai points in Jitte. The first one occurs on the last jodan-yoko-uchi-barai (upper level side sweeping block) at the top of the embusen (line of attack). The second one occurs on the very last movement of the kata a jodan-age-uke (upper level rising block).

To return to a ready position after the last movement of the kata leave your right foot in place, pivoting on your right foot draw your left foot to your right foot and at the same time turn 180 degrees counter clockwise so as to stand up once again facing forward in hachiji-dachi (natural stance). Finish with your hands in the Yoi (ready) position identical to the start of the kata. You must now formally end the kata. You do this by bringing your left foot half way in towards your right foot and your right foot half way in towards your left foot so that you are now standing with your feet together. At the same time as you bring your feet together also bring your hands to your sides so you are again standing in heisoku-dachi (attention stance). Now rei (bow). After bowing, step out with your left foot and then your right foot and once again stand in hachiji-dachi (natural stance) while at the same time bringing your hands from your sides and hold them in a ready position in front of you with your fists closed.