Shuko 手甲 a ashiko 足甲

Shuko 手甲 a ashiko 足甲

(Spiked hand and foot bands)


Hatsumi sensei 初見先生 with shuko in position Doko no kamae 怒虎之構.


Two specialty tool/weapons of the historical Togakure ryu ninjutsu 戸隠流忍術 are the shuko and ashiko hand and foot spiked bands. Used for digging or climbing up walls, cliffs, trees, ship sides, and even against the enemy himself; these clever implements were the invition of Togakure ninja 戸隠忍者. For many years, they were a secret weapon totally unknown to other ninjutsu schools. As weapons, the spiked bands could protect the ninja's hand so that he could safely grab as assailant's razor-sharp sword and rib it out of his grip without injury. Coupled with kicks and strikes, the shuko and ashiko allowed the ninja to move inside an attacker's weapon range and subdue him. Shuko and ashiko bands were also highly effective against the enemy'snarmored body itself. Many times they were used to bring downattack dogs trained to maul intruders.


Ashiko