The kusari-fundo is a short length of chain with a steel weight attached to one or both ends. However, there are many variations on this theme. The Kusari Fundo can be used to deliver strikes by swinging or throwing the weight (or weights) at target areas while the chain is used to block and trap/ entangle. The hand forged Fundo (weight) and entire Kusari (Chain) are made according to Meifu Shinkage Ryu specs, with a ring on one side and a Fundo in the other.

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It is a close range weapon, approximately 46—76 cm in length. As an attacker throws a punch, Hatsumi grabs the attacking hand and strikes the offending wrist with the hand-held fundo 1. According to a historical document the konpi was put into use fundl a weapon in the era of the Yoshino Court around A.

The ninja carried this weapon by wearing it around his waist or concealing it inside his kimono.

Those with round shaped fundo are often called tamagusari or gakikan, while the ones with rectangular shapes are called fundo-kusari We can rely on a certain historical record as the origin of the tamagusari: It is difficult to say which, if any, is well-founded because there remains very little literature on the kusari-fundo which was handed down from generation to generation as a secret weapon.


This would be a competition between sumo wrestling and taijutsu. One funfo story about Masaki Toshimitsu I think you might be interested in, although it does not involve the kusari-fundo: A little while later, however, he made another attempt to lift Masaki with might and main, but to no end.

Among those that are on historical record are: Rising or falling vertical strikes; Yoko furi: It is said that Masaki worked out 24 arts of the tamagusari. It is generally constructed of a non-reflective etched steel chain or thick rope for training purposes.

The weights were usually exactly matched in size and shape. At other times individually devised kusarifundo were made, including fndo.

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Finally he hit upon a capital idea which would enable him to confront, without bloodshed, the ruffians or madmen who might rush the gate wielding their swords. His pride would not allow him to do this, however. As a second strike is thrown, Hatsumi releases the chain over the incoming arm 2.

Glossary Terminology General Interest. Glossary of Japanese swords Horimono Japanese sword mountings Japanese sword polishing Japanese swordsmithing Tameshigiri. The kusari-fundo is a short length of chain with a steel weight attached to one or both ends. Weight shapes include round, hexagonal, or rectangular.

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One day a sumo wrestler named Ayakawa came to his home demanding he have a strength contest with him. Unable to find the right opportunity, and becoming exhausted from his efforts, Ayakawa was obliged to put his opponent down.

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Close-up of the weight fundo. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In those days blood was considered to be filthy. Samurai chain weapons Chain weapons of Japan Ninjutsu artefacts. Meanwhile, seemingly making use of the art of kusari-fundo, ninja practiced their shinobi tenugui no jutsu one of the ninjutsu techniques of employing a short towel as a weapon by wrapping a stone into the end, the three-quarter mark http: The size, shape and weight of the fundo weight usually varies according to each school.

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Incidentally, it is said that this kusari-fundo is called sangiri in India. Views Read Edit View history. The weight attached to each end of the chain could have many different sizes and shapes. Nearly years ago, at the time of the Genruku era, there lived in Oogaki, Mino which was the fief of the Toda clan and was situated northeast of Kyoto a master swordsman called Masakitarodayu Danno- shintoshimitsu Masaki Toshimitsu for short who held licenses of both Seniryu Halberd and Kotoda Ittoryu.

As a weapon, a rope or stick was attached to the end of the chain. One type known as a konpi is mentioned in manuscripts as far back as the Nanbokucho period