Jutte
(Ten Hands)

Jutte is an Okinawan kata that is usually taught after the Pinans. As with all such kata, different versions of the Jutte kata exist. This version is the one taught to me by Sensei Keiser, taught to him by Grandmaster Albert C. Church. One notion of where the name of the kata comes from is that a practitioner that has mastered Jutte can fight like ten men.



Jutte

  1. Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi.
  2. Move right foot to right into a shoulder width parallel stance while performing a Left Palm Down Pressing Block to north and simultaneously striking to north with an Inverted Fist Middle Thrust. The technique starts by putting the Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow into tension and explodes from there. This teaches the student how to prepare without looking prepared. It is a defense against a Left Middle Thrust from an opponent to the north.
  3. Move right foot to right into a horse stance facing north. Execute a Right Palm Smothering Block to north followed by a Left Inverted Fist Middle Thrust to north. This is a defense against a Right Middle Thrust from an opponent to the north.
  4. Move right foot to right into Shiko Tachi facing north and execute a Right Inner Forearm Inner Block to east and cycle into a Right Inverted Fist Strike to east. Left hand is in a pullback position as a fist. This is a defense against an opponent from the east executing a Left Upper or Middle Strike.
  5. Moving right foot, step into a west facing Shiko Tachi with right foot north while executing a Right Inner Forearm Inner Block to north cycling to a Right Inverted Fist Strike to north. Left hand is in a pullback position as a fist. This is a defense against a northern opponent executing a Left Upper or Middle Strike.
  6. Moving left foot, step into an east facing Shiko Tachi with left foot north while executing a Left Inner Forearm Inner Block to north cycling to a Left Inverted Fist Strike to north. Right hand is in a pullback position as a fist. This is a defense against a northern opponent executing a Right Upper or Middle Strike.
  7. Moving right foot, step into a west facing Shiko Tachi with right foot north while executing a Right Inner Forearm Inner Block to north cycling to a Right Inverted Fist Strike to north. Left hand is in a pullback position as a fist. This is a defense against a northern opponent executing a Left Upper or Middle Strike.
  8. Move south using a right foot step behind into a west facing Shiko Tachi with left foot to south. As you do this, cross arms at face level with fists palm inward, left outside, and perform a double down block to north and south, followed immediately by a Mountain Block. This is a defense against two opponents (one north, one south) who are executing mid-level attacks (e.g., Front Kicks to floating ribs) followed by an upper attack (e.g., Forefist Upper Thrusts). The Mountain Block is two Inner Forearm Inner Blocks.
  9. Pivoting on right foot, step clockwise with left foot into an east facing Shiko Tachi and execute a Left Instep Stomp Kick + Left Bottom Fist Descending Strike + Left Inner Forearm Inner Block. The block loads from the Bottom Fist Strike, rather than a full normal load. The Stomp Kick to the opponent's instep is, I believe, universally accepted as such. There are a number of different valid interpretations of the Mountain Block movement. Consider the following interpretations (my preferred is [1]). [1] Using the Right Inner Forearm Block of the previous Mountain Block to hold your northern opponent's right arm (the one he just punched with) away from you, pivot clockwise and execute a Left Bottom Fist Descending Strike to your opponent's head (a variant of this is to convert the first block with the right hand into an outer cover and grasp the wrist, and then to either perform the Bottom Fist Strike to the right elbow of your attacker, or else execute a takedown). [2] After the previous Mountain Block, assume that your right arm was used to block your northern opponent's left hand. Pivot clockwise towards your northern opponent. Hold your right arm to the right of your head and bring your left arm to the north of your head but to the left of your head. This is a draw that leaves a tempting opening in your guard for your western opponent to punch through with a Right Upper Thrust. As he does so, execute an arm bar elbow break technique against your opponent's right arm and simultaneously stamp his front instep with your left foot. [3] This is a simple instep stomp against the western opponent and another pair of Inner Forearm Inner Blocks, one to the north and one to the south, against two opponents.
  10. Pivoting on left foot, step counterclockwise with right foot into a west facing Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Instep Stomp Kick + Right Bottom Fist Descending Strike + Right Inner Forearm Inner Block. The block loads from the Bottom Fist Strike, rather than a full normal load. Ditto the previous step.
  11. Pivoting on left foot, step counterclockwise with right foot into an east facing Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Instep Stomp Kick + Right Bottom Fist Descending Strike + Right Inner Forearm Inner Block. The block loads from the Bottom Fist Strike, rather than a full normal load. Ditto the previous step.
  12. Slide right foot back into a south facing Left Cat Leg Stance with Right Inner Knifehand Block. This is a defense against an opponent from the south attacking with an Upper or Middle Thrust.
  13. Step forward to south into a Left Front Stance with Twin Driving Knifehand Collarbone Strikes.
  14. Same as above from Right Front Stance.
  15. Same as above with Left Front Stance.
  16. Pivoting counterclockwise on right foot, move left foot into a Left Front Stance facing west and execute a Right Inner Forearm Outer Parry + Right Inverted Fist Middle Strike. An attacker from the north has attacked with a Left Middle Thrust Kick, e.g., Side Kick, Front Kick, or Back Kick. Our Outer Parry deflects the kick and partially spins our opponent, unbalancing him in the process. We then follow up with a Right Inverted Fist Strike to our attacker’s kidney area, or to his head, or any other target that has presented itself to us. If the attacker had used his right leg, the Right Inverted Fist Strike would probably have been to the groin area.
  17. Pivoting Clockwise on left foot, move right foot into a Right Front Stance facing east and execute a Left Inner Forearm Outer Parry + Left Inverted Fist Middle Strike. Ditto the previous technique, but with the other side.
  18. Pivoting counterclockwise into a Left Front Stance facing north west, execute a Left Upper Block. This is a defense against an opponent who has attacked from the north west using a Left Forefist Upper Thrust.
  19. Step forward to north west into a Right Han Zen with a Right Forefist Upper Thrust.
  20. Turning clockwise, shift weight onto left foot, step right foot into a Right Front Stance facing north east and execute a Right Upper Block. This is a defense against an opponent who has attacked from the north east using a Right Forefist Upper Thrust.
  21. Step forward to north east into a Left Han Zen with a Left Forefist Upper Thrust.
  22. Step back to Yoi Tachi.
  23. Move left foot to Musubi Tachi with a Right Fist to Left Knifehand bow.