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Jitte (十手) Kata

Jitte or Jutte ‘十手’a kata used in Shitoryu, beginning with the characteristic kamae of the left hand covering the right, which apparently has roots in ancient Chinese boxing. Their origin is thought to be from the Shuri-Te School of Master Anko Itosu.

The name Jitte (“Ten Hands”) is often interpreted to mean that the kata involves fighting with ten opponents. Some claim that the name is derived from the position of the raised fists, resembling a type of sai known as a jitte, which occurs a number of times in the kata.