tanto is the knife used by the Samurai. Length of blade ranged
from 5" to about 12". The tanto was frequently carried in
place of the wakizashi and was often used against longer weapons.
There is an extensive repertoire of techniques in the Nami
ryu tanto jutsu system that cover a wide range of applications.
Wooden or aluminum knives are used in training and live blades
are used in form practice and tameshigiri. The tanto waza
directly impact many of the empty hand techniques used in
techniques and strategy have very practical modern function
both for knife on knife applications as well as knife against
bludgeoning weapons and empty hand against knife. Unlike knife
fencing systems in tanto jutsu controlling the opponent is
stressed. Any contact includes gathering and controlling the
opponents mental and physical center. As in kenjutsu, tanto
jutsu and aiki jujutsu are two sides of the same coin. The
tanto, whether used for cut or trap, controls the opponent.