Kemono shibari (獣縛り) is one of the basic patterns in Yukimura ryû. It is reminiscent of a trapped animal that has had its legs tied together. It is one of the classical ground techniques (Newaza, 寝技). It is already taught at the beginner level and is constantly being refined.

Kemono shibari from a lesson at Yukimura Haruki’s studio in Ebisu, Tokyo, in 2015.


Ken (間) is a measure of length equal to about 1.81 meters. It is part of the traditional Shakkanhô system, which originated in China and defines units of measurement for lengths, volumes, weights, areas and money.

The reading “Ken” for this Kanji is rare nowadays and hardly used anymore. It only applies to this measuring unit.

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