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Stack Tie

Tying people can cause damage. Only practice on a Manikin.

The Stack Tie is the basic way of tying Uke's hands together. Hojo-Jitsu: Samuri Tying Arts shows many things not considered here. For us the Stack Tie is done with Uke lying on Uke's stomach. It is called a Stack Tie because Uke's wrists are stacked on top of each other. This can be behind Uke or in front of Uke. We would normally be doing this from a standard Aikido submission with Uke on Uke's stomach.

Movie of making a Stack Tie.

Fig. 1 Snare Hand Fig. 2 Start Half Hitch

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start of the Stack Tie. Uke's back is up and Uke's head is to the right. The tie is started with Uke's right hand which is toward Nage. The 1st step is to catch Uke's wrist with the snare. The end of the snare is brought up behind Uke's wrist as shown. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture goes to the Hojo.
  2. Fig. 2 shows the start of the half hitch. Nage is going to form another loop around Uke's wrist. The 1st step of the half hitch is to bring the cord from the Hojo across Uke's wrist as shown. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture goes to the Hojo.

    Fig. 3 Loop Over Hand Fig. 4 Complete Half Hitch

  3. In Fig. 3 Nage takes the cord leaving the snare over the cord from the Hojo and takes a loop over Uke's hand. This forms the half hitch. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture goes to the Hojo.
  4. Fig. 4 shows the tightened half hitch. The standing part is pulled down to the left tightening the half hitch and rotating Uke's wrist in a way that is supposed to make Uke's arm weaker. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture goes to the Hojo.

    Fig. 5 Cord Under Hand Completes 1st Hand Fig. 6 Start Half Hitch, 2nd Hand

  5. Fig. 5 shows that the cord from the Hojo is brought under Uke's right wrist and up towards Uke's head. This completes the tie on Uke's right hand. The cord going out of the picture is the Hojo.
  6. In Fig. 6 Nage puts Uke's left wrist on top of Uke's right wrist. The cord coming from the top of Uke's right wrist is brought over Uke's left wrist and wrapped around Uke's left wrist. A loop is then formed over Uke's left wrist to start a half hitch in the same manner as was done on Uke's right wrist. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture comes from Uke's right wrist and the end of the cord is the Hojo.

    Fig. 7 Loop Half Hitch Over 2nd Hand Fig. 8 Finish Half Hitch, 2nd Hand

  7. In Fig. 7 the cord from Uke's left wrist is brought over the cord coming out of the Hojo and looped over Uke's left hand to form the half hitch.
  8. Fig. 8 shows the completed half hitch. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture comes from Uke's right wrist and the end of the cord is the Hojo.

    Fig. 9 Start Square Knot Fig. 10 Half Start Square Fig. 11 Square Knot

  9. The Stack Tie is completed with a square knot. Boy Scouts call this a square knot. Sailors call it a reefing knot. When a sail is lowered and tied to the boom that is called reefing. The reefing knot is properly used to bundle things. In Fig. 9 Nage brings a loop beneath both of Uke's wrists in preparation to tie them together with a square knot.
  10. In Fig. 10 we digress to show how a square knot is tied. First, an overhand knot is used to make a wrap around Uke's wrist.
  11. Fig. 11 shows the second overhand knot of the square knot. It is important that the two cords leaving the knot on each side are together on one side of the loop in the knot. If the two cords are on opposite sides of the loop scouts call it a granny knot and this is cause for great shame. The square knot is easier to untie (or capsize) than the granny knot because pulling one of the cords coming from the knot will make it lose its shape. Knots should be easy to tie and easy to untie.

    Fig. 12 Tighten Knot Fig. 13 1st Half Square Knot Fig. 14 Complete Stack Tie

  12. Fig. 12 shows the tightened square knot. Now we can get back to Stack Tie.
  13. Fig. 13 shows the 1st overhand knot of the square knot. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture comes from Uke's right wrist and the end of the cord is the Hojo.
  14. Fig. 14 shows the completed square knot. The loop coming out of the square knot is toward Uke's head. In the picture on the right the cord going out of the picture comes from Uke's right wrist and the end of the cord is the Hojo.

This completes the Stack Tie. The Stack Tie is normally just the 1st part of tying a person but it is the basis. From here more features will be added.

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