This kata shares the same Yoi position as Jion, and contains many similar characteristics. One such characteristic is the rhythm and timing of the three teishos in the kiba-dachi position. The timing here demands much control of the legs in order to quickly achieve effective, solid stances.
This kata, also described by many as Jutte, can be translated to mean ‘Ten hands’. It is commonly believed that mastery of this kata may result is the karateka having the power of ten men. Others believe the number ten is a reference to the number of attackers.
Jitte is a Shorin-ryu, Tomari-te kata, and is specifically useful in the study of defence against weaponry, and involves elements of the old Gyaku-te waza grappling techniques. Depending on application, the kata teaches you to defend against a variety of stick attacks, and instils an attitude of fearlessness in the face of extreme danger.