Was founded by Diasuke Nishina who
was raised as a vassal of kiso Yoshinaka in the early 12th century.
When Yoshinakas's army was defeated in battle, Diasuke escaped to
Iga. There he learned various martial skills such as Koshijutsu and
Kenjutsu from Kagakure Doshi. it was initially called Togakure Ryu
Happo Biken but has been called by various names since that time.
Togakure Ryu is known for it's use of tekko, senban nage and shinodake
(4-foot breathing tube).
It is believed that a Chinese person
named Ikai introduced this art to Japan in the 8th century. It is
assumed that this Koshijutsu was based on Chinese martial arts. Although
Koshijutsu means "To be able to knock down an enemy with one
finger", it can also signify the "backbone" (spine)
of the martial arts.
This art was founded in the middle
of the 16th century by Toda Sankyo Ishinsai who had learned Gyokko
Ryu from Gyokkan, a Buddhist Monk. Koppojutsu originally came from
ancient China and was also called Goho, which characterised by its
use of hidden weapons. The first kanji of Koppo (kotsu) means bone,
but can have the deeper meaning of "knack".
The founder of this tradition was
Yakushimaru Kurando Takazane, a palace guard of Emperor Godaigo in
the 1330's. he was awarded the family name of Kuki (nine demons) for
his spirited fighting and rescue of the Emporer. In addition to bo,
yari, shuriken and unarmed fighting methods, this tradition is well
known for its bojutsu and kenjutsu. Due in part to the Kuki family's
activities as suigun (navy) they adapted a low fighting posture that
permitted better balance on turbulent waters. This tradition is related
to Kukishin Ryu which is well known for its bojutsu.
This martial art was founded by Heinaizaemon
Ienaga Iga (Kumogakure Hoshi) who was believed to be the originator
of Iga Ryu Ninjutsu. The special skills of this tradition include
its use of the kamayari (sickle spear) and kote uchi (forearm striking)
techniques. Much of the training in this tradition is said to be likened
to the taijutsu and philosophies of escape and evasion techniques
in Togakure Ryu.
Founded by Unryu Hangan Gikanbo, Daimyo
of Kawachi Province. he developed this art from his lessons in Koshijutsu.
The lessons of this tradition are almost totally unknown to the public
and many of its secret techniques were handed down from soke to soke
This ryu was founded by Izumo Kanja
Yoshiteru. A characteristic of this ryu is its recognition of shizen
(natural) as the only necessary posture of defence. However, in reality,
a person imagines a posture of defence in his mind and places himself
on guard. This tradition has two sections of fighting (dakentaijutsu
& jutaijutsu) as well as the philosophy of not drawing a sword
unless absolutely necessary
This art is a branch of Koshijutsu
and was founded by Sasaki Goemon Teruyoshi. Characteristics of this
tradition include its unique use of nawa nage (rope throwing) and
espionage techniques. The secrets of this tradition have only been
hinted about by the current grandmaster.
Traces its lineage back to the 16th
century scroll Rinpo Hiden which was studied by Ito Ki-i no Kami.
This tradition was founded by Takagi Oriemon Shigenobu. This art developed
through the years and has strong links to Takeuchi Ryu, Kukishin Ryu
and Hontai Yoshin Ryu. This tradition teaches to always remain calm
and flexible like the willow.
Source: Bujinkan - Ten Chi Jin Ryaku No Maki (The Principles of Heaven,
Earth and Man)