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Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō ("The Jeweled Heart School") is a Japanese school of martial arts which is considered a style of koshijutsu (pressure point, nerve and muscle attacks and joint dislocations). The Ryu is well known as being taught within the Bujinkan martial arts organization.

History and legend

According to the Bugei Ryuha Daijiten, the head of the Bujinkan organization, Masaaki Hatsumi is the lineage holder of Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō. The Bugei Ryuha Daijiten states that the Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō was transferred to Masaaki Hatsumi in the middle of the 20th Century by his teacher Takamatsu Toshitsugu. Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō is taught today in the Bujinkan organization[1][2][3][4][5].

In 1843 Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō was mentioned in the Kakutogi no Rekishi (“The History of Fighting Arts”), p.508-517. Although details of the ryūha was omitted, the publication states, “even though they are not mentioned in this particular periodical, there are several schools that are well-known for being ‘effective arts’ (jitsuryoku ha).” Among the schools listed in this section was Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō. [6]

According to the Bujinkan martial arts organization, Gyokushin-ryū was founded in the mid-16th century by Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi, who was also then-sōke of Gyokko Ryu, which explains similarities between the two styles. Gyokushin-ryū is considered a style of koshijutsu. Masaaki Hatsumi is the current and 21st sōke. [7]

Techniques of the Gyokushin-ryū

According to the Bujinkan, Gyokushin Ryu has sutemi waza techniques, and is more focused on the art and techniques of espionage, rather than fighting. Its most prominent weapon is the lasso (nagenawa). [7]

Notes

  1. ^ Tetsuzan: Chapter1 p18; ISBN 4-901619-06-3
  2. ^ Alex Esteve: Exploring the essence of the Martial Arts, ISBN 978-84-85278-30-5
  3. ^ Ninjustsu, History and Tradition; ISBN 0-86568-027-2
  4. ^ Fooprints of the Bujinkan dojo soke
  5. ^ bushinblog » Print » Authenticity and the Bujinkan
  6. ^ The History of Fighting Arts. 1843. pp. 508–517.  
  7. ^ a b Budotaijutsu
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