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       Gyokko-ryū (玉虎流) Jeweled Tiger School is a school of kosshijutsu (骨指術) kenjutsu, and bōjutsu. Gyokko-ryū is sometimes referred to as Gyokko Ryū Ninpo from a ninjutsu component it used to contain. According to the 1968 edition of the Bugei Ryuha Daijiten, Masaaki Hatsumi is the current Sōke (head master) of the Ryū which was passed to him by his teacher Takamatsu Toshitsugu.

 

Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu techniques were brought to Japan from China during the Tang Dynasty by a Chinese monk called Cho Gyokko or Yo Gyokko. The ryu was passed down from generation to generation and was repeated until it was given to Sakagami Taro Kunishige. He organized the ryu and served as head from 1532 to 1555. The ryu was then passed to Momochi Sandayu. The Momochi family then passed the ryu to the Toda family and to Toshitsugu Takamatsu. Once, when Takamatsu was training with Shinryuken Toda, he was told that the most important thing for him to learn was the eight fundamental techniques called the Kihon Happo. These are the foundation stone for all Japanese martial arts. The Kihon Happo is made up of the basic pieces of the Gyokko ryu kata. Gyokko ryu is roughly divided into three sections: unarmed vs unarmed, unarmed vs knife, unarmed vs sword.

 

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Five Levels of the Gyokko Ryu
 
Ki Gata.....5 Techniques
Torite Kihon Gata.....10 Techniques
Jo Ryaku no Maki.....12 Techniques
Chu Ryaku no Maki.....8 Techniques
Ge Ryaku no Maki.....8 Techniques
 
Nine Rules of the Gyokko Ryu
 
- The character "nin" means to guard the nation with one's life
- Forget the self, be patient, and do not fear dying
- When in danger say or show nothing
- As a strong enemy comes, keep an indomitable spirit
- Serve and protect the master as you must your own parents
- Vices dissipate your proficiency
- Being drunk effects your judgement
- Destroy your enemy but not his life
- Dont teach others without masters permission
 
 
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Muto Waza are unarmed against either sword or spear and are the most advanced and difficult techniques of the Ryu. The basic movements are that of a spinning top. If a lock is placed on a joint, the joint is held still by the body, while the feet move one's body around the joint. Because footwork takes time, nerve strikes are applied before and during the motion. The movement in Gyokko ryu is also around an opponent's fixed point of balance.  Other specialties of this school are Koshi jutsu (attack on muscle and nerve points), Shito jutsu (use of thumb and other fingers), Ken jutsu (sword), Ko Dachi (short sword), Yari jutsu (spear), and Bo jutsu (various sticks).

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LINEAGE
 
IKAI
HOGENBO TESSHUN
SASABE TENDO
HACHIRYU NYUDO
 
Tozawa Hakuunsai.....Hogen era 1156-1159
Tozawa Shosuke.....Ohio era  1161-1162
Suzuki Saburo.....Joan era  1171-1180
Suzuki Gobei
Suzuki Kojiro Mitsu
Tozawa Soun.....Sho o ear  1288
Tozawa Nyudo Geneai
Yamon Hyoun
Kato Ryu Hakuun.....Oei era 1394
 
Sakagami Goro Katsushige.....Tembun era 1532
Sakagami Taro Kunishige.....Tembun era 1532-1555
Sakagami Kotaro Masahide.....Tembun era 1532
Sogyokkan Ritsushi.....Tembun era 1532
 
Toda Sakyo Ishinsai.....Tembun era 1532
Momochi Sandayu.....Tembun era 1542-1555 (d. 1581)
Momochi Sandayu II.....Tensho era 1573-1591
Momochi Tanba Yasumitsu.....Bunroku era 1595-1615
Momochi Taro Saemon.....Genna era 1615-1624
Toda Seiryu Nobutsuna.....Kwanyei era 1624-1644
Toda Fudo Nobuchika.....Manji era 1658-1681
Toda Kangoro Nobuyasu.....Tenna era 1681-1704
Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa.....Hoyei era 1704-1711
Toda Shinbei Masachika.....Shotoku era 1711-1736
Toda Shingoro Masayoshi.....Gembun era 1736-1764
Toda Daigoro Chikahide.....Meiwa era 1764-1804
Toda Daisaburo Chikashige.....Bunkwa era 1804
Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu.....b. 1824 - d. 1909
Takamatsu Toshitsugu.....b.  1887 - d. 1972
Masaaki Hatsumi.....b. 1931 - CURRENT
 
 
 
 

HISTORICAL DISCLAIMER:  When searching for information regarding secret societies and old martial arts schools of training, it is very hard if not impossible to find all of the information regarding the history of the arts.  The information that I have placed on all of the seven traditions (ryuha) that are studied within the Budo Ryu Kai (Koka-ryu Kempo, Tenjin-ryu Jujutsu, Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu, Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu, Koto-ryu Koppojutsu, Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu & Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu) may be entirely wrong & inaccurate.  The information that I have listed is the information that I gathered from my teachers, my training and my personal research of the arts.  This historical information of the seven traditions taught within the Budo Ryu Kai I feel is correct based on my personal training and research.

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