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The Bikenjutsu is the heading for a group that is made up of Kenjutsu, Kodachi, and Jutte. The Juttejutsu is the most important part of the Bikenjutsu. The Jutte also has the Tessenjutsu. It is important that the Taijutsu is mastered before the Jutte can be used effectively. Some of the Kukishinden Ryu Densho books appear on the second color page at the front of the book on Bojutsu by Hatsumi Masaaki. These Densho books are titled as such (from left to right):

  1. Kukishin Ryu Happo Biken no Jutsu 1
  2. Kukishin Ryu Happo Biken no Jutsu 2
  3. Kukishin Ryu Happo Biken no Jutsu 3
  4. Kukishin Happo Biken no Jutsu 3
  5. Hon Tai Kukishin Chosui Ryu, Kukishin Ryu Dakentaijutsu Gokui no maki 2


kukishin densho DENSHO of KUKISHINDEN: Kukishin Ryu Gokui no Maki Hontai Kukishin Chosui Ryu Dakentaijutsu, Kuki Happo Hiken no Jutsu, Kukishin Ryu Happo Hiken no Jutsu, Kukishin Ryu Happo Hiken no Jutsu, Kukishin Ryu Happo Hiken no Jutsu  


The Chosui in number 5, was one of the warrior names used by Takamatsu, the 25th Soke of the school. He took the name Chosui when he learnt the Okuden level of the Dakentaijutsu. May 4th 1575 (Tensho 3), the 9th Soke Kuriyama Ukongen Nagafusa was a Samurai from the Kurama Ryu serving in the army of Oda Nobunaga. It was during the battle of Nagashino that he fought against Suzuki Tango no kami Katsuhisa, a Samurai in the service of Takeda Katsuyori. Suzuki carried a Tachi which was Sanjaku Gosun long (3 shaku 5 sun = 96.2cm). Kuriyama and Suzuki were both on horseback Kuriyama used a red Oak octagonal Rokushakubo. Suzuki cut the Bo in half at the centre, but as he raised his Tachi to Daijodan no Kamae to cut down at Kuriyama again, Kuriyama struck upwards with his Hanbo (the halved Bo) at Suzuki’s hands.



This caused Suzuki to drop his Tachi. A retainer of Suzuki’s who was near by passed. Suzuki a Yari (Spear), when Suzuki thrust the Yari at Kuriyama, Kuriyama moved to the side so that the Yari blade would miss him. Kuriyama moved to the side, and he struck Suzuki on the head with the halved Bo (Hanbo) which caused him to fall from his horse bleeding from his head and mouth. He died soon after. After this incident Kuriyama went on to create the Hanbo and instigated it’s use in the Kukishin Ryu. Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu. This however is not to be mixed up with the Kukishinden Hyoho which was transmitted from Ishitani to Iwami Nangaku. Takamatsu only received Menkyo kaiden in this school.

Yoroi No Kankaku Tachi Kumi Uchi

The Kuki family originated from Ise and Shima. It was during the time of the 12th Soke of the Kukishin Ryu Kuki Ohsumi no Kami Takatsune, which the Kuki family was sent to Tanba and Ayabe by the Shogunate. The Kukishin Ryu continued to exist and operate in its new area.Formal Techniques of Kukishin RyuThe densho (scrolls) are arranged in a particular order, and each [1] (technique), [2] (forms), etc are supposed to be learnt in the same order, mastering one before going on to the next one. 

Kukishin ryu is divided as such:

* (Unarmed methods)
** Gata (Postures)
**Kihon Gata (Fundamentals)
**Omote no Kata (Obvious/outer forms)
**Sabaki no Kata (Moving forms)
**Shime no Kata (Strangulations and hold downs)
**Tai no Kata (Body forms)
**Muto Dori (Unarmed defence against sword)
**Daishosabaki no Kata (Forms with no weapons in hand, but a long and short sword a worn at the side while performing them)
**Teppan Kata (Forms using the teppan, a square steel plate)
**Sensodori (Forms using the tessen, a metal fan)
**Shirabe Moguri Gata (Takedowns, throws; some involve throwing yourself)
**Atekomi (Strikes)
**Toritsuki and Shinkatsubo (Methods of dealing with multiple opponents, from two attackers up to nine)
**Hayanawa (Methods of tying your opponent with rope)
* (Sword methods)
**Kamae Gata
**Kihon Gata
**Omote no Kata
**Tokenjutsu no Kata (Forms that involve throwing the sword)
**Gokui no Kata (Secret forms)
**Kaiden Gata (These forms are intended for masters)
*(Staff methods)
**Kamae Gata
**Kihon Gata
**Omote no Kata
**Chugokui (Middle level secrets)
**Gokui no Kata (Secret forms)
**Kaiden Gata
*Yarijutsu (Spear methods)
**Kamae Gata
**Omote no Kata
**Gokui no Kata
*(Halberd) Naginata - Bisento - Nagamaki
**Kamae Gata
**Kihon Gata
**Omote no Kata
**Gokui Gata
**Kaiden Gata
*(Half staff) Hambo Jutsu - Jo Jutsu
**Kamae Gata
**Kihon Gata
**Omote no Kata
**Gokui no Kata
**Sensodori (Methods of using a Tanbo, a very small staff)
*(Iron truncheon) Jutte Jutsu
*(Water methods) Sui Jutsu
**Musui no Ho
*(Fire methods) Kajutsu
**Hibuse no Ho
**Hezeme Senpo
**Kayaku no Hiho
**Katate Nawa no Ho
**Basyu Issoku
**Araumadome no Hiho
 **Kuden (Oral transmition, the densho also contain articles on strategy)


Kukishinden Ryū Happō Biken – article translation


後醍醐天皇の守護についていた薬師丸蔵人隆真を始祖とする。後に功により九鬼姓を賜 わった。棒、槍、薙刀、手裏剣、体術などの8法に剣術が加わる。剣が特に素晴らしい。当時は戦争の時代だったから殺人剣が多かったが、後に平和な時代にな るとそれが活人剣になる。九鬼水軍が船の上で用いたため、腰を低く落として安定した構えが基本になった。

Kukishinden ryū happō biken

The founder Yakushimaru Kurando Takanao was a military governor (shugo) under Emperor Go-Daigo. The Kuki family name was an honour granted later. Kenjutsu is added to the eight methods that include bō, yari, naginata, shuriken and taijutsu. The sword (technique) is especially wonderful. At this time it was an era of war and many people were killed with the sword. Later in the period of peace it became the life saving sword. The Kuki naval forces worked on board ship so the fundamental became dropping the hips for a low stable stance.

九鬼神伝流八法秘剣 Kukishinden ryū happō biken – nine demons divine transmission style, eight methods, secret sword.

The 鬼 ki of kuki is generally translated as demon, however could also mean spirit or ogre (read Oni), more importantly this does not have the evil connotation that the word demon in English (or Judeo-Christian languages) does.
Shinden can variously be translated as ‘teachings of the gods’ ‘teaching conveyed from the gods’ ‘transmitted to the soul’.
Happō can be eight methods, laws or principles, bearing in mind that eight can imply ‘numerous’.

薬師丸蔵人隆真 Yakushimaru Kurando Takanao

薬師丸 Yakushimaru – medicine man, chemical expert
蔵人 Kurando – keeper of imperial archives or a sake brewer
隆真 Takanao – noble truth – the same kanji can also be read as Takamasa, Takanori, Ryūma, Ryūshin and various others – as there is no furigana in the article to indicate the pronunciation I’ve left it as Takanao.


守護 Shugo – military governor in the Kamakura and Muromachi period

後醍醐天皇 Go-Daigo Tennō – the later or second to bear the name Daigo, equivalent of saying Emperor Daigo II. Tennō – heavenly emperor/Emperor of Japan. Lived 1288 – 1339 and reigned from 1318 – 1339.
Go-Daigo in 1336/7 (transition from Kamakura to Muromachi period) set up the southern court and so began the period of two courts Nanboku-chō (Southern and Northern)

1185 – 1333 鎌倉時代 Kamakura jidai
1333 – 1336 建武の新政 Kemmu no Shinsei
1336 – 1573 室町時代 Muromachi jidai
1336 – 1392 南北朝時代 Nanboku-chō jidai (a subdivision of the Muromachi)

The lineage chart shows Kukishinden ryū, originating with Yakushimaru Kurando, passing through Ōoka Kihei Shigenobu to Ishitani Matsutarō Takakage who then passes it on to Takamatsu Toshitsugu to arrive at Hatsumi Masaaki. Note here that in the Japanese article 大岡鬼平重信 Ōoka Kihei Shigenobu is written – usually this person is 大国 Ōkuni Kihei Shigenobu – this may be typo from when the chart was edited for the magazine…





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