Kukishinden Ryû Happo Hikenjutsu

"School of the Nine Demon Gods" - Dr. Hatsumi is the 28th Soke

Overview:

This school is known in the Bujinkan for its battlefield arts. This school is part of the famous Kukishin line, one of Japans oldest and revered samurai clans. This art is known for its fast and powerful ken (sword) and bo (6ft. stick) techniques. The dakentaijutsu of this art uses techniques assuming the combatants are wearing armor, and the movements reflect this by off-balancing the opponent when striking and defending. This system was used as a naval art, and consequently the movements are designed to also be used on a ship that is slippery and rocking. Besides ken (sword) and bo (6ft. stick) many other weapons of the Bujinkan are used in this art including kodachi (short sword), jutte (metal rod), shuriken (throwing blades), hanbo (3ft. stick), jo (4.5ft. stick), yari (spear), naginata and bisento (halberds). This school was formed by Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru presumably around the 1100's.


Soke of Kukishinden Ryû:

  1. Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru
  2. Izumo Koshiro Terunobu
  3. Izumo Matsushiro Teruhide
  4. Izumo Bungo Yoshiteru
  5. Izumo Kanja Yoshitaka
  6. Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru
  7. Ohkuni Kisanata Kiyosumi
  8. Tsutsumi Hakushi Mori Ritsuzan
  9. Kuriyama Ukongen Nagafusa
  10. Arima Koshinosuke Masayoshi
  11. Ohkuni Kogenta Yukihisa
  12. Kazama Shinkuro Hidechika
  13. Ohkuni Kihei Shigenobu Genroku Era (1688)
  14. Otone Sakon Yasumasa
  15. Otone Genpachi Yoshihide
  16. Otone Gengoro Yasuhira
  17. Awaji Nyudo Chikayasu
  18. Kurama Kotaro Genshin
  19. Ohkuni Izumo Mori Shigehiro Kokwa Era (1844)
  20. Sugino Juheita Kanemitsu
  21. Hisahara Genjuro Yoshitane
  22. Hisahara Kotaro Nobuyoshi
  23. Ishitani Takeoi Matsatsugu (approx. death 1905)
  24. Ishitani Matsutaro Takekage (approx. death 1911)
  25. Takamatsu Toshitsugu b. 1887 - d. 1972
  26. Hatsumi Masaaki b.1931 -