Not much is known about this Bujinkan Ryu. Soke Hatsumi has not taught much, if any of it in public that I am aware of. What I know of this Ryu is limited to a couple of conversations with Soke and one demonstration of a technique that I will discuss below. COM [i].
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Not much is known about this Bujinkan Ryu. Soke Hatsumi has not taught much, if any of it in public that I am aware of. What I know of this Ryu is limited to a couple of conversations with Soke and one demonstration of a technique that I will discuss below.
COM [i]. He lived in the family castle called Uryujo. He was also a master of Hichojutsu, and Senban Nage. Gikan ryu contains many special kicks, punches, and throws and its dynamic footwork is used widely within the Bujinkan system. Unfortunately little of the actual techniques have been taught in the west and so little is known. One of the special teachings of the ryu is Bufu ni sente nashi from this side there is not the first strike , which tells us that this was a defensive, not offensive art.
The Makimono scrolls of Gikan Ryu have sections on the kata names, history, secret striking points kyusho , and strategies used by the ryu, but research revealed that the makimono, when referring to techniques, only mention the names, and do not contain the step by step instructions as do some makimono. This was done in order to keep the teachings of the school secret in case the scrolls were stolen. From what we understand there are no densho in the Gikan Ryu.
The whole range of kata for the ryu was taught orally. A book listed at the bottom of the article has additional information on this little known Ryu. See the footnote below. Now, as for the technique I learned from Soke. I was visiting Soke in his office one afternoon in the spring of when he said, Phiyo, let me show you a Gikan Ryu technique. He jumped up between the sofa and table and said put your right arm out like a punch.
In the photos below you can see the progression of the technique. His left hand and forearm slips over the top of my punching arm and deflects it to the outside my right. Soke presents his fist toward my face and all I can see is his punch coming in. He then sinks his elbow down into my solar plexus area.
This was a total surprise because my attention was still on his fist. My body reacts to his elbow strike by bending forward at the waist not captured on camera and he immediately follows with a back fist to my face. This causes me to lean backward, he then steps in with his left leg to deliver a right elbow to my shoulder socket area and drive me downward.
What may not be apparent in the photos is what he is doing with his left hand. After moving my punch outside, he slides his hand up near the inside of my elbow and continues to pressure my arm in the outside direction moving me more to the right. I barely noticed how he closed the distance, moved over the top of my punching arm and positioned his right arm to strike.
All I saw was that incoming fist. It captured all of my attention. By then it was too late, he had hit me three times and was driving me down to the floor with pressure to my right shoulder back and down and his right elbow moving toward my face and then into shoulder.
Soke did not know or remember the name of the technique. It was two minutes of training that I was lucky enough to receive. I was also fortunate to have a friend on hand to document the technique. I will show this technique at our upcoming black belt seminar and have it filmed for our member website so you can see what it looks like in movement. Check us out. He is the only recipient of the BuyuSho award from Hatsumi Soke recognizing his benevolent warrior spirit.
Additionally, he is a combat veteran having spent more than 44 years of combined service in the USMC and the Department of Defense. Phil and Joanne lived in Japan off and on for many years. Phil is recently retired and they now reside in Hawaii. Bujinkan Taka-Seigi Dojo. Home Free Videos Blogs Events. Phil Legare As always I appreciate you comments and feedback.
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9 Schools of Bujinkan: Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu
Most famous in Bujinkan for the difficult and odd Kamaes in its taijutsu. This school is also specialised in Koppojutsu. Gikan Ryu SokeGrandmasters 1. Uryu, Hangan Gikanbo; Yeiroku era 2.
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