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Koto Ryu Koppojutsu

Koto Ryu Koppojutsu

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Kot Ry
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The lineage of Koto Ryu:
Koppojutsu originated in ancient China. It was brought to Japan by the monk Chan Busho of Korea approximately 23generations before it was reorganized by Sakagami TaroKunishige in 1542. Sometime between 1542 and 1555,Koto Ryu was passed from Toda Sakyo Ishinsai toMomochi Sandayu.Sakagami Taro KunishigeBando Kotaro Minamoto Masahide (killed in battle in1542)Sougyoku Kan Ritsushi (Soke of Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu) Toda Sakyo IshinsaiMomochi Sandayu (circa 1542-1555)Momochi Sandayu (circa 1570-1592)
Momochi Tanba Yasumitsu (Lord of Ryukojo, 1596-1615)Momochi Taro Saemon (1615-1624) Toda Seiryu Nobutsuna (1624-1644) Toda Fudo Nobuchika (1658-1661)Toda Kangoro Nobuyasu (1681) Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa (1704) Toda Shingoro Masayoshi (1711) Toda Daigoro Masayoshi (1736)Toda Daisaburo Chikashige (1804) Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu (b.1824 - d.1908) Takamatsu Toshitsugu (b.1887 - d.1972)Hatsumi Masaaki (b. 1931 - )
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu(Knocking Down Tiger School)
History of Koto Ryu
  The exact origin of KOTO RYU is unknown, but it was probablybrought to Japan from what to day is Korea by a person namedCHAN BUSHO. There are no sources on when this happened exactly,but there went several generations before the system wasorganized by SAKAGAMI TARO KUNISHIGE. It was took two moregenerations until TODA SAKYO ISHINSAI formally formed KOTO RYUKOPPOJUTSU as a RYU.SAKAGAMI TARO KUNISHIGE was considered as the first SOKE inKOTO RYU, but BANDO KOTARO MINAMOTO MASAHIDE, The onethat was to be the 2nd SOKE died in battle 1542.Instead the RYU went to SOUGYOKU KAN RITSUSHI who also was theSOKE of GYOKKO RYU. There after the KOTO RYU was following thesame family line as GYOKKO RYU, today the SOKE of both RYU areMASAAKI HATSUMI and can be found in the BUJINKAN BUDO TAIJUTSU system. The difference attributed to GYOKKO RYU was thatKOTO RYU was only taught to the person that would become thenext SOKE. The name KOTO RYU means "knocking down tiger", to knock down atiger with the fingers, the techniques are quite brutal in its methods.KOPPOJUTSU means to destroy the bone structure of the attacker,Koppo also means knack or skill and does not necessarily meanBone Breaking . What specializes the KOTO RYU techniques is thatdistance is created by moving along with the attack, then movingforward with a strike and then move quickly out to a safe distanceagain. This is done to come in with a strike at exactly 90 degreesagainst the bone structure of the attacker to do most damage. To dothis demands good timing and rhythm in the defensive attack, oftendone with YOKO ARUKI
Another thing that is a specialty is the YOKO ARUKI (moving with thelegs crossing each other). Another important part of the footwork isto hit the attackers TOKI (the top of the foot), by kicking or steppingon it to control his balance. You must learn to do this unconsciously.It should also be noted that the starting distance should be reallybig from the start, the attacker must take one big step or severalsteps to reach the defender. This states clearly that KOTO RYU wasdeveloped for the battlefield or out doors in general, and not insidea house or narrowed places. THE EYES The KOTO RYU stylist should be looking right between the attackerseyebrows, so that the attacker cannot read the intentions throughhis eyes. The attacker will also believe that he has eye contact,which will be confusing for him in an unusual way.Other typical methods of KOTO RYU is the use of METSUBUSHI,different ways of blinding the attacker or attacking the eyes directly.METSUBUSHI could be powder thrown at the attackers eyes, butalso reflections at the eyes from the sword or other metal blades.For example when it rains the KOTO RYU stylist would stand inMANGETSU NO KAMAE (similar to HOKO NO KAMAE with the blade inthe left hand) and collect water in the HI (groove)of the blade andthen throw the water at the enemy’s eyes before the sword slashesdown.Because of the hard character of the KOTO RYU techniques itdemands hard discipline training to harden the body. TAKAMATSU TOSHITSUGU (the former SOKE) started his training in KOTO RYUwhen he was nine years old, and was considered a KOTO RYUmaster when he was 13 years old. In his autobiography he haswritten that he got hard fingers and toes by hitting stone and graveluntil the blood came through the fingernails and toenails.SHAKO KEN (claw hand) is one of the strikes that are used in KOTORYU. There are story's about TAKAMATSU in the 1960's when heconvinced KOIZUME SHIZUO, a journalist from the TOKYO SportNewspaper, by literally drilling five holes through the bark of a treewith his SHAKO KEN fingerstrike.KOTO RYU also has an unusual way of using the Japanese sword.KOTO RYU is one of the very few RYU that sometime changed thegrip of the sword by holding it with the left hand near the TSUKA,and switching the placement of the feet. This gives multiple ways of holding the sword with crossed arms that would totally confuse the

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