Trevor Robinson Shidoshi

Truth, Loyalty, and Justice school
Gikan Ryu is almost totally unknown to the public and the secret techniques were handed down only to the next generation. The Gikan Ryu Grandmaster was Uryu Hangan Gikanbo. He was of the Eiroku Era (1558 - 1570). He was a ruler of Kawachi No Kuni (Osaka) with the clan castle “Uryujo”. He was a true warrior and martial artist. His original intentions were to strive to keep the country at peace for all time. From his teachings there comes his slogan “Bufu Ni Sente Nashi” (From this side there is not the first strike). The Gikan Ryu was developed by Gikanbo with a lot based on the Chinese style of Cho Gyoko’s line. He then merged these with native Japanese martial arts. This style contains special kicks, punches and throws. Grades were awarded on a step by step level system being scrolls for: Shoden Gata, Chuden Gata, Okuden Gata, and Kaiden Gata etc... In ancient times the name Jujitsu was not used. The styles were termed: Kosshi Jutsu, Koppo Jutsu, Daken Taijutsu. His special punch could break a sword and he was a specialist of Koppo Jutsu, Hicho Jutsu and Senban Nage Jutsu, etc. The 10th Generation Uryu Gikanbo went by the same name as the first. This man was a warrior supporting the Emperor’s side during the rebellion of “Tenchi Gumi No Ran” at the end of Edo Era on August 17th, 1863. This was a famous battle. He was a tremendous force in the battle, being injured by a rifle shot he continued attacking with his one arm until he was overcome by many sword cuts from his enemies. Injured to the point of exhaustion he retired from the battle behind a temple. He was found there by an Iga warrior, Ishitani Matsutaro on his way to join the battle. He was told by Gikanbo that it had finished. Ishitani aided Gikanbo and took him into Iga to recover, later being repaid for this kindness by being taught Gikan Ryu techniques. On his own merit Ishitani Matsutaro was a Grandmaster already of Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, etc. In Meiji Era when Ishitani was 61 he was given employment by the father of Takamatsu Sensei at the family factory. From this Ishitani started teaching Takamatsu Sensei. From Ishitani, Takamatsu Sensei was granted the Grandmastership of the next generation in Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, Gikan Ryu etc.


AKIMOTO FUMIO 15. He still continued to fight with the use of only one arm. he was fighting for the Emperors side. URYU YOSHIYASU 10.Truth. URYU YOSHICHIKA 5. A friendship was then formed. He told Ishitani that the battle had already finished. Uryu had been involved in the battle "Tenchigumi no Ran". URYU GIKAN 11. and Senban Nage. It was at this temple that he was met by Ishitani. and Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu ). adding it to two others that he was already Soke of (Kukishinden Ryu . and Ishitani was taught the Gikan Ryu . It is said that Uryu Gikanbo's punch was so powerful. TAKAMATSU TOSHITSUGU 14. of the Kukishinden Ryu . . URYU YOSHIHIDE 7. He lived in the family castle known as Uryujo. and afterwards escape to the province of Iga. URYU YOSHIMORI 8. but was shot in the arm by a musket. was the Daimyo of Kawachi no Kuni (Kawachi province). 1887 . so Ishitani then helped him recover. This took place on 17th August 1863. ISHITANI TAKEOI MASATSUGU 12. The 2nd Soke Uryu Yoshimitsu. that he once broke a sword blade in half. URYU YOSHIMORI 4. URYU YOSHIMITSU 3.d. URYU YOSHITAKA 6. URYU HANGAN GIKANBO 2. 1972 approx death 1962 b. ISHITANI MATSUTARO TAKEKAGE 13. URYU YOSHIAKI 9. He was also a master of Hichojutsu. the 10th Soke Uryu Gikan met Ishitani Takeoi Masatsugu. 1931 - GIKAN RYU HISTORY OF GIKAN RYU The Ryu was founded by Uryu Gikanbo. He retired to the safety of a nearby temple. and Justice school KOPPOJUTSU SOKE OF GIKAN RYU 1. HATSUMI MASAAKI Yeiroku era 1558-1570 Tensho era 1573-1592 Kan-ei era 1624-1644 Kambun era 1661-1673 Genroku era 1688-1704 Horeki era 1751-1764 Kansei era 1789-1801 Tenpo era 1830-1844 Bunkyu era 1861-1864 Keio era 1865-1868 approx death 1905 approx death 1911 b. Loyalty. he later became Soke of this school. was to become in his later years a monk.

then bring the right hand over the top to create a jumonji effect with your arms to bar the arm then drop back to the right bringing him down. then he hugs the arm with his right arm to form an arm bar. then twist and lean back to break the arm. The tori responds by sidestepping to the left whilst twisting the left hand so that the palm is facing up and the fingers are pointing to the eyes. then place your left hand palm against the uke's fingers with your fingers pointing towards the eyes. . The tori drops to the left and uses a basic tehodoki movement on the wrist grip and executes a jodan uke with his right hand. then with your right hand take an upside down omote gyaku. Then twist bringing uke's hands in towards your chest trapping them on your chest then taking ura gyaku with your right hand and barring the elbow with your left elbow to his right elbow.Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu Justice/Loyalty Regard School Shoden Kata Hiki Otoshi The uke grabs the left sleeve between the shoulder and the elbow with his right hand. Iri Chigae The uke grabs the right wrist with his right hand. The tori steps to the left and takes his right hand over the top of uke's hands takes hold of his own left hand. Ete Nage The uke grabs the left wrist with his right hand and jodan tsuki with his left. The tori steps back 45 degrees to the left and grabs the inside of the wrist. bring the wrist down to the obi then take a deep step away and twist to throw uke to the ground. drop your weight and wind the arm in a circle to throw. The tori sidesteps to the left covering the grabbing hand with his left inside wrist area on the outside of uke's grabbing hand. Kote Gaeshi The uke grabs the left hand with both hands. Kakae Komi The uke grabs the left wrist with the right hand and jodan tsuki with his left. then step in and execute a left happa ken strike to the solar plexus to bar the arm. twist to the outside of the arm and step on the toes to trap any movement.

The tori drops back to the right whilst blocking with a jumonji cross block then kick attacker with right foot to the kinteki (testicles) as you drop back. The tori then twists inwards and away whilst executing a left boshi ken . The tori responds by stepping forward 45 degrees to the right. Uchi Otoshi The uke executes a right tsui ken (downward striking fudo ken). Eri Hiki The uke stands behind the tori and grabs the collar with his right hand. The tori steps to the left whilst covering the grabbing hand with his left hand then brings his right hand over the top to grab his own clothing (jacket) to entangle the uke's hand. bring the other arm to join the left arm and step back. . The tori passes the right hand over and in between the uke's hands and assumes a kongo gassho grip. Iki Chigae As you walk towards each other the uke grabs the right wrist with the right hand. taking his left hand towards the eyes to break the grip then bring down the left elbow down sharply onto the uke's left elbow to break the elbow while stepping back. Bring the left forearm onto the elbow as in ganseki. then twist to the right and bring the hands towards the chest then step back with the right leg to take down.Ryote Dori The uke grabs both wrists . grab the wrist with your right hand and the elbow with your left forearm then step deep into deep stance. covering the grabbing hand as you go. barring th arm with both arms. Ori Ki The uke grabs the obi (belt) with his right hand and punches (jodan tsuki) the tori steps forward to the left and blocks whilst covering the right hand with the middle knuckles on the back of uke's hand. then as you step back bring your right hand on top of your left hand to apply pressure to drive the knuckles home drop your hips deep to create intense pain. roll the forearm to bar the arm. Ryomune Dori The uke grabs the lapels with both hands. Kasumi Gaeshi The uke grabs the left lapel with his right hand and jodan tsuki with his left. The tori then twists to the right taking ura gyaku bringing the left elbow over the top of the grabbing arm to lock arm twist back to break arm. the tori responds by twisting to the outside of the arm and executes a left shuto to the solar plexus whilst keeping hold of the uke's right hand then drop your weight and grab under the elbow or triceps area with the left hand then row the elbow to throw.

Hiki Tate The uke grabs the tori's right wrist with his right hand. using your elbow to bar uke's elbow. The tori circles right hand clockwise to grab uke's wrist and then steps in and bars elbow with his own arm or armpit and executes yokonagare into uke's arm. Gyaku Muna Dore The uke grabs both lapels. Maru Mi The uke grabs the right wrist with right hand. The tori kicks with right foot to uke's kinteki whilst twisting left hand up so that the fingers are pointing towards uke's eyes. Tori covers with right hand and drops to the right knee and catches punching hand with left. Twist back to break or throw. Step across and throw with double seionage. Ichimonji The uke grabs the right lapel with his left hand and executes a tsui ken. then passes left hand under both arms whilst twisting inwards to bar arms. bringing left elbow over the top to bar the arm. grabbing the inside of the wrist then steps in and executes a fudo ken to the solar plexus. Eri Jime The uke takes a cross hand jime (right hand on top). Mojiri Gaeshi The uke grabs left lapel with right hand and the tori executes a chinese burn usinf pressure points twisting the body to the left and executing a right shuki ken to the face to bring uke down. With the right hand take an upside down omote gyaku then turn the wrist into a reverse take ori. twist clockwise rising up to bar both arms and throw with double seionage. twisting clockwise. Then hug uke's arm with the left arm barring the elbow then drop body taking arm into attacker's body. The tori executes a double boshi ken to the butsumetsu (ribs) then takes ura gyaku on uke's top hand. Gyaku Te Nage The uke grabs both wrists. then twist to throw. The tori passes over and between the uke's hands and grabs the right hand from underneath. Mae Kata Dori . The tori steps back 45 degrees to the left.

Then twist in and execute a boshi ken to the throat with the right hand and follows uke down keeping the goja dori on. Then twist anticlockwise to break the arm. The tori hugs uke's chest and kicks to kinteki with the right foot then executes a yokonagare bringing uke over. uke punches to the head. Tsuri Gane The uke rugby tackles tori's waist. the tori shifts back 45 degrees to the right. grabs the right with his right hand. then lift and throw. blocks the arm and takes goja dori. sits and twists to break the arm. Then straddle uke's body. Twist clockwise with the body. from behind. taking ura gyaku with the right. . Tori raises the right hand to cover the incoming punch while grabbing the inside of the wrist. bringing left hand onto grabbing hand and twist wrist anti-clockwise to lock. then twist clockwise bringing left arm over grabbing arm close to the body (creating hon gyaku) and down while dropping body. As tori turns around. Kaeshi Nage The uke. Uchi Komi Kakae The uke executes a right tsui ken. Sanmyaku Dori The uke hugs waist from behind (left hand on top). The tori side steps to the left.The uke grabs the left lapel with his right hand and punches with the left. Tori strikes double fudo ken onto uke's hands to release grip then takes uke's left hand with his right hand then brings left hand under uke's left arm and grabs his own right wrist on top. Then drive thumbs into throat.

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