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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.
Trevor Robinson Shidoshi GIKAN RYU
Truth, Loyalty, and Justice school KOPPOJUTSU SOKE OF GIKAN RYU
1. URYU HANGAN GIKANBO 2. URYU YOSHIMITSU 3. URYU YOSHIMORI 4. URYU YOSHICHIKA 5. URYU YOSHITAKA 6. URYU YOSHIHIDE 7. URYU YOSHIMORI 8. URYU YOSHIAKI 9. URYU YOSHIYASU 10. URYU GIKAN 11. ISHITANI TAKEOI MASATSUGU 12. ISHITANI MATSUTARO TAKEKAGE 13. TAKAMATSU TOSHITSUGU 14. AKIMOTO FUMIO 15. 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. 1887 - d. 1972 approx death 1962 b. 1931 -
HISTORY OF GIKAN RYU
The Ryu was founded by Uryu Gikanbo, was the Daimyo of Kawachi no Kuni (Kawachi province). He lived in the family castle known as Uryujo. It is said that Uryu Gikanbo's punch was so powerful, that he once broke a sword blade in half. He was also a master of Hichojutsu, and Senban Nage. The 2nd Soke Uryu Yoshimitsu, was to become in his later years a monk. the 10th Soke Uryu Gikan met Ishitani Takeoi Masatsugu, of the Kukishinden Ryu . Uryu had been involved in the battle "Tenchigumi no Ran". This took place on 17th August 1863, he was fighting for the Emperors side, but was shot in the arm by a musket. He still continued to fight with the use of only one arm. He retired to the safety of a nearby temple. It was at this temple that he was met by Ishitani, He told Ishitani that the battle had already finished, so Ishitani then helped him recover, and afterwards escape to the province of Iga. A friendship was then formed, and Ishitani was taught the Gikan Ryu , he later became Soke of this school, adding it to two others that he was already Soke of (Kukishinden Ryu , and Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu ).
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
Justice/Loyalty Regard School
The uke grabs the left sleeve between the shoulder and the elbow with his right hand. The tori sidesteps to the left covering the grabbing hand with his left inside wrist area on the outside of uke's grabbing hand, 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.
The uke grabs the left wrist with the right hand and jodan tsuki with his left. 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 he hugs the arm with his right arm to form an arm bar, twist to the outside of the arm and step on the toes to trap any movement, then twist and lean back to break the arm.
The uke grabs the left hand with both hands. 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. 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.
The uke grabs the right wrist with his right hand. The tori steps back 45 degrees to the left and grabs the inside of the wrist, then step in and execute a left happa ken strike to the solar plexus to bar the arm, bring the wrist down to the obi then take a deep step away and twist to throw uke to the ground.
The uke grabs the left wrist with his right hand and jodan tsuki with his left. 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 with your right hand take an upside down omote gyaku, then place your left hand palm against the uke's fingers with your fingers pointing towards the eyes, drop your weight and wind the arm in a circle to throw.
The uke grabs both wrists . The tori responds by stepping forward 45 degrees to the right, 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.
The uke grabs the lapels with both hands. The tori passes the right hand over and in between the uke's hands and assumes a kongo gassho grip, then twist to the right and bring the hands towards the chest then step back with the right leg to take down.
The uke grabs the left lapel with his right hand and jodan tsuki with his left. 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. 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 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.
The uke executes a right tsui ken (downward striking fudo ken). 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, grab the wrist with your right hand and the elbow with your left forearm then step deep into deep stance.
As you walk towards each other the uke grabs the right wrist with the right hand, 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.
The uke stands behind the tori and grabs the collar with his right hand. The tori then twists inwards and away whilst executing a left boshi ken , covering the grabbing hand as you go. Bring the left forearm onto the elbow as in ganseki, roll the forearm to bar the arm, bring the other arm to join the left arm and step back, barring th arm with both arms.
The uke grabs the tori's right wrist with his right hand. The tori steps back 45 degrees to the left, grabbing the inside of the wrist then steps in and executes a fudo ken to the solar plexus. Then hug uke's arm with the left arm barring the elbow then drop body taking arm into attacker's body.
The uke grabs the right wrist with right hand. 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 Te Nage
The uke grabs both wrists. 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. With the right hand take an upside down omote gyaku then turn the wrist into a reverse take ori, using your elbow to bar uke's elbow, then twist to throw.
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.
The uke grabs the right lapel with his left hand and executes a tsui ken. Tori covers with right hand and drops to the right knee and catches punching hand with left, twist clockwise rising up to bar both arms and throw with double seionage.
Gyaku Muna Dore
The uke grabs both lapels. The tori passes over and between the uke's hands and grabs the right hand from underneath, then passes left hand under both arms whilst twisting inwards to bar arms. Step across and throw with double seionage.
The uke takes a cross hand jime (right hand on top). The tori executes a double boshi ken to the butsumetsu (ribs) then takes ura gyaku on uke's top hand, twisting clockwise, bringing left elbow over the top to bar the arm. Twist back to break or throw.
Mae Kata Dori
The uke grabs the left lapel with his right hand and punches with the left. The tori side steps to the left, taking ura gyaku with the right, then twist clockwise bringing left
arm over grabbing arm close to the body (creating hon gyaku) and down while dropping body.
The uke rugby tackles tori's waist. The tori hugs uke's chest and kicks to kinteki with the right foot then executes a yokonagare bringing uke over. Then drive thumbs into throat.
Uchi Komi Kakae
The uke executes a right tsui ken, the tori shifts back 45 degrees to the right, blocks the arm and takes goja dori. 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 straddle uke's body, sits and twists to break the arm.
The uke, from behind, grabs the right with his right hand. As tori turns around, uke punches to the head. Tori raises the right hand to cover the incoming punch while grabbing the inside of the wrist. Twist clockwise with the body, bringing left hand onto grabbing hand and twist wrist anti-clockwise to lock, then lift and throw.
The uke hugs waist from behind (left hand on top). 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 twist anticlockwise to break the arm.
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