Ninjutsu Techniques · Bujinkan Densho · Koto Ryu Koppojutsu Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu · Koto Ryu Koppojutsu · Togakure Ryu Ninpo · Takagi Yoshin Ryu. Koto Ryu Koppojutsu (虎倒流骨法術) translates as “Tiger Knock Down School”. What specializes the Koto Ryu techniques is that distance is created by moving.

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In order to understand how Koppojutsu works, a few underlying concepts have to be understood. Pin It on Pinterest. In his self biography he has written that he got hard fingers and toes by hitting stone and gravel until the blood came through the finger and toenails.

Some of the differences between Koto Ryu and Gyokko ryu are as follows: The Koto Ryu has a unique form of Kenjutsu Swordsmanship. There went several generations before the system was organized by Sakagami Taro Kunishige. Kaku Gassho — Fire and winds prayer. Others might argue that the dangers of the techniques should be consistently pointed out, such that the student using the technique has the choice and discretion about how to use the techniques.

It also assumes a higher level of maturity and selection of students. The principles of Koppojutsu have to do with understanding weaknesses in anatomical bony structures.

The Art of Koppojutsu

This congruence is not accidental, it is inherent in the destructive and regenerative process for all living things. Yoko Aruki cross steppingand Toki stamping on toes. It is not uncommon to hear of fractures induced by security personnel, law enforcement or civilians trying to restrain a resisting individual. To take advantage of this knowledge, it has to be further understood where the static parts of koppoutsu structure are as the leverage works its way through the techmiques.


The translation of gravitational force is the single most important force used in Koppojutsu and body weight is a natural stressor that can be manipulated through the center of gravity. This raises the question as to whether the teacher of an art should systematically point out the risks associated with their techniques. Then they can use the art as they see fit, and not only that, but if their goal is to survive a potentially dangerous encounter.

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To recognize the opportunity for Koppojutsu you need the knowledge of osteological anatomy and you have to understand musculature along with dynamic physiology of a human body in motion. Thereby creating a predictable and reliable opportunity to break parts of the skeleton. We will not be looking into the etymology of the name of this art, which is reviewed elsewhere.

Two of them have the name of the scroll partially clear and listed as such Shako Ken claw hand is one of the strikes that is used in Koto Ryu. Toda, Shinryuken Masamitsu Kobe Suirin — Water ring prayer 3. Two of them have the name of the scroll partially clear and listed as such.: Frequently, when fractures occur as a result of using martial arts, it is unexpected, unintended and accidental.

How the students behave is a reflection on the caliber of the teaching and the selection of the students themselves. It is common to think that it has a high abuse potential. The advantage however, lies in being able to use the knowledge in many postures, situations, with or without weapons and in a non-scripted fashion which in real combat is the norm.

There are many similarities between the 2 schools. Takamatsu Toshitsugu started his training in Koto Ryu when he was nine years old, and was considered a Koto Ryu master when he was 13 years old.


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The teacher should give them all the tools they need to make that possible. This second perspective is the one advocated in the Geijin Ryu. The Koto Ryu concentrates more on striking, and the Gyokko Ryu more on locks and throws.

Anyone who has had the experience of working in an emergency department or hospital with an orthopedic and trauma service can attest to the plethora of different types of fractures, their gruesome appearance, the pain experienced and the protracted recoveries often endured.

If both schools are studied completely, the student will know all forms of fighting, including distance, striking, throws, and locks. No images or text koppojufsu reproduced without written permission.

Koto Ryu Koppojutsu

To do this demands good timing and rhythm in the defensive attack, often done with Yoko Aruki moving with the legs crossing each other. The difference as apposed to Gyokko Ryu was that Koto Ryu was techniqued taught to the person that would become the next Soke. They are listed as the Gassho Kuji Kiri nine symbol slashes prayers. The Koto Ryu techniques use short distancing between the two opponents, the Gyokko Ryu uses greater distance.

These are the same kuji that appear in the Gyokko Ryu. People interested in the greater culture of the martial arts will take this learning as a serious responsibility and will use it ethically.