Koryu Karate (Old School, China Hand)
Among all the schools of jujutsu and taijutsu, Kijin Chosui Ryu (also called Kukishin Ryu) focuses on techniques which bring certain victory. There are very few people who have mastered this ryuha because traditionally only one person can inherit the true spirit and skills. This is the Dakenjutsu Kaiden method, as described in the initiation instructions contained in the Amatsu Tatara Tora no Maki (Tiger Scroll).
Grandmaster Tanemura learned directly from Kobayashi Masao Sensei, Kimura Sensei and other grandmaster level students of Takamatsu Sensei. Training in these traditional martial arts for nearly 50 years, Tanemura Sensei received the highest “Dragon” and “Tiger” scrolls from this most ancient and unbroken line of Grandmasters.
Creating a systematic structure and teaching this devastating art to the public was a long-term goal of Takamatsu Sensei – one which he would not have time to fulfill. After twenty years of bringing true Kobudo to the public, Grandmaster Tanemura has decided that it is finally time to complete Takamatsu Sensei’s mission and share this once-secret art.
Grandmaster Tanemura refers to the art as Koryu (classical or literally “old school”) Karate (literally “China hand”, not the “empty hand” as in Okinawan Karate-do) and what he teaches comes from the techniques of Kijin Chosui Ryu Dakenjutsu (striking hand technique) and Tenshin Koryu Kenpo (fist method).
Grandmaster Tanemura has developed a step-by-step system of Kyu levels (below black belt) and Dan levels (black belt) to help students absorb these advanced techniques. As of 2003, Tanemura Sensei is allowing Genbukan and KJJR students to learn and test for rank in this once secret art.