Kuki Shinden Happo Biken-jutsu (Tanemura-ha) History
This school was originally known as “Kukishin-Ryu Happo Biken-no-Jutsu”, or sometimes “Kukishinden Happo-no-Hijutsu”.
In the Eiji Era (1141), Izumo Kaja Yoshiteru was a famous expert of Koppo Daken-jutsu, Jumping cutting Biken, Chinese Yawara and Bisento Jutsu etc… Yoshiteru was of course an expert of his own Kukishin Ryu school as well. However, not content with his level of skill, he committed himself to even more intense training, three years of which he spent in a mountain cave called “Inome Dokutsu” (dokutsu meaning cave). During this time he underwent special spiritual training, climaxing in a nine-day period in which he was enlightened from the Spirit with techniques of the Martial God. These special techniques allowed him to cast away devils. He gave these special spiritual techniques the name of “Shinriki Nenkatsu Jutsu” and in turn named his school as “Kukishinden Happo no Hijutsu”.
The 10th generation grandmaster Arima Kawachi-no-suke Masayoshi renamed the school “Kukishin-Ryu Happo Biken-no-jutsu”.
This Ryuha (school) has nine parts of Daken-Taijutsu, Bo-jutsu, So-jutsu (Yari), Naginata-jutsu, Bisento-jutsu, Jo-jutsu, Jutte-jutsu, Kisha-jutsu, Biken-jutsu, and includes Ka-jutsu (fire techniques), Senban-nage-jutsu (shuriken), Gunryaku etc… Happo infers the eight martial arts (Taijutsu, Bojutsu, Sojutsu etc…).
The 14th generation Soke Kazama Shinkuro Hidechika named the Ryuha “Kukishinden Happo Biken-jutsu”. His sword techniques were fantastic, miraculous even, which prompted him to refer to his Ken-jutsu as Biken-jutsu (Bi read also as Hi, meaning secret). His Biken-jutsu was never defeated.
The 27th generation Soke Takamatsu Toshitsugu said; “Daken-Taijutsu means Daken-jutsu together with Taijutsu. The source and most important part of Budo is Taijutsu. Without a good combination of Tai (Body), Waza (techniques) and Seishin (spirit/mind/soul), one will not be skillful when using a sword, spear or Yari etc. It is most important to have a harmonious balance of Tai, Waza and Seishin…”
Izumo Kaja Yoshiteru – Izumo Koshiro Terunobu – Ohkuni Kisanta Kiyozumi – Arima Kawachi-no-kami Masayoshi – Kazama Shinkuro Hidechika – Ohkuni Onihei Shigenobu – Ohtone Sakon Yasumasa – Hisahara Kotaro Nobuyoshi – Ishitani Takema Masatsugu – Ishitani Matsutaro Takakage – Takamatsu Toshitsugu Uoh
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