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Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu


Bojutsu, the art of fighting with a long wooden staff, is the art that represents Kukishin Ryu. Yakushimaru Ryushin, founder of this school, was given his family name "Kuki" by the Emperor Godaigo for the credit that he saved the emperor in a predicament. Just as there are two views on the origin of the Bojutsu, the Bojutsu techniques involves both Naginata techniques in which we turn around a staff like a windmill and  spear ones in which we prod at an adversary with a staff as it can be typically seen at the end of Kata, a series of basic movements. It is characteristics of this Bojutsu to throw a staff 1 at an opponent in connection with stabbing techniques.
The staffs used in practice vary in three sizes. One is Rokushyaku-bou, which is 180 cm long; another is Han-bo, a staff of about 90 cm long; and the remaining one is Tan-bo. Rokushyaku-bo forms the main part in Bojutsu techniques; Han-bo is taught independently of other techniques. Formally, Tan-bo techniques are called Sensudori 2, which is the Kaiden-gata. In terms of classification, Han-bo is also categorized into Tessen-jutsu as part of Taijutsu techniques. There is differentiation in size; Tan-bo is 24 cm long, while Han-bo is 36 cm long.
Both Rokusyaku-bo and Han-bo are 2.5 cm in diameter, which are made of an evergreen oak. Moreover, we would like to mention that there exists a letter dated February 11, 1934 Takamatsu Chosui sent to the Soke, Kuki. In the letter Chosui suggests making a staff with 9 iron rings, 4 of them at one end and 5 of them at the other end, with a space of 3 centimeters between each ring.

A Rokusyaku-bo and a wooden sword




Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu

Kamae-gata 1.Jyoudan and Gyaku-Jyoudan 
(Five techniques mentioned above are known collectively as "Gorinno-Kamae.") 
7.Tenchi and Gyaku-Tenchi 
8.Tenchijin and Gyaku-Tenchijin 
Kihon-gata (also called Furikata)
Omoteno-kata 1. Gohouburi 
2. Uragohou 
3. Sashiai 
4. Funahari 
5. Tsuruno-issoku 
6. Suso-otoshi 
7. Ippon-sugi 
8. Kageno-ippon 
9. Taki-otoshi 
(Nine techniques from Sashiai to Kasanouchi are known collectively as Kuji-nokata) 
Chugokui 1. Tachi-otoshi 
2. Harai 
3. Kotezuke 
4. Mukouzume 
5. Keage 
6. Uchitome 
7. Tsukeiri 
8. Gorinkudaki 
9. Tenchijin 
10. Maehiro 
11. Ryougote 
12. Uranami 
13. Tamagaeshi 
14. Sayu
Gokuino-kata 1.Jyuji-Roppou-Kujidome (also called Jyumonji-Kujidome)
Kaiden-gata 1. Bouyose 
2. Karamedori 
3. KujiHiryu



[ Notes ]
1 In Karamedori technique, we tie a bar in the middle with a rope and throw the rope at the enemy to capture him. There is aural instruction called Hayanawa-no-kokoroe to tie up the enemy quickly.
2 Taijutsu Sensudori is instructed as Tessenjutsu (Omote: 8 techniques, Ura: 8 techniques) in Keiko-no-kata. A Tanbo of 36 cm in length is used in Kuden-no-kata(Menkyo-no-kata) after one receives Menkyo(certificate). The use of Han-bo Sensudori, a Tan-bo of 24 cm in length, is instructed at  Kaiden level, whose Menkyo-no-kata has full of variations. What is interesting about the two Sensudori techniques above is they have completely different techniques and feeling in the use of the weapon Tan-bo.