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Kukishin Ryu Kenpo

The term Kenpo is used in Kukishin Ryu instead of Kenjutsu, old style Kendo, unlike other schools of traditional martial arts. There are unique terms peculiar to our school, one of which is the term Hidari-hanmi and Migi-hanmi, meaning just the opposite to that of other schools.1
Boujutsu has been the art that represents Kukishin Ryu since the founder Yakushimaru qyujin established the school; however, it is worth paying attention to the fact that Tenshin-hyouhou-shinken-kakkiron, a document concerning the fundamental philosophy of Kukishin Ryu, is about the ultimate state of mind in Kenpo. In particular, the way of looking at Kenpo from this perspective became prevalent among Shihanke, martial arts teachers under the Soke Kuki, who went to Edo(Tokyo) from Ayabe in Hyogo prefecture in the Edo period; they even put Kenpo as the art that represented Kukishin Ryu.2
One of the characteristics of the Kenpo is cutting-up techniques. The ninth head of Kuki Yoshitaka participated in a war against South Korea under the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the naval battle off the shore of ULUSAN, he jumped onto the enemy's ship and cut up the crotch of the enemy's admiral with his sword, with his armor shot through in the abdomen. This is the beauty of Kukishin Ryu Kenpo. 3
Token-jutsu, the technique of throwing a sword, is included on the list of Kenpo. This is a kind of Syuriken-jutsu (a technique of throwing a knife). We through a sword or a relatively short sword; there is an alternative way of using a dagger. Just like Nagebo, the technique of throwing a long staff against an enemy in Bojutsu, it is characteristic of our school of martial arts to put some importance on throwing weapons.

Wooden swords


Kozuka used in 
throwing techniques
Shuriken used in 
throwing techniques


The List of Kenpo Techniques

Kamae-gata 1. Jyoudan 
2. Tyudan 
3. Gedan 
4. Tenchijin 
5. Seigan (These five techniques are known collectively as Gohouno-kamae) 
6. Sutemi 
7. Suigetsu 
8. Tachikage 
9. Katameseigan 
10. Katateotoshi (Five techniques from number six to ten are called Henkamutekino-kamae) 
Kihon-gata also called Furikata(five techniques; each technique has an alternate way) 
Omoteno-kata 1. Hidarikatatenagi 
2. Karamenagi 
3. Kirikomi 
4. Tsukiiri 
5. Ayunagi 
6. Kuraotoshi 
7. Mizuwari 
8. Koromoharai 
9. Nagiotoshi 
10. Kuraidori 
11. Migiotoshi
Tyugokui 1. Takewari 
2. Makikomi
3. Taiatari 
4. Ichigeki 
5. Katasukashi
6. Hizaotoshi 
7. Zantei 
8. Sekken 
9. Kurumagiri 
10. Suzumeotoshi 
11. Shinnotsuki 
12. Shyoutou
Toukenjyutsu 1. Ichimonji 
2. Mafunage 
3. Hichyonage
Gokuino-kata 1. Issei 
2. Kenori 
3. Hidan
Kaiden-gata Myoufuuken 1.Fuseiken 2.Myouonken 3.Muinken


[ Notes ]
1 In general, Hidari-hanmi suggests a diagonal stance against an adversary with one's left(hidari) leg stepped forward. We, however, put more emphasis on the hind hand that holds and controls a weapon. Therefore in the case of Hidari-hanmi in Kukishin Ryu, the left hand comes behind the right hand when holding a weapon, with the right leg stepped forward.
2 According to Takaharu Kuki, Ueshiba Morihei, founder of Aikido, learned Kukishin Ryu at Asakusa in Tokyo. It is said that Kenpo formed the main part of the Kukishin Ryu he learned.
3 The sword he wielded in this fight was named Tsurimatano-meiken, and handed down in the family as a treasure for generations.