Ryu-ha

九古流派 The nine ryūha

In the Bujinkan system there is nine official ryū-ha, Masaaki Hatsumi is the Sōke (grandmaster) of the following nine Japanese traditions…

神伝不動流打拳体術 Shindenfudō-ryū dakentaijutsu

(immovable heart school)

Founded in the Yeikyu-era (1113 a.d.) by 出雲冠者義照 Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru. The school is characterized as a style that emphasizes natural movements, and the study of nature is important.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 26’th generation grandmaster

九鬼神流八法秘剣術 Kukishin-ryū happōbikenjutsu

(nine demon gods school)kumiuchi

Founded at the end of the Kamakura-era (1336) by 出雲冠者義照 Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru. The school is most famous in Bujinkan for it’s many weapons techniques such as sword, spear, halberd and staffs of various lengths.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 28’th generation grandmaster

高木揚心流柔体術 Takagiyōshin-ryū jūtaijutsu

(heart of the willow tree school)

Foundend in the Yeiroku-era (1625-1711) by 高木折右衛門重俊 Takagi Oriemon Shigenobu. The school is a self defence style both Jūjutsu unarmed close combat techniques, and mūtō-dori unarmed against sword attacks.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 26’th generation grandmaster

玉虎流骨指術 Gyokko-ryū kosshijutsu

(jewel tiger school)kosshijutsu

Founded in the Hogen-era (1156-1159) by 戸沢白雲斎 Tozawa Hakūnsai. This school is perhaps the school that have the biggest influence of the unarmed basics in Bujinkan, such as Sanshin no kata, and Kihon-happō. Striking with the fingers and toes is very characteristic of this style of fighting.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 28’th generation grandmaster

虎倒流骨法術 Kotō-ryū koppōjutsu

(knocking down the tiger school)

Founded in the Tenbun-era (1532) by 坂上太郎国重 Sakagami Taro Kunishige. This school’s speciality is the art of manipulating the bone structure. The foot work is also quite unique by cross stepping, quite similar to the chinese styles. Also the use of the sword in this school is quite unorthodox.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 18’th generation grandmaster

義鑑流骨法術 Gikan-ryū koppōjutsu

(truth, loyalty and justice school)

Founded in the Yeiroku-era (1558-1570) by 瓜生判官義鑑房 Uryu Hangan Gikanbo. This school have not been taught that much yet.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 15’th generation grandmaster

戸隠流忍法 Togakure-ryū ninpō

(the hidden door school)ninja

Founded in the ōho-era by 戸隠大助 Togakure Daisuke. This school is known in the Bujinkan as the school where all the Ninjutsu techniques come from. In the 80’s everything that was taught in Bujinkan was called Togakure-ryu, but the truth is that most of the things that was taught was from the schools above. You could say that the name was used to attract many students.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 34’th generation grandmaster

雲隠流忍法 Kumogakure-ryū ninpō

(hidden cloud school)

Founded in the Tenmon-era (1532-1554) by 伊賀平内左衛門家長 Iga Heinaizaemon Ienaga. This school have not been taught that much yet.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 15’th generation grandmaster

玉心流忍法 Gyokushin-ryū ninpō

(jewelled heart school)

Founded in the Tenbun-era (1532) by 佐々木 Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi. This school have not been taught that much yet.
– Hatsumi sōke is the 21’st generation grandmaster