Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo
Jeweled Heart School
Very little of this school has been taught to the western world. Gyokushin Ryu has many sutemi waza techniques, and is more focused on the art and techniques of espionage, rather than fighting. It is believed that the techniques of Gyokushin Ryu are based on those of Gyokko Ryu. The methods of this school were taught in secret and it remained unmixed with other schools until it passed to Toda Nobutsuna.
It was founded in the mid 1500s by Sasaki Goemon Teruyoshi who was also the 10th Soke of Gyokko Ryu.
The History of Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo:
Gyokkushin Ryu Ninjutsu is a branch of Koshijutsu, and it is believed that its founder, Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi, was from the Gyokko Ryu. The methods used in Gyokushin Ryu (its blocks, strikes and stances) strongly resemble those of Gyokko Ryu, and they both used the Ichimonji no Kamae in the same way. Sasaki Gendayu was in the employ of the Daimyo of Kishu, and was paid 200 Koku per year (1 Koku was enough to feed a man for a year), but this was later increased to 400 Koku. It is possible that he, like his father, was highly skilled in Gyokko Ryu. The Gyokushin Ryu was taught in secret in the Kishu and Takeda provinces, and sometime in the 17th century it came into contact with the Togakure Ryu and the Toda family. The exact circumstances are not known, but when the style passed to Toda Nobutsuna, it was not kept as such a close secret from then on.
Not much is known about the fighting style of the Gyokushin Ryu. The system concentrated on more of the espionage skills and abilities of ninjutsu than on hand to hand combat. This is common among ninjutsu systems. Gyokushin Ryu is known for its superior use of the Nagenawa, a lasso. Kano Jigero, the founder of Judo, was a friend of Takamatsu Sensei. It is thought that he taught at the Kodokan school as a guest instructor, and what he taught was Gyokushin Ryu. The style passed by Takamatsu Sensei to Masaaki Hatsumi along with many other styles of kobujutsu.
Soke of Gyokushin Ryu:
1. Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi
2. Sasaki Gendayu Sadayasu
11. Toda Seiryu Nobutsuna Kwanyei Era (1624-1644)
12. Toda Fudo Nobuchika Manji Era (1658-1681)
13. Toda Kangoro Nobuyasu Tenna Era (1681-1704)
14. Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa Hoyei Era (1704-1711)
15. Toda Shinbei Masachika Shotoku Era (1711-1736)
16. Toda Shingoro Masayoshi Gembun Era (1736-1764)
16. Toda Daigoro Chikahide Meiwa Era (1764-1804)
17. Toda Daisaburo Chikashige Bunkwa Era (1804-1818)
18. Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu b. 1824 - d. 1909
19. Takamatsu Toshitsugu b. 1887 - d. 1972
20. Hatsumi Masaaki b. 1931 -