Bujinkan

  • Togakure-ryū Ninjutsu (戸隠流忍術)

  • Gyokko-ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)

  • Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神 伝流八法秘剣術)

  • Kotō-ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術)

  • Shinden Fudō-ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)

  • Takagi Yōshin-ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)

  • Gikan-ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術)

  • Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)

  • Kumogakure-ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)

Sōke 宗家

Headmaster/Inheritor (of Lineage) 

 

 

Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Soke

Toshitsugu Takamatsu “The Mongolian Tiger” was born on March 10, 1887 in Akashi city, Hyogo province, Japan. As a child he was small and weak, and would continually be picked on by the local kids. His father sent him t study martial arts under his grandfather Toda, Shinryuken Masamitsu, where he began his journey and mastery of classical Japoanese martial arts. Initially, Toda Sensei taught his grandson Toshitsugu Shindenfudo Ryu, folllwed by Koto Ryu and Togakure Ryu.

At the age of thirteen, he left High School to go to the George Bundow English School in Kobe.While there he met Mizuta Yoshitaro Tadafusa with whom he studied Takagi Yoshin Ryu and at the age of seventeen, young Takamatsu was given "Menkyo Kaiden" by Mizuta Sensei.

At the age of seventeen, he also studied Kukishinden Ryu Happo Biken no Jutsu from Ishitani Matsutaro Takekage, as well Hon Tai Takagi Yoshin Ryu and Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu. Before Ishitani Senseis passing, he entrusted the scrolls of these Ryu on to Toshitsugu and became the headmaster/inheritor (Soke) of these schools.

In 1909, at he age of twenty-two, Toshitsugu Sensei received Menkyo Kaiden from Toda and became the inheritor of Shinden Fudo Ryu, Koto Ryu and Togakure Ryu. Toda pased that same year. 

In the 1950's Takamatsu Sensei took on a new student named Yoshiaki Hatsumi, who was then in his 20's. Young Hatsumi had been studying "kobujutsu" (classical style martial arts) under a teacher named Ueno, Takashi, which led him to seeking out and meeting "Moko no Tora" (The Mongolian Tiger)....the man who would change his life.

On April 2, 1972 at the age of 85, Soke Toshitsugu Takamatsu, passed, and is now kept in memory as the Bujin (divine warrior) of the Bujinkan, named in his honor by his student and inheritor od nine traditions, Soke Masaaki Hatsumi.

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Soke

Masaaki (Yoshiaki) Hatsumi was born December 1931 in Noda city, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He grew up with an avid love of the martial arts and in his youth studied many martial art styles, and began studying many popular Japanese martial arts, which earned him high rank in Karate, Aikido and Judo, as well as receiving menkyo under some of the famous teachers in "old style" martial arts. His dedication and strife for martial arts understanding and mastery led young Hatsumi to meeting the famous "Mongolian Tiger" (Toshitsugu Takamatsu), which changed his life along with his view of martial arts as a whole, and for the next 15 years, young Hatsumi would travel every weekend to learn and practice from Takamatsu Sensei. Through perseverance and devotion to both Takamatsu Sensei and his teaching, Hatsumi Sensei became the inheritor of 9 traditions of classical martial art styles, which he inherited via Sōke, Toshitsugu Takamatsu.

Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, currently heads the Bujinkan Hombu in Noda city, where he welcomes people from all over the world who come to experience the martial arts traditions, which he shares. Many who come to visit, receive not only martial arts, but also culture, history and wisdom, along with calligraphy and artwork, which embodies the life and essence of classical Japanese martial arts.