Nine Ryūha of the Bujinkan

soke Dr. Maasaki Hatsumi senseisoke Dr. Maasaki Hatsumi senseiBujinkan has within its curriculum nine ryūha (styles) of martial arts. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, is the current grandmaster of all these schools.

Gyokko-ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
Gyokko-ryū (玉虎流 Gyokkoryū) is a school of kosshijutsu (骨指術) (attacks to muscle and nerve points),shitojutsu (using the thumb and fingers for striking), kenjutsu, and bojutsu. Gyokko-ryū is sometimes referred to as Gyokko Ryū Ninpo from a ninjutsu component it used to contain.

Kotō-ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
Koto Ryu (虎倒流 Kotōryū) is a school of koppojutsu(骨法術) , “shurikenjutsu“, and “kenjutsu“. This school specializes in using larger bones to strike weaker ones of your opponent.

Shinden Fudō-ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)
Shinden Fudo Ryu is a school of dakentaijutsu and jutaijutsu/jujutsu. Shinden Fudo means ‘immovable teachings transmitted by the gods’. Shinden Fudo Ryu has many body conditioning methods using items found in nature. Like nature, the forms and movements are natural and relaxed. The school also teachesOno (a very large axe), Otsuchi (a very large hammer), and Odachi (a huge sword).

Takagi Yōshin-ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)
Takagi Yoshin Ryu is a jujutsu school. The techniques are designed to be applied in a very fast manner so the opponent cannot roll or escape. It is believed that it was a school for bodyguards.

Kuki Shinden-ryū Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)
Kukishin Ryu is a koryu school of jujutsu, Yoroi Kumiuchi (Grappling in Samurai armour), kenjutsubojutsu,sojutsunaginatajutsujuttejutsuBoryaku (Strategy), and Sui Ren in Ka Ren (Use of water and fire),bajutsu. The Kukishin Samurai were naval warriors, the techniques were designed to be used on a slippery, rocking boat. One training method that is sometimes used today, is to practice on frozen surfaces or ball bearings.

Gikan-ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術)
Gikan-ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術) is a medieval Japanese school of martial arts allegedly established in the 16th century by Uryu Hangan Gikanbo (瓜生判官義鑑坊). Koppōjutsu means attacks against bones. Koppōjutsu is commonly considered a hard art in comparison to the soft arts such as kosshijutsu (骨指術):attacks against muscles.

Togakure-ryū Ninpō (戸隠流忍法)
The Togakure ryu is a ninjutsu ryuha that is claimed to have been founded about eight hundred years ago by Daisuke Nishina (Togakure), who learned shugendo practices as well as hakuun ryu ninjutsu from Kagakure Doshi.

The school contained Yon-po Hiden (Four Secrets): Senban Shuriken (Four pointed throwing star), Shuko and Ashiko (Spiked bands worn on hands {Shuko} and sometimes feet {Ashiko}, for climbing), Shinodake (A tube used as a snorkel or blowgun) and Kyoketsu Shoge (A peculiar blade attached to cord which is in turn attached to a heavy ring) and taijutsu.

Gyokushin-ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)
Gyokushin Ryu has many sutemi waza techniques, and it’s more focused on the art and techniques ofespionage, rather than the fighting. This school was taught secretly, and it mixed with other ninjutsuschools. The founder of this Ryu, and its first sōke was Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi, who was also one of the sōkes in Gyokko Ryu.

Kumogakure-ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)
Kumogakure-ryū Ninpō Happo Hiken translated into English as “The Hiding in the Clouds School“. Fighting techniques are similar to those in Togakure Ryu, and it’s considered that these two schools mixed during a certain period. Kumogakure Ryu uses techniques with spear, sword and also yoroi (armor). There are special weapons for this school including Ippon Sugi Noburi.

A good listing of the lineages for each school can be found here

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