Here is my translation project of the contents of the main Kukishin-ryu book produced by Takatsuka Sensei, headmaster of the Tenshin Hyoho Kukishin-ryū. There are some very important points detailed in the book, including the founding of the school, its history, development, revitalization, curriculum, and Koshinto spiritual training aspects.
School for Japanese Martial Arts and Healing Arts
The Yotsume Dojo and SOJHA (School of Japanese Healing Arts) are both my schools for Japanese martial arts and various bodywork arts such as Koho Anma, Sokushindo, Kotsuban Yumeiho (Seitai), and Anpuku. My martial school and private clinic are located in Fountain Hills, Arizona
Forging (by heating yourself in a fire) a clear road ahead is found! Let us never forget that the focal point in a Japanese Dojo is the “Kagami” mirror. We must train to keep our mirror clean so we can reflect well. This term can be broken also into three characters of Ka, Ga, and Mi. This is at the very “heart” of why we train!
SOJHA "School of Japanese Healing Arts"
The School of Japanese Healing Arts (SOJHA) is my private school for teaching various courses for Japanese healing arts such as: Koho Anma (Traditional Japanese Massage), Sokushindo (Japanese Foot Reflexology), Kotsuban Yumeiho, and Anpuku Ryoho (Abdominal Therapy). My school and private clinic are located in beautiful Fountain Hills, Arizona. After teaching for many years at various western massage schools here in Arizona, years ago I had decided to open my own private school dedicated to the healing arts that I train in Japan. I teach students to focus on true skill development and mastery. How I learn in Japan is how I teach to my private students.
I will be posting soon about the various trainings and workshops you can arrange with me. Training always begins with the art of Anma, then moves to Anpuku therapy, and then into the art of Sokushindo. These three arts together with a balanced way a life, natural exercise methods, and natural food as medicine (Seishoku) help to secure recovery from various illnesses and maintain your functional health into old age.
I have begun to translate for the first time into English this very important manuscript produced by Shodai Soke Okuyama Ryuho on the secrets of his Hakko-ryu. This manuscript is broken into four sections where Okuyama Sensei gives an overview explanation of the secret points for each of the main areas of training in this school included in this manuscript. Goshinjutsu, Taihojutsu, Jujutsu, Koho Shiatsu Igaku, and his views of how to train the general public.
Goshin Taiho no Hiden 護身逮捕の秘伝 (Secrets of Self-Defense Arresting)
Hakkō Ryū Jūjutsu 八光流柔術 (Eighth Light System of Self-Defense)
Bunkabito no Jōshiki 文化人の常識 (Common Sense of Cultured People)
Kohō Shiatsu Rinshō Iten 皇法指圧臨床医典 (Imperial Law Finger Pressure Clinical Medical Dictionary)
Rakkenhō 楽健法 is one of the easiest ways to purify the body, restore the body’s energy flow, heal diseases caused by spiritual poison, and recover from accumulated fatigue. Rakkenhō was created by Yamauchi Yūgen 山内宥厳, a priest from the Shingon Esoteric Buddhist tradition. He was also a master baker, artist, writer, and teacher of life. Yamauchi Sensei lived at the Tōkōji Temple 東光寺 in Nara, Japan, where he ran his Rakkenhō Headquarters Dojo and taught many people.
I have begun to translate a nine-volume old document that was written by Tanemura Sensei when he was still a Bujinkan senior member. The title of the document is 武道秘巻 Budō Hikan (Martial Arts Secret Volume). There is not so much “new information” contained in the pages. However, the style of writing in certain sections has deep spiritual overtones that express some of the highest teachings that Hatsumi Sensei has always stressed. As the title suggests, this was a kind of “guidebook” for new students entering the dojo. This is a common practice when you train in Koryu (old arts) in Japan. Often, when you take a formal oath of entrance, you may receive an introductory overview in the form of a “Nyumon” entrance guidebook.
Often I think about the wonderful trainings I have had with Seno Sensei in the past. He was always very open and willing to correct my Taijutsu directly by allowing me to be his uke. Lord knows there is a lot of correction to be done! Here is an experience I will try to explain from being his uke during one class. It is not very easy to put it into words, so please bear with me.
I finally got to see a full copy of the Hichibuku Goshinjutsu Genri 秘致武九護身術原理 document written by Takamatsu Sensei. It is not a very large document but contains a number of important principles related to the application and practice of this treatment method.
This relatively small document is part of a larger manuscript: Tatara Hibun 蹈鞴秘文 of which I have only seen an outline for. The Hichibuku Goshinjutsu Genri document follows closely to Chapter 5 of Hatsumi Sensei’s book “Ima Ninja” which I have provided some translation of in English here: Ninpo Used in Daily Life.