Hakkō-ryū Hiden Kaisetsu
(Explanation of the Secrets of Hakko-ryu)
English Translation by – Billy Ristuccia
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)
I will begin my translation with section two of this manuscript, which gives an overview explanation of the essential principles behind the Jujutsu of the school. Okuyama Sensei explains the essential points behind the “Higi” 秘技 secret techniques of Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan, Okuden, and Shihan Waza. Okuyama Sensei explains the difference between what makes a Higi 秘技 (secret technique), a Gokui (secret teaching), and Shinpi 神秘 (esoteric mental aspects and deeper mysteries of the school).
One example of a secret technique is Higi Gakun 秘技雅勲. One begins to train this in more detail when you become initiated into the Sandan third degree level of training. This special method of attacking the Keiraku (meridian lines) of the body will remain with you throughout the rest of the training in the system. One can learn to relax, throw away power, take hold of an opponent’s wrist, and put them into a state of excruciating pain with very little effort. The effect on the opponent’s internal organs can be both healing and harmful. The opponent will feel limp in their entire body and begin to sweat, and one’s breath and heart rate will be effected. This is just the beginning of one’s initiation into the usage of this “Gakun” secret technique.
Photos and Diagrams from the Manuscript
Section 2 - Jujutsu Overview Translation
Shinpi ni Tsutsumareru
(Shrouded In Mystery)
Hakkō-ryū Hiden no Naiyō o Shōkai Suru
(Introducing the Secret Contents)
Shodan Higi 初段秘技 (First Degree Secret Techniques)
In Hakko-ryu, no matter what school you are from, you will be trained from the Kihon Waza (basic techniques) of the first dan, just like those who know nothing. First, you begin with the experience of giving up your power, immersing yourself, and becoming one with, surrender to, nature (Daishizen 大自然). You will also learn how to sit and stand upright, with the most correct method from a physical and anatomical point of view. While continually in a seated position, you will learn how to use your fingers that can energize your life. The secret to hitting the body without leaving any traces (Atemi no Hiketsu 当て身の秘訣), and an experiment that involves your whole body being suddenly attacked. Develop a state that allows you to smile even when you are faced with your neck being strangled. There are techniques for standing in front of those who attack you, hang on you, and taking them away, and the secret to repelling them with just one finger when someone tries to steal your belongings. Although they are simple techniques, in terms of their effectiveness, they are a bit like secret techniques. Is also comparable. It is strange because not only will you have the dignity of being extremely rational and absolutely effective in your techniques, but your physiognomy becomes beautified, and even your personality shines, giving you a dignity that even thugs and pickpockets cannot approach.
Nidan Higi 二段秘技 (Second Degree Secret Techniques)
Dokuji no Hiden Hongyaku 独自の秘伝本逆 (Characteristics of the Secret Primary Reverse Lock) Here, Hakko-ryu’s primary secret reverse lock, which does not allow any resistance, is taught, but in no time at all, it develops a technique so unique that it causes so much pain that you cannot even scream.
Sandan Higi 三段秘技 (Third Degree Secret Techniques)
Yondan Higi 四段秘技 (Fourth Degree Secret Techniques)
Also, for those with Kokyū-ki Jaku 呼吸器弱 (weak respiratory system) and Junkan Kikei Jaku 循環器系弱 (weak circulatory system), it is a secret technique for recovering from a hopeless situation. Completely mastered in six or seven sessions.
Godan Okuden Shihan-Waza 五段奥伝師範技
(Fifth Degree Secret Transmission Master Techniques)
These techniques are passed down only to those who advance to Shihan. In particular, the techniques of Godan are strange and mysterious, and the last technique is like summoning clouds (Kumo o Yobu 雲を呼ぶ), which is difficult to learn only by kata other than via Kuden 口伝 (oral transmission). Furthermore, in Okuden, there are a series of innumerable changes without form (Senpenmukei 千変無比), such as when your whole body is being tied with rope and within two minutes, only humans can escape from the rope. Using one hand to throw someone who was clinging onto you for three times the normal distances (Mitsuma mo Nagetobashi 三間も投げ飛). While being tied up with Hagai-jime 羽交締, you can throw using Gyaku Nage 逆投. You will learn to use canes and fans to bind people up, making them unable to move. The attacker who comes at you can be thrown without even using your hands or feet with Gyaku Nage. It’s like a Hyakunin Dori 百人捕 (100-man capture) who piles up opponents who come at you from the front, back, left, and right in an instant. Usage of an umbrella, handkerchief, newspaper, etc. to throw the enemy back with Gyaku Nage. Incredible! You will be allowed to learn the Okugi Hiden 奥儀秘伝 (inner mysteries) that will make you feel like you are in Yume-no-Kune 夢の国 (dreamland).
Finally, there is the handing down of medical techniques and resuscitation methods, and then there is the teaching of skills that only the masters should know from the first step (Shodan), which is passed down from generation to generation via Isshisōden 一子相伝 (direct transmission from master to student) of the Shihan Waza 師範技. For the first time, a solemn instructor approval ceremony will be held in front of the shrine.
In the case of Jukuhaku Shūgyō 塾泊修業 (private overnight training), anyone can become an honorable master after 15 or 20 days of direct instruction and will be given the ability to provide instruction anywhere in the country on the same day.
KUDEN 口伝 (oral transmission): Once you are taught the secret principles of Itte no Hi 一手の秘 and Itten no Hi 一点の秘 and other Shihan level principles, you are then shown how to apply them to all of the previous level techniques you have learned. So you revisit the techniques of Shodan through Yondan and receive direct transmission by the Soke in one-on-one Shihan training sessions.
Shinpi ni Tsutsumareru Shihan no Waza
(A Master's Techniques Shrouded In Mystery)
NOTE: In this section that explains the Shinpi 神秘 (mysteries), Okuyama Sensei states: You must use your Shinteki Sayō 心的作用 (Mental Effects), otherwise known as Kokoro no Hachō 心の波長 (Wavelengths of Your Heart), to penetrate into the opponent’s body. And you can do this at various depths of penetration during both Jujutsu techniques and during Koho Shiatsu treatments. So you must revisit the techniques of Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan and be taught how to apply this “mental wavelength”.
If it were not accompanied by practical skills, it might not be necessary to feel that one’s life would be cut short. At the same time, it is considered impossible to fully cultivate talented teachers. In order to cultivate and inspire as many peaceful people as possible throughout the world through Hakko-ryu, I must devote myself to the activities of my alter-ego, the “Hakko-ryu Shihan.” For this reason, I earnestly aspire to the birth of a teacher, and I do not stop longing for the dawn. This is why those who remember their homeland and care for the happiness of mankind cannot help but cry out to come.