Class began with a discussion of the structure and content of Gyokko Ryū, and its relationship to the kihon gata of Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. From here we looked at various versions of the kosshi kihon sanpō, looking the progression within the keikoden and the use of rhythm and alignment in the strikes.
After a quick break we moved onto kenjutsu, looking at senpō and hyōshi in tachi tsuki and karatakewaregiri, before practicing implementing uke gata with the correct timing in response to Aite’s attack.
“In connection with the budō of Gyokko Ryū Koppōjutsu, during the instruction from Toda Shinryuken Sensei, I was finally taught Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu kihon gata gve rise to Kotō Ryū and is the root from which many other budō techniques developed. Today, on careful consideration of this and in reflecting on the point that Gyokko Ryū is the source of budō and that it also gave rise to ninjutsu, I ask you to teach kihon gata happon (起本型八本) as the foundation to students that have joined your dōjō and to refrain from teaching them until you have become a master yourself…”
-Takamatsu Sensei to Hatsumi Sensei, Kagami Biraki no Hi, 10th January 1961