Never forget that in jūjutsu, or whatever martial art, it’s not about talking, it’s about the last man standing. The one who can face anyone, and the one who can answer physically, and the words come after. First it’s the technique and the ability. This is of course connected with the new theme from Hatsumi Sensei, Sainokonki (才能 魂器). We are also going to practice the school called Takagi Yōshin-ryū for the first time here in L.A.
I’m sure most of you here have seen and practiced this school with many different instructors, which is very good. Good that you have an idea of what it is, and like this you can compare. It is fortunate that in this century we can compare things, and you can choose what you like, and what suits you best.
So Takagi Yōshin-ryū is a school of Jūjutsu, of course it’s not ninjutsu, that is obvious. Historically, the founder of this school, Takagi Oriemon, learned a school called Takenouchi-ryū (竹内流), one of the oldest and famous schools of sōgō bujutsu (composite martial arts; 総合武術) of Japan. The reason why I say sōgō bujutsu is because you also have weapons, so sōgō bujutsu in martial arts means general martial art, various martial arts. From one point, a nucleus, they teach many, many weapons. Takagi Oriemon had learned this school with the second generation[i], but the problem with the Takenouchi family is that they never give the inner movement, the deepest understanding to someone from outside of the family. That was one of the main rules back in the 14th and 16th century. But he learned enough to create his own school. He received many things and with that he had many matches, fights, and duels with many people. He went to learn Yagyū Shinkage-ryū, and he created the school called Takagi Yōshin-ryū.
To see the rest of hte seminar, check out the video HERE.
[i] This would have been with Takenouchi Hitachinosuke (Toichiro) Hisakatsu (竹内常陸之介久勝) (Takenouchi-ryū)