OF TOGAKURE RYU
Hatsumi sums up the Togakure Ryu Ninpo in his
book Hiden Ninja Submission by saying:
It was founded by Togakure Daisuke who was a vassal
of Kiso Yoshinaka at the time he lost a war, and,
after learning various military arts such as Kosshijutsu
and Kenjutsu from his uncle Kagakure Doshi, was
in hiding in Iga in the early 12th century. It
was initially called Togakure Ryu Happo Hiken
but has been called by various names since that
time. Iga ninja such as Momochi Sandayu and others
studied the ryu and passed it to the Natori family
of Kishu and later in the 17th century to the
Toda family. Togakure Ryu is known for its use
of the Shuko, Senban Nage, Shuriken, and the 4-foot
Shinodake used in Suiren. Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu
is a branch of Kosshijutsu.”
main teachings of Togakure Ryu are:
is to be avoided, and Ninpo is Bujutsu".
"Use the sword to be peaceful, and protect
country, family, and nature".
The term ‘kajo
waraku’ is used in the Togakure
Ryu meaning, "The enjoyment of peaceful
harmony with the same effortless compassion as
that of the wildflowers."
Sanpo Hiden (three secrets) of the Togakure Ryu
is as follows:
1. SENBAN SHURIKEN
A four pointed throwing star, the design of which
is exclusively unique to the Togakure Ninja.
SHUKO (hand needles)
Also known as Tekagi. These are metal bands around
the palm of the hand with four metal spikes projecting
from the palm. Another metal band is around the
wrist and a piece of leather joins the two metal
bands together. This was a climbing tool, and
was also used in defense against sword attacks.
SHINDAKE bamboo grass
This is a short bamboo tube 4 foot long (1.20m)
used to aid in breathing when hiding under water.
It was also used as a blowpipe. Sometimes a broken
scabbard was put to use as an underwater breathing
Another Togakure Ryu weapon is Tetsubishi with
9 spiked ends, which are sometimes thrown like
Togakure Ryu Ninja were required to master the
18 forms of Bujutsu (Martial arts):