Tag: Takamatsu Toshitsugu

The Eye Of The Tigress. Upon You.

The Tiger is a Feline Classic in Our World. Legends cattily so and say Tales of Claw n Tails too. To those Rocky bits of Minerals Earth that Shine. The Eye of the Tiger. Does Look. At Many things. Things many. Many Themes that seem to purr so perennial. From The Ways of the Martial, Earth and of Mother Nature. A Trio of Eyes. Upon You. The Tiger. Tigress as well. Arrowed In. Targeted. Herein.

 

The Eye of the Tiger. Was not. Upon Me.

Not at All.

Nor that of the Tigress which was afore i, Shiro also. Also,

being Thirsty and otherswise occupied, to Waters was She

so headed. There. There,..

 

then too did i slowly. Slowly, silently. In Shadow.

Smoothly bring up, align Bow, Arrow, Tigress.

Plan B not needed. Not Now. Now

 

the Tongue of this Tigress curled back as Waters were

flicked and taken in. Her rounded Eyes slowly surveying. Arounds.

Still and ’twas mid Morn yet She had fed already. A

Young Deer that had strayed. Ways too far. Far

from that and Family Herd.

 

Btw… Tigers do not Roar before Attacks;

but mainly as Long Distance Telephony and Communication.

Certain Other Creatures Calls and Sounds can be imitated. Also.

 

They prefer The Ambush Styles. No Purrings either.

 

She so killed quickly in that Big Cat typical Ways.

Body weight shifting to adjust on the accelerated run-in.

A Mature Tiger can Leap some 5-6 Mtrs. Length and Height.

Keeping Pace, the Paw extends, to flick a Trip.

 

Overpowering.

 

 

Strong, smooth, relentless. Body-weight, Claws and Teeth

doing that final Work. Working to find vulnerable points of

Bone, Neck, Back or Belly.

 

Claws honed on those Tall Trees. Trees that so mark and line. Along

the Ways to these Waters thus and so

She sprayed. Spraying as both release and Warning. Warning

to Others alike and not-so. Marking Her Ways

and Lands… along those Ways. The Ways of the Tiger. Thereof.

 

Males and Females oft share overlapping Territory for reasons of Mate-ship,

Ritual and Tradition.

 

The smell too, as One closes in, is

of a wild, intense and buttery Popcorn which then so

adorns the Jungles usual green and browns heady scents.

 

Eyes.

Mine.

Centred on a Spot a lil’ Ways above the Ribcage. Watching it fill and

empty. Empty becoming

of Thought, Desire and Motive i, Shiro waited for that Final

Alignment. Of Action. Then.

 

Closed Eyes. Now. Mine.

 

 

My Camouflage Clothing, Tree Foliage Add-ons,

Elephant Droppings Rub and Local Experts Teachings

 

was in deed doing that Hard Works. My Nose a bit tetchy as well. Well as

being One of the few Cats that so loves, indulges in Waters Play. Playful,

soothing and cooling no doubt. No doubt too. To

and though being not endowed with Specific Night Vision and in spite

 

of being Blind at Birth… for a Week or so,..

still developing

some and a Vision 6 Times better than Mine. Yours also. Day or Night.

Yet.

 

This Tigress. Never knew what hit Her.

 

 

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The Ninja of Japan had well Trained i, Shiro. Well. Well…

quite Hard actually. Any

and Ways… Then.

 

If i, Shiro had known

The Eye

Of The Tigress.

Upon You

…or Me… at that and those Times and Places. Was

 

in the Real… ON ME.?.

 

 

Those Hands holding the Bow…

and the i, Shiro Camo Pants…

…may have been cattily filled

with more than such placated purring Emotions. So Writ.

 

The resultant Dinner would not have been had by Me…

 

but… may… have been Me.!. in deed. Indeed

though not necessarily a Man Hunter;

Man Eater, Tigers sometimes be.

Their Ways too. Are of Survival.

 

Ways of the Tiger are one of the Classic Animal Forms within Our World. Legends

of Our Martial Arts.

The Tigers Claw… a Classic Move as well. Well as

having the ability to inspire and Symbolically represent. Represented

 

far and wide in Our World. Legends that so and tell of Names and

Nick-names so applied. Applying Strength, Raw and Natural Beauty

 

 

in Ways that so venerate The Tiger Ideal. Ideals,

Ways Tigerish,

that find application in many diverse yet Societal Ways. Also.

Such + several Examples. As Belows.

 

The Tiger Fish. Many Varieties.

The Tiger Moth Airplane.

The Tiger Moth. Insect.

Tiger Lily Hutchence.

The Night Tigers within and of Fiction.

Martial Art Nicknames.

Tiger Balm. Heat/Cool Rubs. Useful for M. Artists.

The Gem. Mineral.

 

So forth. So on. Onto

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such as this. This and more. More, Much More has this Ancient Creature

so inspired.

Our World’s Largest Cat Species, a ferocious yet majestic Predator found

on several Continents with Names and Colors to suit. Therein.

 

Surprised i, Shiro too. To see and witness the Feeding.

Table Manners in deed. The Tigers do Share. Share

Meals in surprising Ways.

 

Males await generally for the Young and the Female to have Firsts. First

and foremost at Meal Times… is Share. Tigers

rarely fight over Kills, simply waiting Turns. An innate,

 

rare Sense, perhaps kicks in. Of

 

 

a Respect of Death that can then, Life Gives and Shares. To

Others as well. Well as the Tiger Tongue is Antiseptic. Antiseptic

Licking of Wounds so applied. Therein. Thereupon. As well

 

a Life Span of some 25 of Our World Years.

 

Tigers can Mate with Other Big Cats to produce Hybrids. Hybrids

of Leopard and Tiger the main in the Wild as they tend to cross

each Others Paths a lil’ more than some Others.

 

The White Tiger somewhat a rarity. Also. Also

 

 

being given such a suitable and Legendary nomen.

A Gem in deed Sparkles,

thus and so bright. Once

Polished That is. That is, though Minerally not being Rare. Semi-Precious

so classified. Tis valued, esteemed and looked upon. Anyways. As

 

well. Well as

those Tigers Eyes. Can be.

 

Can be a notable and livening addition to various Jewelry

Forms and Pieces.

A Variety/Type of Macrocrystalline Quartz.

 

Eye catching in deed, once sparkling as it’s design and lustre can

so reflect iridescently and at Angles. So catch Our Light. Lightly

silken smooth, appearance and feel. Even the flat cut/shaped Ones

provide reflections and Light phenomena

 

so seen. Colors of Blacks, Browns, Golds the norm.

 

 

Occasionally Dyed or Heat Treated to affect Color Changes,

with mainly the Reds then shining thru’. There.

 

Usually Naturally formed Banded, the Colors so reflected merge. Shine.

Once and When the Cleansing and Polishers Tasks. All Done.

 

(… Btw’s… IF YOU HAVE A SUCH PIECE… PLEASE BE AWARE…

USE ONLY WARM WATER AND VERY MILD SOAP TO CLEAN.

Whilst The Gem is quite durable per se… it is susceptible

to even The Mild Acids oft used in other cleaning forms/preparations…

Due ALSO

to this Feature… PERFUMES, ALCOHOLS, HAIRSPRAY

and such may also DISCOLOR/STAIN etc…)

 

The Tiger’s Eye can be found in many Places, Locations in Our World. Legends

confirm the following have All been seen with quite a few…

 

Tiger’s Eyes. Upon Thems. Thems

 

 

Countries, Places such as and including the, Belows.

 

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia,

North Cape-South Africa, Spain, Thailand, the USA. The Major Producers.

 

Look Outs For Thems. Near You, too. To and

 

 

Now. Now, as All Alignments, Inner and Outer

so Ups. Did Line. Lined, let

Breathe to be so loose. Loosened

 

so too, the i, Shiro,

Arrow So Flew.

 

Eyes Opened. Green. Mine. Now watched. Watched as that

so flexed, to then,

run,

Straight As. Arrow True. True.

 

On Line. Wheres Mine Eyes. So Green. Had Been. That

Tigress so. That was watched and targeted. Back then.

 

The Striping of Tigers akin to Our FingerPrints, or a Tattoo.

That is. The Stripes go through Fur and then on and onto. Skin.

Not plain and boring, unders. At Alls. Without. Within. Striped Be.

The Tiger, Tigress + co.

 

Take a Look.

Arrow True.

 

As well, each. Each

 

Arrow flexes to control, maintain it’s forward movement, arrow straight.!.

 

Tiger Print,.. Unique and different. Individual. They Be. Be

 

bobbling, not quite weaving,

yet straight as, straight. True. That Arrow. So Flew. Then

 

She… The Tigress… did Yelp. When so Arrowed. Did Strike.

Strikey,..

Was Nots… expecting that.!.

 

At Alls in deed. Indeed,

 

Followed and with, that cloud, puff and spray. That Follows.

To get whisked aways in those huff n puff Winds. Thereabouts, arounds.

Color of Life, runs back and so, agrounds.

 

That Arrow. Arrow so Flew.

So Straight. Thus and so. True.

 

Died Not The Tigress.

Died Not.

I Watched. Eyes Green. Mine. To See.

 

Died Not did She. She

 

Be… DYED instead. In

deed, She Be. Green.

 

She so be.

Of The Other. Green that is. Is that

Color dyed She now. So Striped and be. Then,

 

DYED. GREEN. That is.

 

Dyed Green.

She thus, so is and was. Dyed Green in deed

indeed. In Deed, perhaps a Day or

and so more. A LiL’ Times and Places. Till and still. Waters

 

do so clean. Then. That off. Dye.

So Green.

That Green Dye stuff off. Her Stripes. That be. There. Arrowed

then Capsuled. In. Green. For

 

Alls to See. Then.

 

Still. With Life.

Eyes also. Also,

yet and still.

 

Running thus and so. Still

Free. Still

 

 

and Whereas sooth and for. For i, Shiro. Then,.. Now.

Retrace My Steps. Careful and So.

Back Indeed.

A Times and Places… to then Change. In deed As well. Well as

 

Clothes, Locale, Ways…

 

and that Elephantine… Tiger Protective, Nasal Stripping.

 

Smell.

 

 

All Eyes… On the Tiger. Tigress

Also. A

 

Slide-Show. As Belows. Herein. For You.

To See.

 

The Eye of The Tiger.

In The Real.

 

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Feel Free and More So to Share. Herein too.

To and with. Those Tigressive and Tigerish Tales So True.

Of Whens, Hows. Whys. Did You.?.

 

Have To. Feel, See or Use.

That Majestic, Enigmatic Power Thereof.

The Power In. Within.

 

Your Eyes.

 

To So Still. A Moment. To So Live. That

Moment. To Be… Full and Filled. To Finally See.

 

That Moment… a Dream.?. Came True.

When You So Needed To. So Did.

 

Have the Eye of The Tiger. Within

 

You.

 

 

Was so there. Too. To

and for. Herein. To Share.

 

That Moment.

A Moment… or Two. For…

 

“… The most difficult thing is the Decision to Act, the rest is merely tenacity. The

fears are Paper Tigers. You can do Anything You decide to do. You can Act

to change and control Your Life; and the procedure,

the process is its Own Reward…” Vis Amelia Earheart.

 

 

Our World Legends.

Be One.

 

Live Your Dreams.

Watch Them Sparkle.

So Shine. As well,

 

well as

 

 

Next… Ups. So be; Bees Being;.. Will be

Napoleons Golden Bees. That Buzz. Belt Off, Not Tonight.

 

 

Please Feel Free and If So Inclined To Contact/Comment:..

i, Shiro that is.

With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.

If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is A Desire.

 

To Be So Writ. Herein.

 

 

Till next…

 

Shinryuken. Ninja Soke. Ninpo Legend.

The study of Martial Arts leads a student… like Shiro… to the Masters… who teach… students… like Shiro. A smaller slice of these Masters take the journey a lil’ further to lead the Ryu or Family Clan. Grand-Masters,.. SOKE… in the Japanese WAYS as the term goes. An Our World LEGENDs of a look at one of History’s recent. photocredit/thanks:japanesefinearts

 

The Japanese input into the History of Martial Arts is certainly one of the oldest,..

enduring even to Modern Times and Places.

The continuing influence of these Ancient Methods and Traditions obvious. Japanese Martial Arts and Traditions… still grow.

Budo and Bujutsu styles alike. Martial Way and Martial Technique.

 

Though veiled by necessity the Ninja Arts and Traditions are lil’ different.

The modernization and unification of the Japanese Nation also provided opportunity for other forms of employment.

 

Such is and was the case with…

Shinryuken.

Ninja Soke.

Ninpo Legend…

and all that…

that entails. Herein.

 

Soke Shinryukens… Rules for the Dojo. Herein. photocredit/thanks:tshirtsareus

 

The History of Japan’s unification as a Nation contains many Tales of War and Diplomacy. Geopolitics.

The Military Systems put into place from around the 1500’s strived to put an end to the Power divisions of the Feudal Lord System then prevalent. Battles and Skirmishes, Treaties and Alliances…

all shifted Power…

though each provided a little to bind the Country as One under such Rule. Eventually.

 

In and over such times of Martialness…

Three of these Warlords (Daimyo) came to dominate the Political Arena therein.

Oda Nobunaga,.. Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa.

Actions therein intended to bring together and end the Warring States.

Consolidation and Central Authorities enacted or rearranged.

 

Actions…

to Unite a Nation.

 

Several centuries it took before the locally divided systems and approaches…

opted for another.

As Power of the Local Warlords eventually waned…

 

a Nation was thus reborn.

 

The Flag of the Rising Sun… Hinomaru… being raised at the U.N. Headquarters 1956. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

Herein and therein the Japanese Language:

 

The Clan or Family…= (…RYU…).

The Grand-Master… = (…SOKE…).

 

SOKE TODA SHINRYUKEN MASAMITSU. photocredit/thanks:bujinkankyu

SOMETIME,.. SOMEWHEN…

THE MONGOLIAN TIGER

…WAS A cub.

Though Japan… in the early 1900’s was well into Modernization…

some things may never change.

 

The Training that is.

Martial.

 

Takamatsu Toshitsugu grimaced and looked down again on the pain.

His hands.

 

Bloodied and torn they continued to strike. Ninjutsu Training for him at this time meant lil’ more than persistent and constant body conditioning. Against trees, sand, gravel…

…whatever surface O Sensei insisted on that eve.

 

Tonight was gravel.

Stony sharp edges meant pain.

Takamatsu had learnt very quickly that O Sensei being his Grandfather,..

was not always a positive.

His hands, proof enough of that.

 

Takamatsu’s father himself had requested the placement,..

hoping to toughen up a 9 year old it seems.

 

Best reflected in one of O Sensei’s favourite quotes:

 

…Even when you are faced with Death… Die Laughing… “.

 

O Sensei… SOKE TODA SHINRYUKEN MASAMITSU.

Grand-Father of Takamatsu

 

…with some typical NINPO advice.

 

photocredit/thanks:quora

 

Unknown at the time though;..

was the Truth that soon enough…

 

and in his own Times and Places.

Takamatsu Toshitsugu would too… eventually.

Take up the mantle of Grand-Mastership of these Ancient arcane Arts of War.

 

But that is another of Our World Legends…

altogether. Linked above… therein.

 

 

Ninjutsu in the Western World as a Martial Art Tradition…

is still quite young.

Middle aged perhaps… some 40 years only.

 

Confined Shinobi Style in Japan for many of our centuries.

An Ancient Tradition therein.

 

The many Disciplines, Styles and Arts of War that merged and coalesced did so over Times and Places.

Events also.

 

The IGA WARS of the 1580’s brought the turbulence of Political and Nation Unification to the fore. Herein. The Slide-show. photocredit/thanks:fxguide

 

A United Nation…

eventually.

Echoes of the Tokugawa, Hattori Hanzo…

and the Iga Wars versus such as Daimyo WarLord Oda Nobunaga.

 

Brought much into the Arts of War and Ninpo that Soke Shinryuken had Studied.

 

Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu.

戸田真竜軒正光 1824-1909.

 

Within the Toda Family/clan itself for example some 10 consecutive generations had long been immersed in such Arts as that within Togakure Ryu Ninpo and several related or associated Samurai/Ninja Arts.

Shinryuken’s Father,.. Toda Daisaburo Chikahide and Grand-Father Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa… had both served long Terms as Soke of several Martial Arts Traditions/Ryu as well.

Gyokko, Koto, Shinden Fudo, Kumogakure and such.

Martial Families and Clans.

 

Studying forms of both unarmed and weaponry.

Classical Martial Forms. Ninja mods added to.

 

A Recent Lineage Listing. Shinryuken… 32nd SOKE… Takamatsu… 33rd. photocredit/thanks:bujinkan/inner3

 

It took almost a  year.

A year before Shinryuken realised…

Politics was not a plus.

 

To his Study of the Arts of War.

 

1855… the relevant year therein.

 

The Tokugawa Regime of Governance had sought many reformations and wholesale changes.

To many aspects of the Geo-Political scenes and arenas.

 

Power and Class systems were brought under more direct Shogunate Authority which in turn became more centralized with hereditary Posts a norm,..

rather than say Martial prowess…

impressing so and upon Society.

 

A Castle of the Tokugawa Regime. This one is in EDO,.. Japan. photocredit/thanks:elteprompthu

 

The…

Politics of Change.

 

Shinryuken had come to the attention of those given responsibility in KYOTO to form a National Military Academy.

The KOBUSHO.

 

As one of the representatives of the Martially inclined TODA Family.

He was soon enough… given responsibility therein.

First Chief Instructor…

Tokugawa appointed to school the Military Academy’s Martial Skill-sets thereof as well.

 

Oft referred in the annals as “… Hiken…”

Shinryuken… of the Secret Sword.

 

A renowned Sword-Master with a growing reputation for all-round Skills.

‘Cept perhaps…

the vagaries of Politics… therein.

 

By 1855… he knew.

Time… for another Way.

 

The Times and Places… are a changin’ it seems…

 

Seeing first hand the effects of political ploys…

being deployed against close friends, mentors and advisors.

Matsushira Norimasa.

Matsuhira Tadamasa.

Matsudaira Noriyasu.

 

Political plays that decimated the ruling Council and rearranged Power structures of Governance.

Where men of Rule and Law… get relegated and replaced. By others more favourable…

to that and those styles of Governance.

 

Time indeed for a change,..

in deed and in fact as well.

 

Time for… another view it seems. IOT CASH.?. Herein.

 

Ninpo Legend.
The Shinobi School.

1855.

With only slight adjustment in approach Shinryuken shinobied on per se.

 

Setting up both a Chiropractic Clinic and Martial Dojo.

In the Kobe area.

For such as… grand-son Takamatsu…

later that is… to attend. 1900’s.

 

i, Shiro too…

much later is and was… that though, as well. 1984.

 

Foregoing Public Life and Duties for a more Community minded approach.

To the Arts of War. Martial… and Arts Training thereof and therein also.

 

Sword Master.

Ninja Master.

Ninpo Grand-Master.

 

Ninpo Legend.

 

Another Ways… to other Martial Skills. Herein. photocredit/thanks:jordanbradleyward

 

Having learnt many and several Ways he sought to and eventually taught…

a more unified approach also.

Hardened by Time and circumstance he impressed this need upon All his Students.

Related Family… or not.

 

His Works and Legacy even acclaimed in later Journals of Japanese Martialness.

 

The BUGEI RYUHA DAIJITEN Encyclopedia… 1963,..

for example;.. includes:

 

玉虎流骨指術 …a Koshijutsu Ryu.

虎倒流骨法術 …a Koppojutsu Ryu.

神伝不動流打拳体術 …a Dakentaijutsu Ryu.

…though not an official nor complete listing by any means,..

does note at least three of the Ryu Traditions associated closely with Shinryuken and the Toda Clan personages and Families.

 

Such Japanese works of Literature and Classics do much to continue to convey the rich multitude of talent belonging to the Masters and Representatives of the Martial Traditions.

Tending to highly illuminate the indirect references that oft go on behind the scenes of many Modern Institutions. Clan links and Families that made up much of the Geo-Political Arena.

By doing so…

 

one of the few Ways to view…

a more panoramic overview of Ancient Society.

 

That those therein,.. enamored of the Arts of Self-Defence…

do have and provide. Hopefully.

 

Shinryuken Masamitsu of Toda… Japan. photocredit/thanks:ninjutsucolumbia

 

With Experience gained from Masters.

Our World Legends.

 

 

Be One.

 

photocredit/thanks:toshidama

 

 

(Video Link)

 

 

 

Till next…

 

Musashi… was this close. Herein. The Awesome Legend. Our World Legends indeed. gifcredit/thanks: pinterest

 

 

Special Weapons And Tactics Of Ancient Samurai Super Cops.

Law enforcement has oft. involved the ARTs OF WAR as well as those of SELF-DEFENSE. The balancing of Society’s rules by the individuals concerned requires access to cutting edge technology… as far as the rulers budget allows anyway. Ancient JAPAN was little different in this regard. NINPO student Shiro examines their tools of the trade for POLICE, CASTLE GUARDS and… NINJA BODYGUARDS too. A variety of types detailed herein. Pics galore. Shiro style.

 

photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Law enforcement has oft. involved the ARTs OF WAR as well as those of SELF-DEFENSE.

The balancing of Society’s rules by the individuals concerned requires access to cutting edge technology…

as far as the rulers budget allows anyway.

 

Ancient JAPAN was little different in this regard and police forces of the time collectively resorted to a select small number of WEAPONS to accompany their work.

SPECIAL

WEAPONS AND TACTICS

OF ANCIENT SAMURAI

SUPER COPS…

…will examine them all.

 

WELL… most…

i hope.

 

Our World Legends.

 

MALE SAMURAI AND ATTENDANT…NAMES UNKNOWN. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 

BEHIND THE BADGE.

As with many countries, Ancient JAPAN’s Lands were divided into Clan territories or Provinces.These were usually held by force by Military Leaders or family lineage of such with a CASTLE as the ‘Capital’.

From early times these military clans made full use of the police force(s). Each province had their own.Records indicate the main policing function has not changed much over the years in essence.

 

Maintaining law and order within the province boundaries.

LAW AND ORDER…as defined by the RULER(s)…

 

SAMURAI.

 

VINTAGE WOODBLOCK DESIGN SAMURAI WARRIOR MASK.

 

Province districts, villages and towns all had law-enforcement agencies who, in turn were directly responsible to the clans representatives and/or the (Capital City) CASTLE contingent of the RULER.

The AUTHORITY given was oft. quite broad, giving policing powers over commoners, farmers, trades, artisans, merchants, tourists and even the SAMURAI class itself.

 

Their brief per se…seems to be akin to that of the modern MP-MILITARY POLICE.

By this shiro means…(whilst there was indeed misuse and abuse of/by the police for political gains and such over the years by various leaders)…the police were given basic powers and mainly instructed to exercise control, prevent crime, catch criminals and provide regular reports to their next in the chain of command.

Usually ALL CRIME.

 

Nara, Japan at Koriyama Castle in the spring season.

POLICE…IN BRIEF-

This type of directive which could involve petty crime or upper class crimes meant police were oft. not sent in to kill-but capture/’escort‘ to the capital.

Quite oft. the ‘ crim ‘ was simply directly questioned/examined/explanation reqd…other times-

there was no escort home.

THUS the need for…SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS.

 

ANCIENT SAMURAI SUPER COPS needed some new tools.

WEAPONS that could in a real sense…save lives…usually theirs!

 

photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

DEAD, NOT ALIVE…

A LAST RESORT.

 

 

A need for DEFENSIVE WEAPONS is a Law-mans lot.

Thus…LAW AND ORDER.

 

photocredit/thanks:archives/gettyimages

 

There are many instances in police work where violence is askew.Facing a SAMURAI with a pair of SWORDS problematical…

more so if the criminal act is merely political…OR NON-EXISTENTfalse claims were regular those days too…DEADLY FORCE out of the question

 

NO AUTHORITY to do that…but i’d rather not get sliced up like fruit just for my job thanks! (click)

Time to enforce the law creatively.

 

photocredit/thanks:ebay

 

These type dilemmas are i imagine all too real for police on an everyday basis…balancing crime prevention with appropriate preventive responses…not offensive tactics.Hand-cuffs not a hangmans noose approach.

SO…time to blunt that crim’s samurai sword.

 

 

SAYONARA SAMURAI OR…
SAMURAI SELF-DEFENSE.

The need for self defense training in law enforcement apparent to all.The nature of Japanese society meant inevitably police had to cross paths…

and maybe swords…with SAMURAI.

 

INEVITABLY…

 

Facing such a foe, then disarming and subduing involves many skills and great team work.

Class distinctions aside, the SAMURAI were as well, if not much better trained than many police officers

WITH THE SWORD.

 

photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

However…a small select number of WEAPON TYPES…were well known to be quite effective in negating the razor sharp sword edge.

Several NINJA and SAMURAI RYU/CLAN/FAMILY had a long tradition of ‘secret‘ weapons and techniques that silenced the SAMURAI & SWORD.

 

Being from a culture that long had appreciated fine weaponry Japanese Police Officers and support crews became their own WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT TEAM.

 

ROPE CUFFS, WHIPS AND CHAINS OFFICER ?…

 

photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Well…maybe NOT whips.

However any rope/chain WEAPON was…

roped in to the task!

 

The advantages of such include safer distance from the ‘crim’ and the ensnaring effect.Chain types a lil better suited to SWORD WORK and the rope could help tie the samurai in knots…

alive.

HOJOJUTSU…THE ART OF TYING. photocredit/thanks:archives/gettyimages

 

Reports oft. indicate three man police teams oft. used and as far as possible the teams ‘balanced’…

eg.1 rope expert/1 chain/1 weapon though individual police officers skill-sets could oft. contain mastery of several.

 

Also dependent on the status/skill of the ‘ crim ‘.

 

 

photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

photocredit/thanks:weaponhistory

 

The weapons varied-from short or long weighted chains (like the FAMED BOLAS of SPAIN…) to existent weapons with chains/rope attached.Comparatively lightweight, rope could double as rope-ladder in the chase if req…

and as the obvious choice of restraint apparel once the SAMURAI SILENCED AND SUBDUED

…we hope.

 

The WEAPONS themselves, underwent some modding.Points and tips rounded and suchlike, more snare points if able…a lil more user friendly.Much variety in the records…a lot of slight differences as the WEAPONS evolved in use and locale etc.

 

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Courtesy/Thanks TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM.

THE LONG & SHORT,
BUT BOTH MIGHTIER THAN
THE SWORD.

 

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As with the previous weapon type the main defensive rationale was distance-though close work was not ignored…

Historically several LONG WEAPONS had been proved to be more than effective in SAMURAI STOPPING POWER.

The POLE …both bladed and spiked (or a combo) was the perfect choice.The NAGINATA TYPE, with its large curved blade and long reach was also a particular favorite of the SAMURAI womenfolk.

 

Simple mods would blunt the sharp bits yet maintain enough integrity to get the job done.The crim could be pushed, prodded and poked without too much injury…hopefully ensuring easy roping.

As with other weapons of the time a lil variety in the weapon layout or makeup etc.

 

For those with an interest, a series of video links to various discussed weapon demo’s is listed at the end of the article.

 

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Keep in mind…the POLICE WERE NOTALONE.

 

For the vast majority of the-

populace were ALSO BANNED FROM THE SWORD…so:

many of these DEFENSIVE WEAPONS and such concepts were soon applied to items the populace could use and carry.

 

Travelers of many classes such as wandering priests and initiates, tourists, elderly, trades, traders and merchants etc would use combos of walking stick/mace/crook/rope/catchers as well.

The pic prior to the above is a WEAPON type that priests oft. used for example.Variations included tools and farming implements such as rakes or broom types could all be simply adapted to such functions with minimal effort…

and still can.

 

 

 

For when a close and personal touch required…a unique WEAPON usually only used by a small number of WEAPON EXPERTS came back in a big way.

A SWORDCATCHER.

 

HOW TO CATCH A SWORDFISH. photocredit/thanks:onthewater

 

A SWORD…FISH…WORTH CATCHING…
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TO CATCH A SWORD!?…HOW???

 

Well…thanks to my search engine and DuckDuckGo

a SWORD worth catching…is pictured above

and how TO CATCH THAT SWORD

–pic above that.NJOY.

 

Pictured below is one more relevant to SHIRO

at the moment…

 

OK OK…the ones below that then…

 

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JUTTE…SWORD CATCHER. WITH UNIQUE + UNUSUAL SELF-DEFENSE… photocredit/thanks:warosu

 

A specialist WEAPON that if used correctly would first catch and trap then allow leverage disarming of the SWORD itself.A WEAPON whose LEGENDARY NAME infers the underlined strength it gives its wielder…

the strength of(ju=) 10 (te=) HANDS

The JUTTE.

 

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A simple, solid chunk/rod of steel…with an attached/offset tine(s).The jutte was used so as to let the sword blade run down the steel rod and get trapped between tine and rod…job done.Rope ’em boys…in theory.Being as proficient as a cowboy with the lasso may have been an advantage too.

 

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Several other innovative defensive oriented weapons noted though their widespread use unknown…probably a personal choice by the officer, dependent on the situation or crim being faced.

Protective gauntlets, body armor, battle fans, knuckle duster type items, kubotan type pressure point rods/sticks and solid flat bars tied/strapped across palms to deflect sword strikes and so forth.

 

 

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Though the SAMURAI SWORD held a special place in the hearts of the JAP.populace…(THEN and now)…

many ryu samurai/ninja/others, individual martial artists and ex-soldiers etc ALL knew from BATTLE EXPERIENCE and training;

…the reality…just another tool for the job.

 

Some of their EXPERT KNOWLEDGE has been passed down through the few remaining MARTIAL lineages

much is lost to the world as WRITING AND READING per se were relatively unknown to the (global)populace at large and word of mouth was oft. the only resort available.

SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS.

The intel here indicate at least two tales to tell.

Many/some??? of the ANCIENT SAMURAI SUPER COPS WERE…NINJA.

 

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(In addition-many others, samurai and/or non-samurai; ex-soldiers, security personnel, town or city guards and commoners too…per norm FOR THE TIMES=many had MARTIAL skills…and more-)

Besides having the requisite martial abilities, their other skill-sets oft.vital and very applicable to security and police work with minimal adaptation.There had been several periods historically whereby many felt the need and inclination to acquire these unique social stabilisers.

 

SKILLS that encompass ALL BUDO per se NOT JUST SELF DEFENSE.

 

SKILLS that required-

SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS.

 

Useful for certain RULERS to fulfill certain tasks and operations.

MARTIAL or otherwise

One such was IEYASU TOKUGAWA.

Hattori Hanzo… another.

 

A TOKUGAWA Castle, Edo,.. Japan. photocredit/thanks:elteprompthu

 

ANCIENT SAMURAI SUPER COPS

 

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IEYASU BATTLE ARMOR. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

FIRST SHOGUN OF THE TOKUGAWA’s who ruled JAPAN between 1600-1900 approx. (click)

Hundreds of IGA and KOGA ryu NINJA were employed to guard the CASTLE at EDO (olden name for TOKYO btw…) for example and utilized as a Police Force by the SHOGUN. Oft. referred to as the ONIWABANSHU.

Many many more were sent out to other locales with similar tasks…including spying on potential threats or real enemies.

 

NINJA style…POLICE work.

 

IEYASU CEREMONIAL ARMOR. photocredit/thanks:sohu

 

Another who found the NINJA of great use…

 

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and may well have been related to a NINJA CLAN himself is the famed HATTORI HANZO.

A SAMURAI of IGA his exploits are LEGENDARY.

NINJA were oft.employed in his service.

 

His son later became COMMANDER of the NINJA CASTLE GUARDS contingent. Hattori btw was buried with his helmet and a favorite WEAPON-his SPEAR. (click)

 

SPEAR OF HATTORI HANZO. Slide-show Herein. photocredit/thanks:guidejapanseesaa

 

For those with an interest- Hattori’s SPEAR was approx. 4.2mtrs in length originally.

His remains/Memorial are in the SAINEN-JI TEMPLE COMPLEX some 10 mins from TOKYO TRAIN STATION.

 

The SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS prevalent in the NINJA RYU and SAMURAI TRADITIONS can be used to  save LIFE. Creatively adapting tools and ideas into the original meaning of SELF DEFENSE itself = SURVIVAL.

 

For both the ancient samurai super cops: the police and the populace itself.ALL.

SOCIETY SELF DEFENSE = SOCIETY SURVIVAL.

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SAMURAI SELF DEFENSE REVIVED-
…BY A NINJA !

 

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Understanding the sometimes deep crossover between SAMURAI AND NINJA can be confusing.Basically dependent on the time period in question and the feelings of the RULER involved….or the historian…or the families themselves.

At times NINJA were despised…other times...LEGENDS.

 

In 1855 the TOKUGAWA govt. designed and built  a KOUBUSHO; a NATIONAL MILITARY ACADEMY in KYOTO.

TODA SHINRYUKEN MASAMITSU was appointed as the first CHIEF BUDO INSTRUCTOR for the SAMURAI attending the academy (click).

TODA SHINRYUKEN MASAMITSU is/was a NINJA.

 

A NINPO GRANDMASTER (SOKE) in fact.

 

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The TODA CLAN 1600-1960 approx. are the lineage ancestors of the TOGAKURE RYU NINPO as well as several other martial ryu traditions.

The last of the direct family TAKAMATSU TOSHITSUGU (photo above)(TODA MASAMITSU’s  grandson) bequeathed the lineages to the care of DR.MASAAKI HATSUMI…the current SOKE (GRANDMASTER) of the BUJINKAN (photo below). (click)

 

In turn DR.M.HATSUMI has written many books on such subjects including one apt and relevant here named:

Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai ‘…

if you have an interest in the techniques/details of the ancient SAMURAI/NINJA as well as some background data…well worth the read shiro says.

 

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SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS OF ANCIENT SUPER  COPS therein too.

 

THEN…AND NOW.

The following comparison may be of historical interest.

Two photos…JAP.COPS…

 

THEN…

 

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and NOW–NJOY…or not.SIMPLE.

 

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9 MARTIAL WEAPON DEMO’s/LINKS FOR INSPIRED TRAININGSHIRO’s choice.

 

SHIRO, at 22-joined the BUJINKAN ADELAIDE GROUP under the watchful eyes and hands and feet of S.ED LOMAX in 1984.

IN 1990 BOTH ED AND SHIRO, (27)… BECAME THE FIRST SOUTH AUSTRALIANS TO JAPAN TRAVEL AND TRAIN WITH SOKE.DR.M.HATSUMI AND the BUJINKAN NINPO MASTER INSTRUCTORSidreamofninja

now i train and study with NINJA

 

do you have a dream???… hows that going?

 

Till next…