Kukishin-ryû is an old kobudo school from the Kansai area which, throughout its history, has brought forth many sub-branches. The best-known of these are probably the Takamatsu-den lineages of Bujinkan and Genbukan.

Kukishin-ryû bôjutsu is furthermore transmitted in different branches connected to Takagi-ryu. 

Kukamishin-ryû, as Kukishinden Tenshin Hyôho is called nowadays, is totally unrelated to these lines. The head of the Kuki family (at the moment this is Kuki Ietaka) is still the soke of the school. In charge of training and curriculum however is the shihanke, Takatsuka Eichoku.


KukishindenTenshin Hyôhô is Kukamishin-ryû

Much has been written already about the name Kukishin-ryu and its meaning. Recently, the ryu was renamed Kukamishin-ryu, which has led to misunderstandings with some people. The name change has come about as follows.


The name Kuki, which the founder of the ryû Yakushimaru Ryushin had received from


emperor Godaigo, consisted of the character Ku (nine, referring to the Kuji that was supposedly used by Yakushimaru during the fight to save the emperor) and the “hornless” charakter Ki, which in this form should be pronounced as Kami. Since the Edo period (1603-1868) the combination was, for political and language technical reasons, pronounced as Kuki


During the bakumatsu period (1853-1868), the 24th soke Kuki Takahiro learned Tenshin Hyôhô from Shirai Tôru, and accordingly changed the name of the ryû to Kukishinden Tenshin Hyôhô. Up until recently this was the name by which the school was known. Some years ago however, in consultation with soke Kuki Ietaka, it was decided to reestablish the original pronunciation and since that moment, the school is once again referred to as Kukamishin-ryû.


Because the text for these pages was written during this transition period, and because the name Kukishin-ryu is still very well-known, I have retained it for this website.



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