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Gyokko-ryû Kosshijutsu is a very important school. You have Gyokko-ryû Koppōjutsu and Gyokko-ryû Kosshijutsu. This is actually one part of the scroll. It reads “koppô of Gyokko-ryû Koppôjutsu. There is also Gyokko-ryû Daken (striking with the fists; 打拳) and Gyokko-ryû Torite (grabbing with the hands; 捕手). It was all dependent on the master of the time, the area, the expertise, and what he liked. Some people are sometimes better in one area then another, just as some are only right handed, some are only left handed. Some are ambidexterous. Some have very good balance. And, the some of Gyokko-ryû could give it the name he wanted, the name of the discipline that he was focused on; could be Koppôjutsu, Kosshijutsu, Daken, etc. It was dependent on the process of his practice. Some had a specialty with iai, some with spear, with the , etc. So, there is Koppôjutsu and Kosshijutsu. Some have said that there are no weapons in this tradition. This is not true. This tradition was born from using the spear, longsword (tachi; 太刀), iai (居合), shuriken, the kusari (chain; 鎖), and a way of using the kodachi (small sword; 小太刀). It is a very deep and very old tradition. In the first level, for instance, there are 12 techniques, however, it shouldn’t be looked at like this. There were 28 masters, so for each technique here were many variations. You can even mix the techniques together and find more variations. Toda sensei used to say to Takamatsu sensei, “Shôden wa okuden nari” (初伝わ奥伝なり – the first transmission is the highest transmission). So you need to practice the first level like it is the highest level, the deepest level. The highest level came from the first level; the highest technique came from the basic. You push yourself to rise in quality not in quantity. It’s not about being good or being strong, it is to do it correctly.”



‘Kubi-jikken’ means ‘kembun’ [visual confirmation and inspection] of whether or not a severed head is really that of the person in question. The collection of enemy heads was a common practice in medieval Japan, developed from war. In the Battle of Sekigahara, the commanders of the Tokugawa army would present the heads of enemy commanders to the shogun. The enemy heads would be counted and examined to check their identities. It was ritualized as a ‘performance review’. Commanders were rewarded for the most heads they collected. Commanders who failed to gather heads were publicly scolded in public. The heads were either buried or publicly displayed on bridges or execution grounds. Women of samurai class were also involved in kubijikken. They were responsible for washing the traditional makeup off the decapitated heads for identification. Commanders of high ranking would blacken their teeth as a display of their status. Women would blacken the teeth of the heads in order to present it as a higher, valuable prize.

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