Notes: Stockholm 2010 Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu and Tojutsu

A few months ago the Onmitsu Kage platform launched, serving as a sort of NetFlix of seminars led by the acclaimed Dr. Kacem Zoughari.

This excited me quite a bit as this is the man who, upon meeting him, single-handedly changed my approach to martial arts completely. He’s even the reason why I delved into academics, returned to school, completed my (ten years later) high school education and a number of university courses. In this time, I was only able to see Kacem whenever he came to Toronto, Ontario here in Canada. However, our local government caught wind that he was coming here to do business, and since then the bureaucracy has complicated his visits. Thus I haven't seen him in maybe four years.

So the launching of this program has been a very big gift to my practice. Accordingly, I immediately began taking extensive notes, after all, I might be able to afford this subscription now, but there's no promise of later.

Before long I realized that I was writing files that spanned from 14 to 24 pages each, and I decided to approach the guys that were making the project possible. Now they are hosting said files on their site as a supporting service!

So for this particular seminar, the material was focused on Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu and Tojutsu. Pretty much everyone in the Bujinkan has seen many of the techniques of Kosshijutsu, but in this case, Kacem also spoke of Koppojutsu in that tradition as well. He explained how at different times, depending on the particular master’s proficiency, favorite techniques (which was a perspective not recommended), or capacity in certain movements, it might be referred to as kosshijutsu, koppojutsu, taijutsu, etc. “There is also Gyokko-ryū Daken (striking with the fists; 打拳) and Gyokko-ryū torite (grabbing with the hands; 捕手), all depending on the master, the area, the expertise, what he like, some people are sometimes better in one thing then the other, just like how some are just right handed, some are just left handed, some are both, some have very good balance. So there is Koppōjutsu and kosshijutsu, some have said that there is no weapon. This is not true, this has come from using the spear, longsword (tachi; 太刀), iai (居合), shuriken, the kusari (chain; 鎖) a way of using the kodachi (small sword; 小太刀).”

“When you keep on practicing you need to engage yourself on something like a high class way of moving and a high standard of moving. After that, you’re free to do what you want.” — Kacem Zoughari

In regards to Tojutsu (science of the katana; 刀術), Kacem explained that the word kenjutsu (剣術) is fairly new in the Japanese history of martial arts. Before that, you use tōjutsu. “Tō” mean katana, it is the same writing (刀), but a different way of reading it. Most of the classical masters like Bokuden, Hidetsuna, Matsumoto Bizen no kami, Itō Ittōsai, etc. they used to be known as masters of tōsōjutsu (刀槍術), or sōtōjutsu (槍刀術), which means spear and sword. The sword was always the last weapon, not really a very important weapon, but it became a symbol of the warrior class when there was no more war, when it became a peaceful era. So it because a symbol when you don’t use it anymore.

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