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Koto-ryu Koppojutsu


All 60 Koto-ryu techniques on 6 files in HD quality, total playing time is 55 minutes. 2.8 Gb (H.264, AAC, 1280x720p)

This was filmed at the Bujinkan Kaigozan Dojo during the summer of 2015. The theme was Koto-ryu Koppojutsu.

There is no verbal instructions on this film. Each technique is demonstrated several times from all angles. For more information about this ryu-ha click here! Please notice there is several sub-pages to this page with more information, also including an errata for the Densho book published by Hatsumi Soke.

All 60 techniques is demonstrated from several angles including slowmotion speed. There is no verbal instructions, we highly suggest you get the Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai book (what I call the Densho Book by Hatsumi Soke). This book have all Taijutsu techniques from all the Bujinkan ryu-ha described, it is a must have for all studying the Bujinkan arts.

虎倒流 骨法術

1. 五法構 GOHO NO KAMAE (5 techniques) Duration: 04:51 min / 255,3 MB on disk
2. 諸伝型 SHODEN KATA (18 techniques) Duration: 17:14 min / 897,4 MB on disk
3. 中伝型 CHUDEN KATA (12 techniques) Duration: 08:56 min / 471,6 MB on disk
4. 劈刀型 HEKITO KATA (8 techniques) Duration: 05:47 min / 303,6 MB on disk
5. 奥伝型 OKUDEN KATA (14 techniques) Duration: 13:18 min / 680 MB on disk
6. 皆伝型 KAIDEN KATA (3 techniques) Duration: 03:31 min / 191,4 MB on disk

Each file contains chapter markers for all the techniques for easy skipping to the technique you want to study. You can import the files to your iTunes library and sync it to your iPhone or iPad, or stream to the AppleTV. You can import it to any other library that supports the mp4 format and put it on your Android phone or tablet. Or you can play it directly from your hard drive, streaming to your TV etc.


Title: Complete Koto-ryu Koppojutsu with Mats Hjelm
Instructors: Mats Hjelm
Theme: Koto-ryu Koppojutsu Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, Hekito, Kaiden
Recorded: Recorded in Kaigozan Dojo, Stockholm July 2015

Kind: Apple MPEG-4 movie
Size: 2 799 357 430 bytes (2,8 GB on disk)
Dimensions: 1280×720
Codecs: 3GPP Text, H.264, AAC, Photo – JPEG
Duration: 55 min


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This movie contains all 18 basic taijutsu techniques from Koto-ryu Koppojutsu Shoden no Kata. They are taught and explained thoroughly as the basic foundation, and with many applications and henka.

Title: Keiko25 – Koto-ryu Koppojutsu Shoden Kata
Instructors: Holger Kunzmann
Theme: Koto-ryu Koppojutsu, Shoden kata
Recorded: Recorded in Stockholm March 13-25th 2009 The instruction is in English
Approximately 90 Minutes playing time.

Shortly after returning from training in Japan with Soke and the Shihan, Holger held this seminar in Kaigozan Dojo, Stockholm, Sweden. This DVD contains all 18 basic taijutsu techniques from Koto-ryu Koppojutsu Shoden no Kata. They are taught and explained thoroughly as the basic foundation, and with many applications and henka. The following techniques where taught…
Kurai-dori (kamae). Yokuto, Ogyaku, Koyoku, Shito, Hosoku, Hoteki, Shato, Keto, Sakugeki, Tangeki, Batsugi, Setto, Shihaku, Kyogi, Kakko, Uranami, Tenchi and Katamaki.

Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden March 2009

Who is Holger Kunzmann?

Holger’s main interest in Bujinkan is the basics. And he has become quite famous for his excellent taijutsu and very good knowledge and skill of the basics in Bujinkan.
Holger’s web site…

Kotō Ryū Koppōjutsu – article translation

From Wanderings in Budo by bujinshugyo


Kotō ryū koppōjutsu
Present day fighting techniques bear no relationship to what one might call koppo…
Toda Sakyō Isshinsai learned the Gyokko ryū of Sō Gyokkan and founded (this school) in the mid 16th Century. The technique of koppō was originally introduced from ancient China, also known as Gōhō (strong method), its speciality is to make use of hidden weapons. Transmitted to the Toda family along with Togakure ryū by the Iga ninja. Momochi Sandayū also learned this. According to Mr Hatsumi there is the ‘knack’ to understanding the technique of using the skeleton/bones.

虎倒 Kotō – tiger knocking down, tiger defeating, to fell a tiger.
僧玉観 Sō Gyokkan – a (Buddhist) monk, jewelled appearance. Looking at the Chinese for 玉観 you could also see the name as suggesting that this person is a treasured (possibly imperial) advisor or observer.
強法 Gōhō – strong or powerful method. Pronunciation as gōhō is indicated by furigana alongside kanji in the text.

The first line was particularly vexing to translate into something that made sense in English, after trying out several different versions I am currently happy with the one written above. Similarly with the last line there are various ways to phrase it in English, and thus subtly altering the meaning.

As with Togakure ryū in the genealogy chart, Kotō ryū is descended from the Gyokko ryū of Hachidō Nyūdō, but through Tozawa Hyakuunsai Kaneuji to Gyokkan who is seen as the source of four styles. Kotō ryū is passed on to Hatsumi Masaaki, as with Togakure ryū, through Momochi Sandayū, the Toda family, Toda Shinryūken Masamitsu and Takamatsu Toshitsugu.


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Kaigousuru 4 -- the fourth International Bujinkan Training Party with some of the best instructors in Sweden and Scandinavia.

- Sveneric Bogsäter
- Mariette v.d Vliet
- Larry Jonsson
- Elias Krzywacki
- Rikard Sundelius
- Peter Jonsson
- Mats Hjelm
- Michael Schjerling
- Hans Nilsson
- Thomas Franzen
- Christian Spicker
- Magnus Johansson.

The theme of this year was Koto-ryu. This was the 10 year anniversary of Kaigozan dojo. A lot of instructors where invited, and a lot of people came to play and celebrate. This is a very good tape for people that haven’t seen so many instructors move. All the instructors move and teach different, you will get a lot of variety, and a lot of good ideas to play with.

Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden October 2000

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空間感覚 Sense of space

From Kabutoshimen by admin

As you know this years theme is the Togakure school. And what we is studying is the 面 OMOTE, outside or the visible and the 空間 KUUKAN. Next year we will be studying the 裏 URA, the inside, what is not visible or the secret. Soke said that next year we will go beyond kuukan.

First I’d like to remind you of my previous posts about not going ahead too soon, and instead follow the natural way and do things with good timing. So what he meant by going beyond kuukan we can leave for next year… no need to worry about that now.

空間 KUUKAN means space, room or air space. The first kanji KARA means emptyness, vacuum or blank, also SORA means sky or the heavens. The second kanji MA means space, room, time or pause. It can also mean many other things, for example KEN which is a measurement used between pillars, the same length as a tatami mat, 1,818 meters. In Koto-ryu for example you should be able to jump 2 ken sideways.

Other Japanese budo arts use and emphasize the same kanji for 間合い MAAI (interval), but in Bujinkan we instead speak of kuukan which has a deeper meaning. It is not just the distance, it is more how you use the distance that is important. For example if you have a pistol on your right side of the hip, you should keep this side away from the opponent so that he cannot take your weapon, and also so that you have room to draw your weapon off need be.

So this year we are developing our 空間感覚 Kuukankankaku, our sense of using the space between ourselves and the opponent as well as everything else around us, including possible weapons, doors, trees, stones, cars, other people etc.

In art they also speak of kuukan. For example using a big white paper and not too much black ink. Instead of looking at the black ink you look at the big white spaces. Or a zen garden one stone in the middle of a big field, it is the same thing, kept very simple. Maybe the same thing can be said about budo, keeping the techniques simple and leave plenty of room that can be used if needed, instead of complicated techniques that leaves out the freedom to henka, change. The key is to keep it simple, I think.