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Re: What is Bikenshin Ryu ?

Subject: Re: What is Bikenshin Ryu ?
by SeanAskew on 2005/7/8 22:07:01

My name is Sean Askew
Bujinkan member for 20+ years
-lived and trained in Japan with Soke for 11 years.
I read, write and speak Japanese.
Graduated in 1995 from Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku), Tokyo Japan with a B.A. in Japanese Language and History (Hikaku Bunka).

My comments can be verified in the Daijiten I mentioned earlier. The book is in Japanese and if you want edition information you can e-mail me at bkrninpo@aol.com

The lineage for Ishitani's Togakure Ryu is not completely shown but a good portion of it is. Other than that I guess my comments can be verified by anyone that is still training in Japan with Soke.

Since the menkyo kaiden of Ishitani Soke is easily verifiable (the lineage listed was submitted by Takamatsu Sensei to the editor of the book) I tend to think that the Bikenshin is a combination of Toda Soke's Ninpo heritage and the Kukishin Den Happo Biken of Ishitani's family.

Again Harada San I do believe that the Bikenshin was not a Ryu-ha but I think it would be best if you ask Soke when you are back in Japan. Please let me know what you find out.

Sean Askew
Bujinkan Kokusai Renkoumyo

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