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Re: Ishitani-sensei a menkyo holder in Togakure Ryu?

Subject: Re: Ishitani-sensei a menkyo holder in Togakure Ryu?
by Leonardo on 2006/1/6 7:06:08

"not sure if he has one for togakure ryu but he did know some form(s). Takamatsu-sensei learned it at 13, 4 years before he met Ishitani-sensei.
When O'Sensei Takamatsu was 17 years old, an old man by the name of Ishitani Matsutaro Takekage came to the match factory owned by Takamatsu's father. Ishitani was famous all over Japan for his martial arts. He was using an old oak bokken for a walking stick. Takamatsu's father gave Ishitani a job as security guard, and Ishitani was also given a small area of the factory to use as a Dojo. Takamatsu leapt at the chance to study under the old man. From him he learned the "Kuki Happo Biken no Jutsu". Ishitani also trained in various aspects of Ninjutsu and taught young Takamatsu aspects from several other schools of which he was also Soke."

So let me see if I understand correctly:

Takamatsu learned Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu early in life from one of the last remaining people (Toda), who had this knowledge of ninjutsu. Takamatsu then later met a man (Ishitani), who was totally unrelated to Toda, but also knew some form of ninjutsu, separate from what Takamatsu already knew. Correct, or no?

If this is the case, then it is an amazing coincidence that one person could happen to meet the only 2 sources of ninjutsu left, and learn from them both. What are the odds? Can anybody clarify this?

James Hawk
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