The Nine Ryu

The Nine Ryu of the Bujinkan

Budo Taijutsu is made up of nine individual martial lineages. Six of these lineages are Bugei battlefield arts, previously used by Japan’s Samurai warriors, the remaining three are Ninpo arts practiced by the infamous ninja.

Each lineage is between 500 – 800yrs old, born from actual combat and passed on through history by an unbroken chain of family heads or patriarch. The current patriarch to all nine lineages is Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.

The Nine Ryu

Togakure Ryu Ninpo – “Hidden Door” Ryu
Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiken – “Nine Daemons” Ryu
Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu – “Jewel Tiger” Ryu
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu – “Tiger Knocking Down” Ryu
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu – “Truth, Loyalty & Justice” Ryu
Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo – “Hiding in the Clouds” Ryu
Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu – “Immoveable Heart” Ryu
Takagi Yoshin ryu Jutaijutsu – “High Tree, Raised Heart” Ryu
Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo – “Jewel Heart” Ryu