Manaka Unsui overseas seminar 2017
KUKISHIN RYU BOJUTSU 九鬼神流棒術
Originally in this school, all the techniques of Bōjutsu (stick) and Sōjutsu (spear), as one part of Happō Bikenjutsu, were almost the the same. The only difference was in the way of holding the Bō or Yari (spear). The origins of these bojutsu, sojutsu, Naginatajutsu and Bisentojutsu techniques are written in the T'ang period “Sekimenki-Seiden", and were apparently famous everywhere. “Happo" means eight Budo, or martial ways. In the “Sekimenki" it says that carrying a bo or bisento and using these techniques, one could attack into the midst of hundreds of opponents all alone just as though simply walking along level ground, just like a demon god (Kishin). It goes without saying that in the T'ang kingdom and in our country too the bō is the oldest of all weapons. Bo were made from Akagashi (Japanese evergreen oak) wood six shaku (about six feet or 180 cm) in length. Jōjutsu appeared later, coming from ascetics from the land of Ki (Western Japan). The Shaku-jo was a 4-shaku stick of Akagashi with tin attached to the top. Sanshaku-bōjutsu appeared after this. Records remain from remote ages that three-and-a half-shaku sticks with a stone ring on one end, or eight-shaku sticks with stone rings fitted on both ends were used as weapons to smash heads. It seems that in later ages, as the techniques gradually progressed, the stone rings were taken off and the lengths were fixed at roku(6)-shaku and san(3)-shaku.
KUKISHIN RYU JOJUTSU 九鬼神流 杖術
The staff art is similar to bōjutsu, and is strongly focused upon defense against the Japanese sword. The jō is a short staff with a smaller diameter than than the Rōkushakubō , about 5 feet long.