we connot show the most serious parts of our ninpo taijutsu, I hope
visitors to our dojo will find our shinobi hospitality very sincere
Kenjak (nawa shuriken)
was one of the weapons used by my ancestors.
This is a replica
made by my father for a religios use.
ancestors were good in firearms and exlosives. They had good access
to materials necessary for manufacturing powders and craft-weapons
as bakushin of the Tokugawa shogunate.
shiyakuzutsu (replica) in my father's hand. He made it a half
size, as it's illegal now to produce a firearm.
unique religious jutte of the Shibatas.
Many of my friends whom I was privileged to get to know, know that I have
been a tour-guide for over 30 years.
started a ninja tour for my young shinobi friends who happened to be
actors and actresses, in addtion to introducing our legacy to the general
public in Japan, and to offering international visitors, especially families,
chances to see something authentic and interesting
at the same time.
15 years ago, it so happened that I started to build homepages for myself
and thought I would
make a page for my father, too. That was the starting point of my interest in his
works. Why! He had beauatiful hand crafted weapons. And then I started to really notice his friends, associates and students.
Nawa Yumio-sensei, Matsuo Kenpu-sensei, and Sato Kimbei-sensei were very good
friends of his.
One day a 15th dan Shinobi of Bujinkan wrote to me to ask if my father would
craft a kakushi-buki for him. This was the first time I got to know something
about Bujinkan. This shidoshi had been authorized by soke to be in show
As we became very good friends, I joined his dojo and started to help
him with his
show business. His students were half actors and half shinobi, and they were
poor. I wanted to help them, and feed them.
years, one day, all of a sudden our shidoshi told us that he was
going to learve us. He was going to take all of our excellent shinobinoshu with
him to work for someone extremely important. He didn't mention the name of this
VIP, but we understood the nature of his new work.
But we had show and tour contracts. So I decided to take over his
business. But I was at a loss because I knew it was all but impossible to get help from
other dojos. I decided to talk to my parents about the matter.
My father said he would help. He called his students and his long
time shihan buyu for help.Right away I found myself with about 20 people from
several different ryuha. Half of them were my father's men. I had a few from
the former dojo. Everybody helped me.
Their dedication turned out very impressive.
From the beginning Kazuchika was exceptional. He was always ready
Humble, sincere and reliable. Seeing how he moved, an amateur like myself could
tell he was an excellent martial art practitioner. He was a student of Sato
Kimbei-sensei and came to my father's workshop after his sensei's death. He
became his best student .
When my father decided to retire at the age of 80 suffering from cancer. I
took over his position as the representative of his group, naming it the Musashi
Clan. I asked Kazuchika to be our master ninja.
Then, my father revealed to me that my grandfather was the head of shinobi
assassins till 80 years ago. My mother knew it, too, but she kept her mouth shut
for so many years! But the time came, at last. All the pieces came to fit in my puzzle.
My ancestors, my grand father, and my father's workshop. Everything
was prepared before I knew. My father said it's OK to talk
linage, as over 50 years have passed since my grandfather passed
The family legacy and good
part of the tradition have to continue. In my generation, the
family knowdge is going to serve for international friendship and understanding.
And we have decided to
commit ourselves to introducing small ryuha schools, the legacies of
which the public does not
My father and Kazuchika have assimilated a lot of things into our family
martial arts. We have named ours Keishin-ryu Heiho. The ninpo-taijutsu part
was named Musashi-ryu, as my great grand father was called Musashi-person
in the Japanese Wikipedia. Also, it is a bit easier for the
people from other ryuhas to collaborate with us, as everybody is
a Musashi-ryu shinobi here.
If any of you come to our dojo in Tokyo. You'll see some of the nimpo
taijutsu based on my samurai-ninja weaponsmith family legacy of 420 years.
We'll show the very basic, some of what we show to the novices
in our dojo, which is perhaps enough for the general public who
want to get a glimpse of our legacy. The people will know that
there are still shinobi, today.
The Musashi clan