The "Ryu Ha" of the Amatsu Tatara arts represent the traditional techniques from ancient family schools that developed over centuries. Based on different sections of the numerous Dragon & Tiger scrolls, each historical lineage or "ryu" has a particular teaching focus or "ha". These differences stem from a myriad of contributing factors ranging from the occupation and background of the ryu ha's founder to the geographical region in which the ryu ha was developed.
Over 2000 years, only the strongest and most effective schools survived to this day. Understanding this, it is easy to appreciate the significance of an unbroken line lasting 58 generations. Even our younger ryu ha started more than 500 years ago, but many progressive teaching refinements have constantly been made. The original kata have always been and will always be the same. The "refinements" in how the art is taught must adapt with the times.
Genbukan Ninpo differs very much from other Martial Arts. This is apparent in the manner of our teaching as much as the style of Martial Arts and the techniques themselves.
We are very different from other schools of ninpo/ninjutsu in that we have maintained the purity of Ninpo traditions.
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura has opened the gateway to these traditions by teaching the true patterns and techniques of Takamatsu Sensei (previous Grandmaster). Each Ryu/Ha (Traditional Martial Art style) within the Genbukan is passed on with an understanding of this and proudly carries the name ‘Tanemura Ha’ .
The name ‘Tanemura Ha’ depicts the truth of Takamatsu Sensei’s teachings without deviation or too much emphasis on henka (variation). It is through the study of Genbukan that we can relate to more meaningful things.
Ninja survived through turbulent times but also through good times where the spirit is often unaware of the dangers that surround us, it was the attainment of a higher consciousness, an awakened knowing, an understanding that related to the world we live in whatever time that may be.
The Martial artist that knew this therefore became the custodian of sacred wisdom and carried a gnosis that today is still prevalent through the study of Genbukan Ninpo. This is expressed through a combination of diligence, hard training and piety, traditions that are preserved and sustained in the Genbukan.
Today as in the past we open and close each class with an ancient Martial Arts ceremony that relates this at both the most fundamental and highest levels so that all students can avail of these special teachings.
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Tanemura-Ha
Gyokko Ryu Kosshi-jutsu Tanemura-Ha
Shinden Fudo Ryu Daken-Taijutsu Tanemura-Ha
Shinden Fudo Ryu Taijutsu Tanemura-Ha
Kukishinden Happo Biken Jutsu Tanemura-Ha
Koto Ryu Koppo-jutsu Tanemura-Ha
Hontai Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu
Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu Shobukyoku
Tenshin Hyoho Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu
Shinden Tatara Ryu
Hontai Yoshin Takagi Ryu Jujutsu
Kijin Chosui Ryu Daken-Taijutsu
© Genbukan, K.J.J.R., Amatsu Tatara are Copyright, Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura, 2008