San Francisco 2015 - Kukishinden-ryū

The theme of the seminar:
kukishinden-ryū dakentaijutsu (九鬼神伝流打拳體術),
Bōjutsu (棒術)
Kenjutsu (剣術)
Taijutsu (体術)):
This was Kacem’s second visit to the beautiful very happening city of San Francisco.  The theme of this seminar was to study the way, forms, strike and foot work of the Kukishinden-ryū.  Kacem had shown and discussed a few of the techniques from the Shoden Gata: Seion (生音), Yume-otoshi (夢落), Suiyoku (水翼).
The important thing to remember is to not only mimic closely the densho's description of understanding the flow. But, also to study the understanding of the proper use of biomechanics for each waza, in order to fully see the daken taijutsu used in close range with armor
Buki waza (武器技):
Here we cover Bōjutsu from Kukishinden Ryu KihonGata, which deals with the following techniques: jōdan ukemi (上段受身), ashi-barai (), shihō bōfuri-gata (四方棒振型) and men uchi gata (撃型). The important thing here is to first know how to use the right and correct kamae, then the right angle for jōdan ukemi, and finally the right order for men uchigata.
The basic kenjutsu techniques shown are from the gyokko ryu Tōhō, with the focus on the main ukemi called jōdan uke tome (上段受止). Also covered in the practice of the weapon, was the way to hold the weapon, tori-kata (捕り型) and nigiri-kata (握り型)..

Ian Johnson

Ian first joined the Bujinkan in 2001, with a desire to practice traditional Japanese martial arts. He first met Kacem Zoughari in LA in 2009 at the Takagi Yoshin ryu seminar. He attended each of the LA seminars thereafter (and still does) until Kacem was gracious enough to do his first seminar in San Francisco in 2014.