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  • 2017.12
Hapkido : Choi Yong Sool didn't learn from Sokaku.
Korean paper Joong Ang Ilbo provoked Hapkido issue again.

Title "Is Hapkido a Japanese martial art? Knower doesn't think so"


"Hapkido is one of popular martial arts in Korea but has many disputes because Hapkido and Aikido are in same chinese characters, founder Choi Yong Sool first learnt Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu from Takeda Sokaku so people recognize Hapkido is a Japanese martial art."

"So many different associations and each Hapkido dojo teaches different techniques, many disciples open new dojo just after learning a few months. "

"Researcher Lee Ho Cheol says : Hapkido is strictly Korean culture. People should recognize its superiority rather than pointing out the bad side."

"Indonesia and Malaysia do not dispute origin of Silat."

"Choi learnt Daito-ryu from Sokaku with Ueshiba Morihei. Ueshiba started Aikido, Choi started Hapkido."

"There is a theory that Daito-ryu was originated in Three Kindoms era Korea."

"Some people suggest to change name but Hapkido is already well known name world wide and origin dispute exists only in Korea."

The purpose of the article is that Hapkido was from Aiki Jujutsu but Korean added kickings'n stuffs so now it's Korean martial art. (Same theory as TKD)
The article sounds like it's wasting to dispute origin of Hapkido but never forget to insert it  originated in Three Kingdoms hoax. 
Such a theory exists only among Korean ethno centrists.

Another hoax in the article is Choi learnt from Sokaku.
As I said on "Verification of Hapkido History" video, there's no trace that Choi was Sokaku's pupil. Sokaku didn't own a dojo, he taught to people who paid and invited him.
Sokaku left the record and Choi wasn't listed.
【2017/11/02 09:58 】 | Uriginal Issue | 有り難いご意見(0)
Togakure Ninja

I thought I had to clarify this,

Togakure Ninja is fictional ninja.

You might think "What about Ninja tools in the museum in Togakushi village"
All the Ninja tools in the museum were donated by Hatsumi.
Nobody knows how he got them, they never been examined by scholars.
I am pretty sure that they were made to display in the museum just like Ninja tools in the Iga Ninjutsu museum.

There are official Togakushi village journals in Nagano Library.
The only description about Togakure Ninja was about the museum.
Togakure Ninja was officialy born when the museum was built.
There's no Togakure Ninja in historical records.
Of course some Nagano related historical records like about Takeda or Hojo mentioned Ninja(Suppa, Shinobi) but no "Togakure"
That is different from Iga/Koka.

However, to boost tourism economy, Togakushi is promoting the fictional Ninja as real.
That is a bad part of Japanese, economy is priority.

【2017/09/23 07:16 】 | Togakure | 有り難いご意見(0)



【2017/09/22 14:51 】 | 戸隠流 | 有り難いご意見(0)
The Watanabe Documents

The Watanabe Documents(150 pages) was discovered in 2000. Koka city has researched the documents since last year and they released some info.

According to Sankei's report, the documents contain exprosive's recipe, instructions for Musket and horseback riding, and some occult arts.

During Edo period, they were hired as "Oshinobi-yaku" by Owari Tokugawa clan.
"Oshinobi-yaku" was like part time job, they were called only needed.
Otherwise, they were living as common farmer.

Nikkei's report says, Oshinobi-yaku was secret contract.
They found 10 written pledges of keeping it secret from family and friends between 1700 ~ 1829.

It seems the Ninjutsu documents were only 17 pages(include the pledges?) 
Koka city is going to publish the documents.

【2017/05/20 12:49 】 | Ninja History | 有り難いご意見(0)
非常勤の“在宅忍者”は勉強熱心だった のろしや鉄砲、火薬の技術も詳細に記載…甲賀の忍術を記した「渡辺家文書」
2017.4.30 21:04


【2017/05/20 11:59 】 | 歴史の中の忍者 | 有り難いご意見(1)
A Special Exhibition "The NINJA - who were they?"

【2016/07/08 10:59 】 | Ninjers | 有り難いご意見(0)
朝鮮宮廷の真髄は、王が時折、威風堂々とソウルの街を通って視察や御陵に渡御する行事で見られた。朝早くから兵士たちが街を警備したが、このような軍隊は世界のどこにも見られない奇妙な姿をしていた。道に列を作っている歩兵は大半が地面に横たわって寝ており、人の数より多くの旗を持っていた。彼らの旧式銃は、鉄製の杵・引き金・金属板がないものが大半であり、あったとしても縄でそれらを縛っているだけだった。銃剣は曲がっており、錆が生じていた。 歩兵よりもさらに驚くべきは、騎兵隊であった。彼らは300年前のような古い制服を着ていたが、壊れた兜と槍、厚い皮のベストの上に青銅の飾りをした黒い革の鎧、そして虫に食われたような服などを着ていた。

原文は1894年に出版された Problems of the Far East: Japan - Korea - China という本で、作者はジョージ・ナサニエル・カーソン、

【2016/06/27 13:34 】 | 朝鮮史関連 | 有り難いご意見(0)
Korean military in 1894
This is my scrap booking for Korean martial arts research.

Problems of the Far East: Japan - Korea - China 1894
George Nathaniel Curzon

The true comicality, however, of the Korean by military, of a species unique in the world.
The infantry lined the roadway, and were for the most part lying asleep upon the ground.
They had almost as many flags as men; and their muskets, which I examined as they stood piled together, were commonly destitute either of hammer, trigger, or plate, sometimes of all three, and were frequently only held together by string ; while the bayonets were bent and rusty.

Infinitely more remarkable, however, were the cavalry. These were clad in uniforms probably some 300 years old, consisting of a battered helmet with a spike, and of a cuirass of black leather studded with brass bosses, and worn over a heavy jerkin of moth-eaten brocade.

Enormous jack-boots completed the costume, and rendered it difficult for the men to mount their steeds, even although these were rarely more than eleven hands high. Banners of yellow, red, and green, with a tuft of pheasant-feathers at the top, and stacks of arrows, were carried in front of the officers, who were with difficulty supported by squires upon their pyramidal saddles. The middle of the roadway was supposed to be kept clear, and was strewn with a riband of sand, about a foot and a half in breadth ; but this was trampled upon and scattered almost as soon as sprinkled.

Throughout the morning processions of ministers, courtiers, and officials passed along on their way to or from the Palace. The majority of these were borne by shouting retainers in open chairs, on the back of which rested a leopard-skin. In some cases the sedan was also supported by a single leg underneath, terminating in a wheel, which ran along the middle of the roadway, easing the burden and increasing the pace of the bearers in front and behind.
Some of the officials wore gilt helmets of pasteboard, with Chinese characters upon the back. The Chinese Resident, the principal personage in the city, as representing the suzerain power, dashed past in a black velvet sedan, swiftly borne by stalwart Celestials with red tassels.
Upon either side of the street the white-robed crowd were pressed back against the house-fronts, and were prodded by the soldiers with their muskets, or spanked by active runners, who laid about them liberally with long wooden paddles.
On the occasion of the previous procession the mob had been suffered to approach too nearly to the person of royalty ; and a notification had in consequence appeared in the Official Gazette, docking the Minister of War of three months' salary for his faulty arrangements.
【2016/06/27 12:58 】 | Uriginal Issue | 有り難いご意見(0)
Oniwaban Kawamura Nagataka

Quotes from this book

【2016/06/27 11:16 】 | Ninja History | 有り難いご意見(0)
Historical Ninja researcher Isoda Michifumi on Pod Cast



"This is an old Ninjutsu scroll sold in 8000 Yen. I thought Ninja chain maile was made with iron but this scroll says warp thread is hemp, weft thread is egg plant tree. This is strong enough to block sword and spear. I don't think it blocks spear but probably it prevents sword slashing."

"Ninja scroll usually contains 'no way' technics. For example this says put yam juice around your nose when you are in water then you can breathe. Or write Manji shape on your chest then you won't get drowned."

"Jingu Baseball Stadium (Shibuya) used to be residents for Koka-kumi. There was shooting range."
【2016/06/27 11:14 】 | Ninja History | 有り難いご意見(0)
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