The School of the Hidden Cloud

The taijutsu of Kumogakure-Ryū is very similar to that of Togakure-Ryū. Probably the Kumogakure-Ryū was founded by the Toda family.

The Kumogakure-Ryū Ninja went into battle in armored clothing. Another interesting thing is that a demon mask was sometimes worn in this Ryū. One of the Kumogakure-Ryū’s special weapons is the kama yari (hook spear). When fighting swordtails, hooks were used to deflect blows. However, the hooks were also used to kill enemies from above. In the densho of the Kumogakure-Ryū, a Ninja named Sarutobi Sasuke is mentioned as using the hook spear to move from tree to tree. Another specialty is survival training and the art of lighting fires in all situations.

There are probably many techniques that involve taking small steps because women wore the traditional kimono at the time.

Sōke of Kumogakure-Ryū

  1. Toda Sagenta Nobufusa
  2. Toda Gohei Nobunaga
  3. Toda Noriyoshi
  4. Toda Seiryu Nobutsuna
  5. Toda Fudo Nobuchika
  6. Toda Kangaro Nobuyasu
  7. Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa
  8. Toda Shinbei Masachika
  9. Toda Shingoro Masayoshi
  10. Toda Daigoro Chikahide
  11. Toda Daisaburo Chikashige
  12. Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu
  13. Takamatsu Toshitsugu
  14. Hatsumi Masaaki
Togakure Ryû Taijutsu no Kata: Bujinkan Budô Densho

Text: Stefan Imhoff