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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Koga ryu history

Kōga-ryū (甲賀流, literally “the Kōka School” and originally pronounced Kōka-ryū) is a school of ninjutsu. It is one of the most well-known schools of ninjutsu, along with Iga-ryū. It originated from the town of Kōka, modern Kōka City in Shiga Prefecture. This school of ninjutsu specializes in the use of guerrilla warfare tactics and the use of chemicals, a vestige of which can be seen in the many pharmaceutical companies in modern Kōka City.

Koga Ryu Ninjutsu was founded by 53 families during the 10th Century, probably under the Tenkyo period (938-946). Mochizuki Saburo Kameie was given an area of land called Kogagun in virtue of his performance in the battle against Taira No Masakado. He changed his name to Koga Oni No Kami Kameie. However, it was his son Oni No Kami Iechika who studied Genjutsu under Tatsumaki Hoshi and was the founder of Koga Ryu. The families with the most important in Koga Ryu were Koga, Mochizuki, Ugai, Naikii, Akutagawa, Ueno, Ban and Nagano.