Rensa Sankakubō of the Takaki-ryū

At the age of sixteen Takaki Umanosuke (1656–1746) was awarded gokui (deepest level of the art) by Takagi Oriuemon, the founder of the jūjutsu-style Takaki-ryū Taijutsu. Later Umanosuke learned the jūjutsu-style of Takenouchi-ryū Koshi-no-mawari (i.e. Kogusoku =  armoured grappling). From what he learned he called his own style of jūjutsu by the name of Takaki-ryū Taijutsu Koshi-no-mawari.

He devised a number of weapons such as the Rensa Sankakubō, a three-parted Bō connected by chains, which is basically the same design as found in the Sansetsukon of Okinawa and China.

Here are three examples of Kata (=applications) of the style.

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Takagi Oriuemon, the founder of the jūjutsu-style Takaki-ryū Taijutsu. Ukiyo-e 1848 by Utagawa Kunisada. The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University.

Takagi Oriuemon, the founder of the jūjutsu-style Takaki-ryū Taijutsu. Ukiyo-e 1848 by Utagawa Kunisada. The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University.

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