About Hoshiyama-Ryu Jujitsu
The Hoshiyama-Ryu jujitsu style has its origins in the very old methods taught by Minamoto who lived from 1051c to 1127 who was the founder of Takeda Ryu and the Yoshin Ryu school founded by Yoshitroki Shirobei Akayama around 1723 this is an old samurai battlefield combative system.
The current head of the system is Kazuo Hoshiyama whos grandfather Iwamatsu Hoshiyama was awarded “Hanshi Judan” (10th Dan) by the Dai Nippon Butokukai (circ 1900). He learned the family Jujitsu from his father Yoshimatsu Hoshiyama who in turned learned the family Jujitsu from his father who was a well versed in the samurai arts. The family art goes back centuries through the family linage. The style was never taught outside the family up until today. This unpolluted style is now being taught openly for its preservation. Hoshiyam-Ryu Jujitsu style is known for its ruthless efficiency, while the techniques on the outside look effortless in comparison to the more modern (Gendai budo) styles.
One must remember that the style was practised and developed in a time of constant conflict and warfare in feudal Japan, when you either lived or died on the field of battle. This style of jujitsu has not changed at all in comparison to the more Gendai budo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gendai_bud%C5%8D ) since the Meiji restoration.
The changes in the vast majority of jujitsu style after the restoration lost or removed the lethal techniques of the battlefield methods. This is highlighted by the change in focus more on the spiritual development rather than the preservation of one’s life and the destruction of the enemy.
Softness changes to an efficiency of movement