The taijutsu of Kumogakure Ryu is very similar to Togakure Ryu.  The Kumogakure Ryu may have been created by the Toda family (also of Togkakure Ryu) in the 1600's, as a ninjutsu school of thought- centering it's techniques on the non-violent side of Ninpo.  (The Togakure Ryu teaches that violence is to be avoided).

        The ninja of Kumogakure Ryu went into combat wearing armored sleeves to protect themselves.  Another interesting feature of the ryu was the Demon Mask, sometimes worn by members of the system.  Kikaku-ken (Demon Horn Fist, or head butt) gives rise to another theory of the Demon Mask. One of the special weapons of the style is the kamayari, or hooked spear.   Used in combat against swordsmen, the hooks were used to parry and trap the incoming blades.  It was also used to hook opponents from above.   The Kumogakure Ryu densho mentions a ninja named Sarutobi Sasuke, who used the kamayari when leaping from tree to tree, hooking it onto the branches.

 

        Another Kumogakure Ryu speciality involved survival training, and being able to light fires under all conditions.

        Iga Heinaizaemon had a son, Kami Hattori Heitaro Koreyuki, who was the ancestor of Hattori Hanzo, the famous ninja.

 

 

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Soke of Kumogakure Ryu

Iga Heinaizaemon no jo Ienaga     Tenmon Era  (1532-1554)

Toda Sagenta Nobufusa

Toda Gohei Nobunaga

Toda Noriyoshi

Toda Seiryu Nobutsuna                  Kwanyei Era  (1624-1644)

Toda Fudo Nobuchika                    Manji Era  (1658-1681)

Toda Kangoro Nobuyasu                Tenna Era  (1681-1704)

Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa               Hoyei Era  (1704-1711)

Toda Shingoro Masayoshi              Gembun Era  (1736-1764)

Toda Daigoro Chikahide              Meiwa Era  (1764-1804)

Toda Daisaburo Chikashige         Bunkwa Era  (1804-1818)

Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu        b. 1824 - d. 1909

Takamatsu Toshitsugu                  b. 1887 - d. 1972

Hatsumi Masaaki                         b. 1931 -