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There are many similarities between the 2 schools. Directionally speaking the Koto Ryu is straighter in and the Gyokko Ryu revolves more on a circular basis either in yourself or in your opponent when taking their balance.
The Koto Ryu techniques use short distancing between the two opponents, the Gyokko Ryu uses greater distance. The Koto Ryu techniques are shorter, quick, and straight to the point; the Gyokko Ryu has longer more complicated techniques, and the techniques have more movement.
The Koto Ryu concentrates more on striking, and the Gyokko Ryu more on locks and throws.
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
If both schools are studied completely, the student will know koppojutsy forms of fighting, including distance, striking, throws, and locks. Both schools compliment each other and to study only one is to know only half of one of the two schools.
Attacks to the face, in addition to metsubushi, are common in the techniques of the school. Okuden, and Hekito are the highest levels of training with the school, and contain the secret teachings.
The Hekito is kopppojutsu combat against sword, but a skilled member of the school can also do the Hekito with sword against sword. Two of them have the name of the scroll partially clear and listed as such Koto Ryu Koppojutsu…… 2.
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu –
Koppojutsu …… The rest is unclear. Yoko Aruki cross steppingand Toki stamping on toes. Short distancing, and striking hard.
Always making the eyes appear blank, so that no telepathic movement can be detected by the opponent Looking at the eyebrows of the opponent rather than their eyes. The Koto Ryu also contains kuji prayer forms and they are called Sanpo Gassho 3 treasures.
These same kuji also appear in the Gyokko Ryu. They are listed as the Gassho Kuji Kiri nine symbol slashes prayers.
Kongo — Cloud prayer 2. Suirin — Water ring prayer 3.
Kaku Gassho — Fire and winds prayer. Some of the differences between Koto Ryu and Gyokko ryu are as follows: The Koto Ryu is broken down into five levels which are as follows: Two of them have the name of the scroll partially clear and listed as ,oto Typical movement within the Koto Ryu is: The Koto Ryu has a unique form of Kenjutsu Swordsmanship.
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