"Samurai Fighting Arts" by Fumon Tanaka

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  1. Nobufusa

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    I recently bought this book, and on the inside of the back cover it states that

    Fumon Tanaka Sensei holds multiple titles, including Soke of several recognized Koryu

    The list of his "titles and licenses" includes
    Koden Enshin Ryu kumiuchi kenden 11th soke
    Kukishin Ryu bujutsu 19th soke
    Honmon ENshin Ryu iai suemonogiri kenpo 4th soke

    this list also includes
    KOGA RYU NINJUTSU
    and
    IGA RYU NINPO

    Now, I thought Ninjutsu is not formally recognized? Who gave Fumon Tanaka an unbroken lineage in Koga Ryu ninjutsu and Iga Ryu Ninpo?

    I was told that no claimed Ninjutsu lineage has any formal recognition, and none have been verified. So why is a recognized Koryu teacher claiming Iga Ryu and Koga Ryu Ninjutsu?
     
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    Yeah.... Tanaka is a somewhat controversial figure... a lot of embellishment in his claims, bought rank/titles, and more... honestly, this is a whole thing, and the idea of "a recognised Koryu teacher" itself is not necessarily what you're making it out to be....

    To put it simply, should you decide to sell the book down the track, it would be highly doubtful any koryu practictioners would be interested in it, for a range of reasons relating to both the content and the author...
     
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    I wish I knew that before I bought it, thanks lol.
     
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    I was about to say 'not so fast Chris, I got a copy.. I keep it next to my Kaufman Gorin no sho'. Then I realised the Tanaka book I have is the 'Musashi' one. Hilarious.

    He also lists 'Knight of the Eagle Cross' or some such and 'Count of Solferino, Italy' under the dust jacket list of 'Budo Ranks/Titles'. What a G.
     
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    And... have you performed any of the Shinto Ryu exorcism rituals over these tomes.....? If not.... would you? Please? Ha!

    Oh, yeah, he's the absolute pinnacle of, you know, bizarre titles... not the king of meaningless accolades, though.... I'll tell you about him next time I'm in Perth.... he's actually a former junior of mine that is now a "Dai-Shihan".... and that's only the start of it....123
     

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