Many of you do not know who Jinichi Kawakami is, so I thought that I would place it here on my blog so that you can get some information on this gentleman. Jinichi Kawakami, head of Banke Shinobinoden claims to be the last sōke and only heir to authentic ninjutsu. He says he is the 21st head of the Koga Ban family (Iga and Koga Ninjutsu) and is the honorary director of the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum.
Kawakami boasts no ninja bloodline of his own, but says he learned his art as a boy from a man named Masado Ishida, a medicine peddler claiming to be one of the last remaining ninjutsu practitioners alive. According to a Japan Times journalist, “Kawakami has something most other ninja claimants do not — an earnest combination of humility and scholarship. Not to mention some highly polished martial arts skills of his own.”
Kawakami’s top student, Yasushi Kiyomoto, is the only one teaching from the Banke Shinobinoden group. Kiyomoto operates a dojo in Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, but he no longer takes on new students. There are also no branches, contact points and instructors overseas.
Just thought that this information could be good to all of you, I will you all well.
Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo!
Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo