The name of Tsukahara Bokuden has been preserved in history as a sword saint. He was legendary for making training pilgrimages around Japan, teaching sword techniques.
Because of this, Bokuden Ryu schools with varying content exist around the country. Of these, the Bokuden Ryu handed down to the Matsushiro Han of modern-day Nagano Prefecture was a varied Bujutsu, combining Kenjutsu, Sojutsu, Jujutsu, etc.
Through the long years, this Bokuden Ryu was passed down to one martial artist, Kai Kuniyuki Taishin. He studied Karate from age 13, pressing on in pursuit of martial arts, and he continues to pursue various martial arts to this day with the belief that Budo is one.
A major characteristic of Bokuden Ryu is it’s emphasis on deriving cutting power from changing footwork.