Takamatsu Den

O-Sensei – Takamatsu Toshitsugu

Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei was known as “Moko no Tora” (Mongolian Tiger) and he was born on March 10th 1887, in Akashi, Hyogo Province, Japan. It is said that the Takamatsu family came from Matsugashima, once owned Hosokiubi Castle in that region and were believed to be the Daimyo (Lord) there.

Takamatsu Sensei is considered to be the last full combat Ninja. Once in the Chinese mountains he was ambushed by a group of bandits. It was said that one of the bandits grabbed Takamatsu Sensei by the wrist but then suddenly screamed and it was only later that Takamatsu Sensei realised what he had done. He had in fact plucked out the bandit’s eye as an instinctive defence. It is said that Takamatsu then treated the bandit with first aid and and then promptly charged him for his services.