Jinichi Kawakami Sensei is the 21st Head of the Koka Ban Family. He not only carries on the Koka tradition but the Iga, Konan and Tanba traditions of Ninjutsu. Jinichi Kawakami was taught Ninjutsu and Bujutsu from the age of six. He was taught by the 20th Head of the Koka Ban Family, Masazo Ishida. He inherited all of Masazo Ishida's teachings and became the 21st Head of the Koka Ban Family himself. Masazo Ishida's lineage traced back to 3 of the 53 Koka Ninja Families including the Ban Family, the Ishida Family and the Kimura Family. Masazo Ishida's grandfather also had a school in Kyoto.
Since he was six years old, he was trained to dislocate certain parts of his body, for instance his shoulders. He did this so that he could fit into incredibly small places, and also to escape joint-locks while fighting. Even being over sixty-years of age now he can still do this. He can raise his testicles up into his abdomen to avoid being hit in the groin while fighting. He can walk on the tops of his feet in a very awkward and strange fashion. He has conditioned his body to be like a piece of steel and has scarred and gnarled knuckles from punching steel with them. He has gone through extreme fasting and put his body through all types of training and punishment. He is also an expert in psychology, explosives and poisons. He can recite the history and lineage of the Japanese martial arts like he was a text book. All of these things take time to learn...and some of it is physically impossible unless you have trained since you were a child.
Here is some of the latest news on this amazing man and martial artist:
Ninja: Shadow Warriors documentary trailer from the Smithsonian Channel featuring Jinichi Kawakami Sensei and Yasushi Kiyomoto Sensei: