Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Tendon Adjustment Method of the Samurai
Kenbiki is a therapeutic technique that was founded and developed in Japan, sharing roots with Yagyu-Shingan-Ryu Jujutsu. It was developed as a means to treat injuries resulting from martial arts training, especially muscle and tendon injuries from striking, grappling, or being thrown. The method aims to improve blood circulation through determining which tendons (ken) are distorted, and then pulling, or plucking (biki) them back into place to correct the distortion. The entire procedure takes about 5-10 minutes, and is meant to yield quick results, not requiring consecutive treatments unless for a chronic problem. It is not a gentle technique, and can be a little bit uncomfortable during the procedure, but the results are worth it.
This practice was almost extinct until Oguchi Sensei worked very hard in Japan to revive the art that his master had taught him. He founded an international organization headed in Japan called the Kinseiryuhou through which he teaches and develops Koshiki Kenbiki, applying modern findings to help adapt the profound practice to our day and age.