Introduction to shuriken and a short History of the

Negishi Ryu Shuriken

There are two basic types of shuriken, bo shuriken, or long thin blades, and hira shuriken also called shaken , or flat, star-shaped or lozenge-shaped blades. The basic method of throwing of the shuriken varies little between schools, the main differences being the shape of the blades and their use. The earliest mention of throwing blades comes from Ganritsu Ryu, founded by Matsubayashi Henyasai, a professional swordsman in service of the 18th lord of Matsuhiro in Kanei, around 1624. This...