Kosho Ryu is an ancient art form founded in about 1245 AD by a monk named Bosatsu. Legend has it Bosatsu meditated under an old pine tree and discovered the meaning of true self defense. Self- defense with no body contact is the highest physical art. Kosho Ryu artists learn to move such that opponents cannot see, feel or hear them. By manipulating the attacker perception of their environment, they are able to control their movements, force and aggression.
Today the temple still stands strong in Japan as it did centuries ago. However, there is no practice of Kosho Ryu at the temple at present, as the monks spend their most of their time with their religious practices.
The most apparent reminder of the past is an old plaque found on the temple grounds dedicated to Bosatsu.