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Takamatsu was born on the 23th year of the Meiji era (10.3.1887.), in Akashi, the Hyogo province. The Takamatsu family originates from Matsugashima in Isa. During one period of history of the family, Takamatsu was a Daimyo of the territory, with his own Hosokubi castle. One of their ancestors was Takamatsu Masatoshi. The family was also conected with the Amsuta temple. Fujiwara Toshihiro gave to the Takamatsu family makimono script called Amatsu Tatara which he guarded in the temple.

His grandfather, Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu, had a clinic for bones and a Budo Dojo in Kobe. In that Dojo he was a Soke of the martial system known as Shindenfudo Ryu. Toda was the 8th generation of Tozawa Ryu Taro and was a descendant of Tozawa Hakuunsai, the original founder of Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu (chapter 2). Toda had a samurai rank and had his origins from Iga province. Some members of the Takamatsu family came from Takao, the mountain part of Iga province. Takamatsu said that he thinks that only a small part of his family studied Ninjutsu. Toda also taught Shinden Koto Ryu Karate (the name later changed to Koto Ryu Koppojutsu), Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu, Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo, Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo and Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu. Toda was, besides that, a senior instructor in Bikenshin Ryu Kenjutsu, the school taught by Tokugawa shoguns which he taught in the military academy in Nakano.
After he learned Shindenfudo Ryu, Toda taught him Koto Ryu and then, Togakure Ryu. In that time Toda was writing a book of military strategy and was called to teach in the Imperial military school. Later Toda and Takamatsu together published a military manual (there is still no evidence that it was recovered), and the army accepted those technics to their system.