Takamatsu was born on the 23th year of theMeiji era (10.3.1887.), in Akashi, the Hyogo province. The Takamatsu familyoriginates from Matsugashima in Isa. During one period of history of the family,Takamatsu was a Daimyo of the territory, with his own Hosokubi castle. Oneof their ancestors was Takamatsu Masatoshi. The family was also conected withthe Amsuta temple. Fujiwara Toshihiro gave to the Takamatsu family makimonoscript 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 Sokeof the martial system known as Shindenfudo Ryu. Toda was the 8th generationof Tozawa Ryu Taro and was a descendant of Tozawa Hakuunsai, the originalfounder of Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu (chapter 2). Toda had a samurai rank andhad his origins from Iga province. Some members of the Takamatsu family camefrom Takao, the mountain part of Iga province. Takamatsu said that he thinksthat only a small part of his family studied Ninjutsu. Toda also taught ShindenKoto Ryu Karate (the name later changed to Koto Ryu Koppojutsu), Gyokko RyuKosshijutsu, Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo, Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo and Togakure Ryu NinpoTaijutsu. Toda was, besides that, a senior instructor in Bikenshin Ryu Kenjutsu,the school taught by Tokugawa shoguns which he taught in the military academyin Nakano.
After he learned Shindenfudo Ryu, Toda taught him Koto Ryu and then, TogakureRyu. In that time Toda was writing a book of military strategy and was calledto teach in the Imperial military school. Later Toda and Takamatsu togetherpublished a military manual (there is still no evidence that it was recovered),and the army accepted those technics to their system.