Takmatsu Toshitsugu (高松 寿嗣), born Takamatsu Hisatsugu on March 10th, 1889, began martial arts training at the age of 9 under the watchful eye of Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu. A short time later, he started learning from Mizuta Yoshitaro Tadafusa and Ishitani Matsutaro.
By the age of 21, he was Soke of nine ninjutsu and bujutsu schools! In his childhood he was called Jutaro, which he later changed to Toshitsugu. Throughout his life he was known by many other names: Chosui (Clear Water), Kikaku (Demonic Horn), Kotengu (Little Demon), Kotaro (Young Tiger) and, the most famous of all, Moko no Tora (Mongolian Tiger). At the end of 1910, at the age of 21, he left his home country of Japan for China where he remained for nine years.
During this time, had several deadly duels with various martial artists and bandits as he wandered through the regions of Inner Mongolia, Manchuria, Hebei, and Shandong Upon returning to Japan, he settled in the Nara region and continued his career as a martial artist. In 1958, a young Masaaki Hatsumi knocked on his door, hoping to become a student of the legendary warrior. The rest is history — which you will see unfold in our comics about this martial arts master!