The classes are conducted in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere with the emphasis on safety. This is because the techniques are real and have not been adapted for use as a sport. They must be practiced in a certain way or injury will result.
Realistic fight distancing is used at all times. Therefore, the speed at which technique exchanges occur must be appropriate for the level and ability of the participants; training dynamics must be mutually agreed on in advance by both Tori (person performing the technique) and Uke (person receiving the technique).
A Regular Training Session will generally incorporate some of the following:
- Junan Taiso (Conditioning / Flexibility Exercises)
- Ukemi injury prevention (Rolling / Falling / Evasion)
- Sanshin no kata or GoGyo no Kata
- Kihon Happo
- Kata (basic fighting scenarios from the different ryū-ha)
- Henka (fight variations)
- Bojutsu (stick fighting including Hanbo, Jo, Rokushakubo, Yari and Naginata / Bisento)
- Tantojutsu (Knife fighting)
- Kenjutsu (Sword fighting)
- Kusari-Fundojutsu (flexible weapons fighting)
All members train together when possible (rank and seniority bring more responsibility than privilege).