The curriculum is based on conveying the Bushinkai Method of self defence through a system of Karate/Jujutsu/Kobudo called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu (HKTJ).
HKTJ begins at white belt level much the same as any traditional Karate system with basic stances, punches, kicks and blocks, but very soon students are introduced to self defence and grappling techniques.
HKTJ includes many grappling, locking and controlling techniques that can be found in arts like Judo, Jujutsu, Wing Chun and Aikido but the difference is that each and every throw and lock is taught in the context of Toshu Jutsu and related to the premises of its kata.
HKTJ includes not only Budo techniques but skills from Bujutsu such as Hakuda, Yawara, Toshu Jutsu, Tuite, Kosshi Jutsu, Koppo and Aikijutsu.
Kata (Quan) forms follow a typical Shorin Ryu/ Shoto Ryu pattern, begin with the Pinan forms (Heian 1-5) before learning Naihanchi (Tekki), the Naha Te form Gekisai (Fukyugata) and then the most important Shorin form Bassai. Students then learn a variety of advanced forms including Wansu (Empi), Niseishi (Nijushiho), Wankan, Seishan and Kushanku (Kanku Dai).
The forms themselves are not taught as dances. They are taught as mneumonic (memory aid) devices which act as a living database of techniques. Each kata is examined (bunkai) and applications (oyo) are taught which result in throws, locks, pressure points etc in response to habitual acts of physical violence.
The forms may also be performed with one or more of the major Emono Jutsu weapons including Jo, Bo, Nunchaku, Sai, Tonfa and Dao. As the syllabus progresses students are also introduced to the Chinese sword (Jian) and the Japanese sword (katana). All weapons are taught functionally.
By the time the student reaches black belt they have an excellent repertoire of techniques, self defence, weapons, kata and flow drills (which aid memory and responses). After black belt as the student progresses through the Dan grades they may receives makimono (scrolls) for expertise in more particular areas of the Bushin Ryu