The official curriculum of Nihon Tai Jitsu includes a wide range of basic techniques and katas that are structuring the progression over the years. Some of these are studied from white belt when others are required for 4th Dan. The method is made to help the student understand the school and its principles bit by bit.
Nihon Tai Jitsu is composed of more than 350 techniques: atemis, throws, chokes, locks and sutemis. As a self-defense art, its goal is to enable the martial artist to answer any attack in an efficient and proportionate way.
Some of these techniques appear in the katas, photographies of the discipline.
There are 12 katas in Nihon Tai Jitsu, structured in 3 categories:
– Basic atemi katas, done alone and giving the basic training for learning the katas with partners
– Fundamental katas with partner
– Japanese katas (Nihon Ju Jutsu)
Fundamental katas and Japanese katas are all done with one (or two) partner. The list can be found below.
For Nihon Tai Jitsu:
– Nihon Tai Jitsu No Kata Shodan
– Nihon Tai Jitsu No Kata Nidan (with two partners)
– Nihon Tai Jitsu No Kata Sandan
– Nihon Tai Jitsu No Kata Yodan
– Nihon Tai Jitsu No Kata Godan
The three basic atemi katas, Nihon Tai Jitsu no Kata Shodan and Kihon Kata are required for the 1st dan. The other katas come later in the curriculum.
In addition to katas, these techniques form the specific part of NTJ. They aim to facilitate the learning by taking as a basis eight wrist grabs. This enables to learn a broad range of defenses applicable to other attacks.
The atemis serie is learnt from the beginning, followed by the locks serie and the throws serie. All of them are required for the 1st dan examination.