Xavier Duval started Nihon Tai Jitsu in France in 1998 with Thierry Durand (6th Dan, Seibukan Academy/FMNITAI) and Max Lormeteau (9th Dan, Seibukan Academy/FMNITAI). He trained with many masters from Nihon Tai Jitsu as well as other martial arts (Hapkido, Kali, Aikido, etc.) and had the opportunity to travel to many countries to practice, including Japan and South Korea.

After arriving in Hong Kong in 2008, Xavier officially started teaching Nihon Tai Jitsu there in 2012. He also gives regular seminars abroad.

Xavier started learning Aunkai from Akuzawa sensei in 2010 and has received a Menkyo Kyoshi from him (teaching licence).

Ranks & certifications
– Official representative of the FMNITAI in China
– 5th Dan Nihon Jujutsu, Renshi – Seibukan Academy, Kyoto
– 4th Dan Nihon Tai Jitsu – Seibukan Academy, Kyoto / FMNITAI
– Kyoshi, Aunkai
– 2nd Dan Kishinkai Aikido
– 1st Dan Hapkido/Hankido – International HKD Federation (IHF), Seoul

Interview published on Paresse Martiale (English)
Article published in Trait d’Union (French)

Hugh Stanley started martial arts at the Seishin Tanren dojo in 2012. After 6 years of hard training and commitment in Nihon Tai Jitsu and Aunkai, he successfully passed his Shodan in October 2018.

Ranks & certifications
– 1st Dan Nihon Jujutsu – Seibukan Academy, Kyoto
– 1st Dan Nihon Tai Jitsu – FMNITAI