New students learn proper reigi (protocol), including bowing in, addressing instructors and students, bowing out, entering the school, etc., all of which is formal in the Japanese style.
In the dojo, we practice punches, kicks, blocks, weapon retention and disarms, knife, and impact weapons, focusing on the walking cane (see Canemasters.com).
We begin firearms training with auto-pistols. Soke recommends three- a quality 1911, a Glock, or the S&W M&P; any defensive caliber is allowed. An open-top Kydex holster and mag pouch is recommended and normal range equipment of eye and ear protection. A red or blue red training gun of the same model as the pistol is required.
Range training begins with basics- stance (Weaver), grip, sight alignment, trigger control, etc. As students advance, they train in revolvers, shotguns, carbines, sub-machineguns, and precision rifles, along with advanced karate and Jujitsu techniques.
No prior formal martial arts training is needed, but it is very helpful. After the introductory seminar, students who continue to train need a black, heavyweight traditional karate gi with school patch. Current martial arts students are allowed to wear an obi (belt) reflecting their current rank.