When students start, they begin at white belt and work their way up through 3 stages of belts, Junior, Intermediate and Senior belt ranks.
At each stage, they learn a variety of techniques practical for self-defence and are performed both individually, then later as part of a number of sequences. These are designed to develop the mind as well as the body. At each stage, new techniques are taught on either a one-to-one basis or within small groups of the same belt rank. On successful completion of the colour belts, students and instructors test for their 1st-degree black belt.