Though desiring to train with (mainly) other Yudansha level student's (such as ourselves), we've found that the majority of "Dan-level" students, aren't interested in (at least mutual) study.
We've maintained an open invitation to our fellow martial artists to mutually share, study and expand our own knowledge and abilities within the art of RyuTe®.
The most common question asked of us (regarding our classes), is what do we teach to our students? and What do our classes consist of ? Though seeming to be a rather ignorant sounding question, to someone who isn't familiar with what is taught in a (or any) martial arts class, it is a valid one.
We've had some complete their study sooner than the listed 4-5 yrs., and some even having taken longer to complete their training (to the level of Shodan). There is no way to (really) know how long it will take an individual to complete their study (to the level that they consider to be "complete"). I've been studying for 30+ years, and I'm still attempting to increase my own level of understanding, LOL.
There are numerous other details that are learned and practiced by our students as well. These include the Atemi and Kyusho aspects of study. It's these two branches of the striking/manipulation arts of Okinawa that are the RyuTe® claim to fame (being developed by Taika himself). Though not our main focus of study, they do seem to be the subject of greatest interest (by prospective students).
Our instruction of students is based upon the individual's interest. Anything beyond learning the basics of protecting one's self is considered to be "optional" instruction (non-mandatory). Our student's are encouraged to expand their study beyond the basics of self-defense.To qualify as being an "art" form, a practice must consist of more than simplistic motions used to accomplish a task. There has to be a task specific sequence of objectives, that are followed to accomplish that objective (and in a manor that is considered to be acceptable/correct). Our instruction of students (in RyuTe®), is designed to do just that.