The Hokutoryu syllabus is divided into student (kyu) and master (dan) grades. Student grades are; white, yellow, orange, green, blue and brown belts (6th - 1st kyu).
Master grades are black belt degrees (1st - 10th dan). 6th - 8th degree (dan) black belts are allowed to use a red-white belt and 9th - 10th degree (dan) black belts are allowed to use a red belt.
Hokutoryu competition is a full contact fight. All tecniques from standing positions to ground tecniques are allowed. Only punches to the head are not allowed (because there are no gloves).
Hokutoryu ju-jutsu is a discipline where the intention of a fighter is to use powerful ATEMI-techniques to either knock the opponent out or weaken his defence so that he can be thrown or swept down and with a SHIME- or a KANSETSU WAZA – technique held in a position where he cannot defend himself or immediately continue fighting.
Hokutoryu fighting follows the so called one efficient technique principle according to which the fighter who manages to knock his opponent down by using a legal ATEMI or makes his opponent defenceless and unable to continue the fight by a SHIME WAZA or KANSETSU WAZA technique, shall be declared the winner of the bout. The bout can also be won via abandonment (KIKEN) if a fighter gives up or fails to continue fighting.