AKBAN is a traditional MMA school that was founded in Israel and has dojos in Israel and other countries around the globe. Yossi Sheriff is the AKBAN Academy headmaster and our veterans have decades of experience.

Our extreme training regime is augmented by the conflict managment tools and unique power control techniqes of DETANT.

We train the way we like by absorbing ourselves in Japanese Ninjutsu techniques while fearlessly researching. We don’t care about politics, political values, belt systems or Mc-dojos – what matters to us is dojo time, heart and earth, that’s it: One principle – No shortcuts.

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    This site is a part of our Slow web philosophy. In it you will find more than 7000 pages of techniques and videos and also our gradual fitness routines – take your time, return to reread or mail us (akban [at ] akban.org) for research oriented issues. Scroll down, and on this page you can read the last week’s sessions, because that’s what we focus on – plain old practice.

    We are The AKBAN academy, we preserve ancient knowledge of fighting, awareness and desert navigation by practicing it. on our list of publications is research in conflict methodology and analysis of traditional and modern fighting techniques. Our think tank resulted in unique research and was the cornerstone of the DETANT organisation for public sector conflict resolution.

    Sparring is in each and every lesson and so are yearly seminars with some of the world’s best teachers in Boxing, BJJ, Muai Thai, European martial arts and more. On our dojos are only 300 practitioners each year, and they take at least 12 years before a black belt. So, since 1986, we graduated only 100 black belts.

    This site is our dedication to what we love: the warrior culture, and all this is free, our respect to you.

    The Academy’s headquarters is situated in Tel Aviv, and another office is in Jerusalem. We have graduate instructors all over Israel, working in small, sparring oriented, dojos. Our recent dojo addition is in Toronto, Canada.

    It is not easy to say what makes the Akban community so robust; is it the Israeli situation, the top notch fitness? Who knows? We believe part of it is the special kind of students who choose training with us, students that get involved in incredible achievements and continue training for a lifetime. As we said, we are not sure, but we love the atmosphere, you can catch the scent of it in many of the images in our galleries or come train with us. Tel Aviv is a fun city.

    There are never guarantees that we’ll make a warrior from every new student, the only guarantee is that whatever we do, we do it with our extensive knowledge, our heart, taking no shortcuts, the way we see it.

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    Fourth week of the August Blitz, 21-25.8.2016

    It’s the fourth week of this Blitz and I have nothing to add except: “keep going”. It’s good to continue to be careful, like we did so far, and keep pushing forward, so push forward.

    The improvement in technical abilities is clear to see and this intensive month will give results for years to come.

    It’s tough to practice in August, but, like Hizki says, “Tough is good”.

    I am adding five (5) videos to this post that are relevant to our no-gi work. There is always more to learn. Learning is good.


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    Weekend quote – Carlo M. Cipolla

    1st quote

    Our daily life is mostly made of cases in which we lose money and/or time and/or energy and/or appetite, cheerfulness and good health because of the improbable action of some preposterous creature who has nothing to gain and indeed gains nothing from causing us embarrassment, difficulties or harm.

    Nobody knows, understands or can possibly explain why that preposterous creature does what he does. In fact there is no explanation — or better, there is only one explanation: the person in question is stupid.

    2nd quote

    from The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

    Third week of the 2016 Blitz, 14-19.8.2016

    Last week was tough with hot days and long sparring sessions. Alongside this activity we started testing for belts below Shodan. Many of the tests were very good and this made me happy.

    Twelve participants successfully passed the first phase of another emotional regulation Detant workshop last Friday.

    This week, the third week of the 2016 Blitz, we will continue to do Randori over most of the time. These bouts will be videoed and debriefed.

    In such a long and rough month it is imperative that we maintain a awareness and professionalism so can get in one piece to the last session of the training year – the 120!

    26 Years ago

    2nd Blitz week and DETANT seminar, 7-12.8.2016

    This Friday, 12.8.2016, 10:00-12:00 we will have another DETANT workshop. This workshop is open to trainees who need to pass the 1st phase. Just a reminder, finishing the complete DETANT workshop will be mandatory for all grades above Black belt in AKBAN academy.

    The tickets for the DETANT workshop will be online in Tuesday and will be delivered in the WhatsApp groups and in Facebook. As usual, the number of tickets available is limited and registration closes in minutes. Not to worry, till January 2017 we will initiate two thirds of the Israeli, German and Greek veterans.

    In the dojo, we are continuing the Blitz month with non-stop randori – this week we start video debriefing. Every partner gets an excerpt slow-mo video from his randori plus a written debriefing form we all must fill and send. The correspondence will be in WhatsApp. If you still use homing pigeons, we are preparing accordingly.

    Weekend quote – Nir Malchi

    1st quote

    I think he didn’t stop in time. He took the Ninjutsu, which is not the best practice there is, and turned it into something very beautiful. I learned from his teachers, Masaaki Hatsumi and especially Tanemura – what Doron did from this here was, to my opinion, much better then the original, really, on a different, higher level.

    2nd quote

    From Martial arts conversation with Nir Malchi – Omer Berkman
    מתוך ״אומנות הלחימה – שיחות עם מאסטר ניר מלחי״ עומר ברקמן

    Doron Navon

    First week of the AKBAN Blitz, 31.7-4.8.2016

    The Blitz month opens this week. The Jerusalem groups spar on Sundays and Wednesdays, the Tel Aviv and Ramat hasharon groups spar at Tuesdays and Thursdays. All groups can come to sessions on different dojos.

    The randori is videoed, edited into slow-motion and sent, accompanied by a Debriefing form, to your personal whatsapp or mailbox.

    Weekend quote – Steve Cole

    1st quote

    “What this study tells us is that doing good and feeling good have very different effects on the human genome, even though they generate similar levels of positive emotion,” he said. “Apparently,
    the human genome is much more sensitive to different ways of achieving happiness than are conscious minds.” (1)

    “In effect, according to Cole, the stress reaction requires “mortgaging our long-term health in favor of our short-term survival.” Our bodies, he concluded, are “programmed to turn misery into death.” (2)

    “The IL6 gene controls immune responses but can also serve as ‘fertilizer’ for cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer,” said Cole, who is also a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA’s Molecular Biology Institute. “Our studies were able to trace a biochemical pathway through which adverse life circumstances — fight-or-flight stress responses — can activate the IL6 gene. (3)

    “Adverse social conditions can become embedded within the basal transcriptome of primate immune cells within the first 4 mo of life, and they implicate sympathetic nervous system-linked transcription control pathways as candidate mediators of those effects and potential targets for health-protective intervention. ” (4)

    “Gating of depression-related mortality risk by IL6 genotype pertained only to inflammation-related causes of death and was associated with increased chronic inflammation as indexed by plasma C-reactive protein. Computational modeling of molecular interactions, in vitro biochemical analyses, in vivo animal modeling, and human molecular epidemiologic analyses thus converge in identifying β-adrenergic activation of GATA1 as a molecular pathway by which social adversity can alter human health risk selectively depending on individual genetic status at the IL6 locus. ” (5)

    2nd quote

    (1) Be happy: Your genes may thank you for it, Mark Wheeler, UCLA news, July 29, 2013
    (2) A Better Kind of Happiness, By Will Storr, The new Yorker July 2016
    (3) UCLA study finds genetic link between misery and death, Mark Wheeler, UCLA news, February 24, 2010
    (3) Genetic link between misery and death discovered; novel strategy probes ‘genetic haystack’, Science Daily, February 2010
    (4) Transcriptional modulation of the developing immune system by early life social adversity, PNAS December 11, 2012 vol. 109 no. 50 20578-20583
    (5) Computational identification of gene–social environment interaction at the human IL6 locus, PNAS March 23, 2010 vol. 107 no. 12 5681-5686

    Sessions this week, starting the exams, 24-29.7.2016

    During this week we will start the exams and continue to schedule exam dates until the middle of August.

    In the regular groups we will work with throws from the advanced tests and build fitness and techniques for the Blitz month.

    This Friday we will have one last practice session focusing on belt exams syllabus. Here’s the link to the event on facebook.

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