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    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.

    We train the way we like by absorbing ourselves in Japanese Bujinkan 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.

    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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    Weekend quote – Yehuda Warshavsky, Gute Gedanken

    1st quote

    The work went with a strict and thorough procedure that prevented accidents when, in the tiny and dark workshop, five blacksmiths were squeezed working on three anvils for 12 hours a day.

    An interesting ceremony, that repeated even in other workshops in Germany I visited, was the ceremony of quenching the steel.

    Every blacksmith was busy doing his work, and when he reached the time to quench the heated steel in oil the Maister himself would knock on the anvil and everybody, in unison, loudly proclaimed: “Good thoughts” (Gute Gedanken).

    2nd quote

    Reuven Anati, the Blacksmith

    מתוך טולבוקס, הבלוג של יהודה וורשבסקי
    תודה לעופר
    Image CC Flavio~

    Martial art sessions this week, 24-29.1.2016

    There is a possible forecast for snow next week in Jerusalem. If snow is predicted, please call (not SMS, only voice calls) the organisation phone to find out if the session takes place.
    Call 052-5108747

    This Friday, 29.1.2016, at 08:00 exactly, we will have a ground fighting lesson in Honbu dojo. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook.

    During the week we will emphasise the connection between upper body sabaki and rapid direction changes. We will also focus on closing distance for throws.

    Weekend quote – James Hollis

    1st quote

    The one question none of us can answer is: “Tell me, of what are you unconscious?”

    By definition, we do not know what we do not know. We do not know what may in fact be knowing us.

    Yet what we do not know about ourselves persists and subtly infiltrates our values and our choices.

    2nd quote

    From: “Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves”, James Hollis

    Sessions this week and Detant workshop, 17-22.1.2016

    This Friday, 22.1.2016, 08:00, at Honbu dojo, we will conduct a DETANT seminar (1st part) for conflict managment. The registration for this seminar is already closed and there are no available places left.

    A DETANT seminar necessitates active participation so I would like to ask all veterans to abstain from coming unless already registered.

    This DETANT seminar (1st part) is part of a series. When enough veterans will pass through these workshops, in few months time, we will start enrolling the 2nd part.

    This week, in all the dojos, we will hone Sabaki. Those that could train this week already have a lot of material to work with, but I suggest watching the seven (7) videos below to get a better grasp on applying AKBAN sabaki in various martial disciplines.



    Video of sabaki analysis, Dominick Cruz


    Video of Tsuki analysis, Dominick Cruz


    Video of Ido portal training Conor McGregor


    Video of Yoshinori Kono


    Video of Kuroda Tesuzan


    Video 2 of Kuroda Tesuzan


    Video of training for Dominick Cruz footwork

    Weekend quote – Everest consulting associates, Mathtech Inc., ORD/CIA Analytic Methodology Research Division

    1st quote A simple example of an attack/defense game will show the active principle. Suppose the attacker has a choice between two locations. Likewise, the defender can choose to defend either location (for illustrative purposes, the option of allocating some of his forces to each location is omitted). Success is defined as an attack against an undefended location. It is apparent from their construct that, Ceteris paribus, the attacker has a 50/50 chance of choosing an undefended location.

    But, what if the attacker could convince the defender that there were three possible locations for the attack? Here it follows that the success probability climbs to 2/3, and so forth, reaching unity as a mathematical limit when the number of threatened sites grows arbitrarily large.

    It is, of course, necessary that the options introduced be both individually and collectively credible to the victim.

    2nd quote
    From: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) research paper, “Deception Maxims: Fact and Folklore”, April 1980

    This week’s sessions in AKBAN, 10-15.1.2016

    This week we will have an ECR Japanese sword session in honbu dojo at 08:00, 15.1.2016.

    During the week we will continue with the arm locks flowchart, research applications of Sutemi waza against counter to seoe (two on one) and add Ganseki to this branch.

    Some time of each session will be devoted to advanced kicks.

    Video of Sutemi against Seoe resistance

    New year, but same old techniques, 3-8.1.2016

    This Friday, 8.1.2016, at 08:00 sharp, we will have a ECR session in Honbu Dojo emphasizing ground fighting.

    During the week we will go deeper into the flow chart of Seoe and learn responding with Sutemi Waza.

    Please do not forget your punching gloves.

    Video of part of the Seoe flow chart, a year ago

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