AKBAN is a Martial arts research institute that was founded in Israel and has dojos in Israel, Germany, Canada, Greece and soon, in Japan. Yossi Sheriff is the AKBAN Academy headmaster. Our veterans have decades of experience.

Extreme training regime is augmented by the conflict managment tools and unique power control techniques 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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    Third week of the AKBAN Blitz

    The sparring we do during the Blitz month are recorded in slo-mo video, edited and are sent to private WhatsApp accounts of every AKBAN practitioner. Every bout is debriefed, using the Methodical pyramid, and the conclusions are applied in the next session. Every week I video, edit and send more then 150 bouts.

    The “120” concluding event will take place in Wednesday, August the 30th, 18:00 in Tel Aviv. I will update on the exact place.

    Video of randori after 1.5 hours, Jerusalem dojo

    Weekend quote – Gingihan

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    The internet is defective, it has been broken for a long time and now, on many levels, it is plainly dangerous. learn to open a book and sit with it for several hours, learn to open your window and see what the weather is, learn to sharpen a pencil and write something that is not hyper-linked, learn to walk to a friend’s house and call him, walk with him, talk, and remember the whole thing without taking pictures, learn to listen again to people, learn to be silent.

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    From Wasifat Salata

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    20 minutes of Q&A added, can you guess why?

    Till 2016, practitioners in Akban sparred for the whole length of the session in August, it’s called the blitz month. This year I added 20+ minutes of chaotic kata to get into ‘mindless mindfulness’ at the randori.

    We always video all the sparring sessions, slo-mo the clips and send them individually to each practitioner so that I can debrief the techniques. I now see the results of the efforts we made over the last three months, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

    Video excerpt of randori debriefing clip

    2017 Blitz, definitive preparations

    Every August according to tradition in AKBAN we conduct sparring for most of the duration of the practice sessions. This is one tough month that necessitates top fitness, technique and ego control.

    This week we will conclude a great training cycle in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo and in Tuesday will start the 2017 Blitz.

    Godspeed!

    Video of AKBAN Blitz randori

    36 degrees Celsius in dojo, that’s 97 Fahrenheit, what happens now?

    Hundreds and thousands of punches later, in extreme heat and humidity, and we changed something fundamental in the way we conduct kata training in AKBAN.

    The way I learned it, from my teacher Doron Navon, is that when practicing the pre-determined drills of our tradition, the kata, the Uke and the Tori decide what kata, what mutual drill is to be done and practice it.

    Two things about this practice bothered me: when practicing one drill at a time there is no element of surprise and another is that in the regular way we did kata there was rarely any impact, no feeling of punching.

    If, while preparing our slow advance in the methodical pyramid, we neglect to practice in a combat situation that is more and more chaotic, we then arrive at the chaotic sparring practice (Randori) or even a real skirmish (Takakai) with no inner abilities to use our form in the random reality that is a fight.

    The ‘Impact Q&A’ we have been learning through ‘Mindless mindfulness’ changed all that, we now have a superior practice tool that will reconstitute our ancient tradition and breath new life into the patterns of our art.

    When all this happens in the Israeli hot and humid summer it poses some new challenges. I have shortened some sessions, especially in Tel Aviv, to lower the risk of a heatstroke.

    This week we will integrate sabaki and kicks. Please bring water and punching equipment.

    Video of Ninjutsu legwork

    This is why skirts are better for men, especially in Israeli summer

    What disappeared from our culture and most martial arts, and what we are desperately trying to save in our dojos, is the connection to nature.

    Nature begins with being outside, walking outside.

    Many activities have become a gym activities, boxed existence. In ancient Japanese budo, pupils used to walk for days just to reach a teacher. The necessity of moving on foot, to this day, for many people. Walking outside is a part of the human heritage that is becoming a novelty. Just as we preserve ancient martial traditions we should preserve this outside backdrop. The outside was once ingrained in our lives and so taken for granted, now we make the effort, even if it is on a hot summer day. So on many levels, just being outside, moving outside, without vehicles should be top priority because of mental health, physical health, martial abilities and ethics of mutual interdependence. So on many levels, just being outside, moving outside, without vehicles, or air condition, should be top priority because of mental health, physical health, martial abilities and ethics of mutual interdependence.

    I will give a name for this treatment, I call it: “Respect”. Respect like this is the un-necessary, the un-reasonable, the un-expected respect and thus – a rare commodity.

    Usually respect is directed to another human being as an expression of hierarchy and that person’s social status. But there is another form of respect. In the old school regime, respect is expressed also to a technique, an object, to a way of life. Through the observation and the action one can practice respect to movement, to someone, to something.

    This week we will be training outside on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem groups. Hakama, battle skirt is only needed on the weapon classes. On other sessions, please bring punching equipment, water and extreme fitness.

    Video of sword randori, July 14th, 2017

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