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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    Sessions this week, 15-20.1.2017

    This week I will only teach in Jerusalem, Sunday, and Tel Aviv, Thursday.

    I will not be present at the other sessions because of the Detant seminar for rescue and emergency situations that will take place at Rescue-1. Experts and team leaders from Japan and Israel will participate and my Detant teaching duties will prevent regular teaching in AKBAN.

    AKBAN instructors will teach in my stead.

    At Friday, 08:00, I will teach Rokshaku Bo in Tel Aviv Honbu dojo.

    Weekend quote – Jōshū Jūshin

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    Every single step is a Dojo

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    From The Collected sayings of Zhaozhou Congshen. Translated to Hebrew in “Empty Handed I Returned Home, A selection from Zenrin-Kushū” by Eitan Bolokan and Dror Burstein
    מתוך אסופת דבריו של המורה ג׳אוג׳ו (ג׳ושו) תרגום לעברית מתוך ״בידיים ריקות שבתי הביתה – פסוקי זן״ איתן בולוקן ודרור בורשטיין

    Weekend quote – Jim Estill

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    Some tips from Jim Estill post for dealing with Conditions:

    1 – Compartmentalize. Often the Condition is high stress. Once you have done all you can do. Leave it. Do something to take your mind off it. Try to not let it spill into other compartments of your life.

    2 – Choose your reaction. Often the reaction chosen can hurt you even more than the condition. This is like the person who chooses to say “my life if ruined because…”. Why do they choose to let the Condition ruin their life. The more they assume they have no choice but to take the reaction they have the more helpless they are.

    3 – Count your blessings. Most Conditions are not as catastrophic as we imagine. As Mark Twain said “I have suffered from a lot of worries in my life – a few of which actually happened”. The grateful in this world are happier and more in control.

    4 – Help someone who is worse off than yourself. This helps with gratefulness. Focus on someone else.

    5 – Focus on making another part of your life better. Just because a Condition happened in one area does not mean you need it to poison all of life. Often you can build better in another area.

    6 – Be logical. Often by exaggerating what it really means, you can see that it is not as big of a deal as it feels like at the time. Sometimes a calm and insightful mentor can help this.

    7 – Break a sweat. I find there is nothing like a good workout to help me get perspective back. And there is no downside.

    8 – Control what you can. Even though the nature of Conditions is you cannot control them, there often are parts of it or other things you can control. Control gives hope and a part of us always like to be “doing something to fix it”.

    9 – Take a break. Often the weight of the condition colours our whole view on life. If you have already done what you can, take a break. Breaks rejuvenate. Figure out what rejuvenates you.

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    From the incomparable http://www.jimestill.com

    Winter seminar in AKBAN Athens and sessions this week

    This Friday I will be teaching in Athens, Greece, for the 2016 winter seminar. Due to the seminar there will be no Haka training in Honbu dojo Tel Aviv.

    The Winter Seminar in AKBAN Athens will go deep into applying traditional techniques and will focus on the versatile flexible weapons of the AKBAN Armory. The weekend seminar will conclude with Detant workshop for warriors. This top level learning teaches emotional modulation through the body.

    During the week in AKBAN Israel we will continue to explore Fudo Ryu unique attack syncopations.

    Video of levels of violence in our Martial art

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