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    Sessions this week and an additional group, 14-19.12.2014

    Please pay attention, We’ve added another ECR group and upped the syllabus of the veteran sessions into Combat kata analysis.

    After preparations that took us several months we are opening the special “Edge Combat Research”, ECR, at Friday mornings. I will instruct this group, with the assistance of Elad Nagar. Elad will emphasize sessions that are direct derivatives of the methodical pyramid. These sessions are aimed to improve combat abilities and fitness and will integrate Ninjutsu into the Randori level.
    Once a month I will teach the ECR groups weapons, emphasizing emotional modulation and complex scenarios.

    More improvements: the second session in Tuesdays and Wednesdays changes and will focus on Combat Katas. I will lead this one. These sessions, that integrate obscure Ninjutsu kata into practice are extremely tough and necessitate high level of fitness and concentration abilities that exceed regular sessions. They are open to all students who have a taste for this harshness, and who have been training for more then one semester.

    At the regular sessions we will continue with advanced Ukemi and combine Kyusho with Nage waza.

    Video of a session in Bujinkan Eilat teaching rhythm in kata

    Weekend Quote – Thich Nath Hanh

    1st quote
    May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos
    Even in the darkest spots
    Living beings are able to hear it clearly
    So that all suffering in them cease
    Understanding comes to their heart
    And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
    The universal Dharma door is already open
    The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
    The miracle happens
    A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower
    One single drop of this compassionate water
    Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.
    Listening to the bell
    I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
    My mind calm
    My body relax
    A smile is born on my lips
    Following the sound of the bell
    My breathe brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness
    In the garden of my heart
    The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.
    2nd quote

    Training this week, 7-13.12.2014

    This week there will be no weapon class.

    Veterans from AKBAN and me participated at the 40th anniversary of Bujinkan in Israel. It was great to meet old friends and work together and I thank Udi Zaga Sensei for the opportunity.

    In this week’s sessions we will work with three subjects: fast rhythm work with Kansetsu Waza, Ukemi, and at the veterans’ groups, another advanced Kukishinden kata.

    Video of drilling the basic flowchart

    Weekend quote – Tomer Persico

    For this, I think, is the grand illusion of enlightenment, of secular modernity, that the past can be erased, “we will destroy the foundation of the old world*”, and we will then open a new page, clean, rational and enlightened.
    Well, this does not work, at least not for most people. And when you look forward to the future we need, first of all, to acknowledge this fact, and then work with it.

    from (Hebrew)

    *Весь мир насилья мы разрушим

    До основанья, а затем

    Training this week, plus Eilat Taikai, 30.11-6.12.2014

    This Friday we will not have a weapon training class. AKBAN veterans and me are going to the “40 years Taikai”, a special event to celebrate 40 years of Bujinkan in Israel, a conglomerate I helped build and care deeply about.

    The Red Sea dojo, under the leadership of Udi Zaga Sensei, organized a wonderful opportunity to learn and meet, a timing that reminded me I have been Doron Navon’s student for more then 38 years now. Here’s a link at the Red Sea dojo homepage for late registration.

    I will be teaching as usual at Thursday Tel Aviv dojo, and will start going south only after the session.

    At the groups we will hone our Ukemi skills and combine Karuwaza abilities with immediate re-engaging. At the veterans groups we will do the same and continue learning Kukishinden upper level katas.

    I attached three clips: one is basic rolls in Ninjutsu, another one is a classic Aikido Ukemi, for comparison, but the first one is the best, it shows that we were prepared for the Red Sea Bujinkan Taikai long, long time ago.

    See you in the dojo.

    Video of Hissaku Kata at the Red Sea

    Video of basic Ninjutsu rolls tutorial

    Video of Aikido Ukemi

    Weekend quote – Barbara Oakley

    There is an interesting connection between learning math and science, and learning a sport. When you learn how to swing a golf club, you perfect that swing from lots of repetition over a period of years. Your body knows what to do from a single thought—one chunk—instead of having to recall all the complex steps involved in hitting a ball.

    In the same way, once you understand why you do something in math and science, you don’t have to keep re-explaining the how to yourself every time you do it. It’s not necessary to go around with 25 marbles in your pocket and lay out 5 rows of 5 marbles again and again so that you get that 5 x 5 = 25. At some point, you just know it fluently from memory.

    from How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math

    Training this week, 16-20.11.2014

    This Friday we will not have a weapon training session.

    This week each dojo will practice a different syllabus. At the Jerusalem intermediate groups we will work on setting up throws and joint locks. The veteran group in Jerusalem will learn another Shirabe Moguri kata and practice the three kata we already know.

    At Ramat Hasharon dojo we will learn and practice the complete basic flexible weapon primer for grappling and striking distances. We will learn the home routine for these distances plus combining the short ballistic arc with the Tsuki strike.
    Tel Aviv intermediate will work on elbow locks in grappling and two sacrifice throws.
    The Veterans in Tel Aviv will do the same syllabus like their Jerusalem counterparts and learn another Kukishinden kata.

    Video – Ninjutsu arm lock against Judo technique

    Video – Short flexible weapon in grappling distances

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