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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    Weekend quote – Gian-Carlo Rota

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    Behind every question of philosophy there lurks a gnarl of unacknowledged emotional cravings which act as a powerful motivation for conclusions in which reason plays at best a supporting role.

    To bring such hidden emotional cravings out into the open, as philosophers have felt it their duty to do, is to ask for trouble. Philosophical disclosures are frequently met with the anger that we reserve for the betrayal of our family secrets.

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    From Indiscrete Thoughts (Modern Birkhäuser Classics)

    Training this week, 21-26.5.2017

    This Friday, 26.5, A Rokushaku bo Kukishin kata. Wait for an update on the group’s Whatsapp on Thursday.

    During the week we will repeat five reactions from rear hand wing block and three from front hand wing block. These eight reactions depict an activity range of 180 degrees which we will augment with straight strikes syncopations. In addition we will continue learning closing gap with Jumonji, at second timing, of drill 4.

    Apologies, we are so deep into this new material that this won’t make sense to those who missed last month. I have not yet videoed the techniques of this segment.

    Video of straight punches syncopation in Kata

    Weekend quote – Wassily Kandinsky

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    Thus, the form may seem pleasant, unpleasant, beautiful, harmonious, disharmonious, skillful, awkward, fine, coarse, and so on, and yet, it must neither be accepted nor rejected by virtue of qualities considered to be positive or negative. All these concepts are perfectly relative, which can be observed at first glance in the infinite series of interchange of forms already present.

    Equally relative is the form itself. Thus, the form is to be appreciated and understood. One has to place oneself in such a way that the form acts on the soul. And through the form the content (mind, inner sound).

    Otherwise, one elevates the relative to the absolute.

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    Weekend quote – Julian De Freitas, et al

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    When it came to judgments about the true self, however, we found a surprising degree of cross-cultural similarity. Across all four of the cultures tested, we found evidence that participants shared an intuition that, deep down, human beings have a true self that is morally good.

    From: “Consistent Belief in a Good True Self in Misanthropes and Three Interdependent Cultures”, Julian De Freitas, Hagop Sarkissian, George E. Newman, Igor Grossmann, Felipe De Brigard, Andres Luco, Joshua Knobe, 2017, link
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    Sessions this week, 23-27.4.2017

    There will be training sessions in Sunday, eve of the Holocaust remembrance day, and Monday night.

    We will continue the learning of the hand work in the pocket and add more coherence to the integration of Lo-Ka-Pa Phat into AKBAN distancing sabaki.

    As usual, till August, please bring your striking equipment.

    Video of Roberto Sharp and Lyte Burly

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