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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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    First week of the 2015 Blitz, 2-7.8.2015

    This is not a regular update of the beginning of the week but a longer explanation of the blitz month for the trainees, for us.

    Before the explanation, the schedule. August times and also the location of some of the sessions change.

    Throughout the month, there will be no basics training in Tel Aviv on Fridays.

    Tel Aviv group training will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:00 to 20:00. Tuesday sessions end at 20:00.

    Jerusalem group training will be held in the Wohl Rose Garden in Jerusalem, the highest grass meadow, near the Supreme Court. The training will be held from 18:00 to 20:00 at Sundays and Wednesdays.
    Monday dojo training in Ramat Hasharon is in vacation and Ramat Hasharon veterans are invited to the Tel Aviv dojo on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    And now to the point. Akban is a school based in tradition and therefore is reluctant to be based in trends. We always come, we always wear the black gi, black hakama and always practice as usual.
    However I built Akban as a place of learning and research, not as a stagnant museum. In the training year there are many measurable goals that help me as a teacher.

    There are many successful targets, many successful goals in relation to groups of Akban, but I noticed one was lacking.

    I use video to not only spread the perspective of Akban (17 million views on our YouTube!), But also to investigate processes and techniques. Analysis of the videos of the last three years showed me that despite a satisfactory level of combat – Akban Veterans are strong and fight well – there has been no relative improvement from year to year.

    When I watch the veterans randori in video, one of the parameters that I check is the Akban Randori weighted index. Number of techniques multiplied by level of difficulty multiplied by how well the techniques are executed. As this may be of interest to other instructors then I will elaborate.

    The number of techniques. how many techniques per minute? Not for one opponent, but for two of them together. This reflects the behavior of our teams, behaviour as part of a dojo and not competitors. Good team allows mutual execution of many techniques. Hooligans are characterized by a tense battle with very few techniques per unit of time.

    Technical difficulty. To make a job easier I divided the difficulty of techniques to arbitrary units. Tai Otoshi is more difficult than a front kick. Tai Otoshi is more difficult then catches. A simple technique gets one point. Medium difficulty techniques get two points and a complex technique gets a score of three points.

    The degree of success. A technique which failed receives a single point. Technique that almost succeeded gets two points. Technique that completely succeeded get three points.
    BTW, A technique that almost caused injury or, Gd forbid, caused injury, completely eliminates the couple’s total score.

    The total score I get is by adding up all the multiplications of each technique.

    The high speed and technical complexity of our sparring require video analysis using slow motion.
    I expect the overall score of the veterans battles in the blitz to improve each year. But the analysis and investigation of these objectives showed statistical stasis. There was no statistically significant change from one year in the three years I conducted the analysis.
    Last year, when in the summer we trained in Tel Aviv in a makeshift dojo without air conditioning, I began to make changes in the syllabus, infrastructure and emphasis fitness to lead to a better result in the Blitz.

    We all went through these changes in emphasis, and the colloquiums conducted this year show that preserving tradition is still another successful objective.

    Because of this, the format of the training in blitz will change too. No longer will we make an hour and a half of full battle. I divide the time to throws and locks, ne waza and stand up with or without boxing gloves.
    This month is very strenuous, not only physically but with inner work. Many sessions will be captured on video, and after blurring faces, will be publicly uploaded to YouTube for further analysis and improvement. Each trainee will receive points to correct in his sparring. If the trainee receives two or more of the same points a week after week it means that he didn’t do his inner preparation well. So this requires us not only physical effort in training but also inner work of preparation between sessions, at home.
    If you are not prepared internally you rarely succeed. If you prepared well sometimes you can do what you set as a target.
    As of the end of the month we have another big challenge. The 120 battles. The physical difficulty of this two hour long session is more than running a half marathon. Good luck.

     

    4th week of quolification month, 26-31.7.2015

    Because of Tisha B’Av, There will not be a Sunday evening session in Jerusalem dojo and also no Sunday session in Tel Aviv dojo.

    This Friday, 31.7.2015, we will have basic preparation for randori session at 08:00 sharp.

    This is the last week of the qualification month. We improved both skill and fitness. Now is the time to mentally prepare for the 2015 Blitz. Here’s a link to the event page on facebook.

    3rd week of qualification month, 19-24.7.2015

    This Friday, 24.7.2015, we will have basic preparation for randori session at 08:00 sharp.
    There will not be a Sunday evening session in Tel Aviv dojo. The Jerusalem Sunday session takes place at Tedi as usual.

    AKBAN veteran instructors will help this week to improve our speed work and fitness.

    2nd week of qualification month, 12-17.7.2015

    This Friday, 17.7.2015, we will have basic preparation for randori session at 08:00 sharp.
    There will not be a Sunday evening session in Tel Aviv dojo. The Jerusalem Sunday session takes place at Tedi as usual.

    The last several weeks has seen deepening of our technical skills in close range skirmish and also higher level of fitness. We will add two more Uchikomi to our throws drill and also add one more kick to our partner drills.
    Please do not forget boxing gloves and, for those who need it, also boxing bandages. Here’s a link to a video tutorial on it.

    As usual in July, before the AKBAN Blitz, we will work advanced combos of Daken Taijutsu and improve our combat fitness.

    Sessions on the first week of qualification month, 5-10.7.2015

    This Friday we will have basic preparation for randori session at 08:00 sharp.
    There will not be a Sunday evening session in Tel Aviv dojo. The Jerusalem Sunday session takes place at Tedi as usual.

    We will continue our repetition of the 5 throws, combos of Daken Taijutsu and improve our combat fitness.

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