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    Sword workshop this Friday and training for 14-19.9.2014

    This Friday we will learn Bokken techniques in the Tel Aviv dojo.

    1. Time and address – Hayrkon 294 St. Tel Aviv | 19.9.2014| 08:00-10:00

    During the week, at Tel Aviv dojo, Jerusalem dojo and Ramat Hasharon dojo we will continue to work in two levels. The basic and intermediate Ninjutsu groups will do arm locks, Daken and Ukemi. At the veterans’ groups we will complete the kata I didn’t finish teaching last week, namely Shio Kaze and Hosetsu and focus on the important Dofu no Kata. Dofu is the basis for the kata of the 5th Ninjutsu colloquium.

    The kata for the veterans’ groups

    1. Dofu, (挐風), (Taking the wind) – Okuden gata level
    2. Shio Kaze, (塩風), (Salt wind) –  – Chuden gata level
    3. Hosetsu, (崩雪), (Avalanche) – Shoden gata level

    Video of the advanced kata for this week

    September 11, 2014
    Author: Yossi Sheriff, Quotation

    Weekend Quote – Roger Zelazny

    “Lord Corwin of Amber!”

    He was waiting for me as I rounded a bend in the depression, a big, corpse-colored guy with red hair and a horse to match. He wore coppery armor with greenish tracings, and he sat facing me, still as a statue.

    “I saw you on the hilltop,” he said. “You are not mailed, are you?”

    I slapped my chest.

    He nodded sharply. Then he reached up, first to his left shoulder, then to his right, then to his sides, opening fastenings upon his breastplate. When he had them undone, he removed it, lowered it toward the ground on his left side and let it fall. He did the same with his greaves.

    “I have long wanted to meet you,” he said. “I am Borel. I do not want it said that I took unfair advantage of you when I killed you.”

    Borel . . . The name was familiar. Then I remembered. He had Dara’s respect and affection. He had been her fencing teacher, a master of the blade. Stupid, though, I saw. He had forfeited my respect by removing his armor. Battle is not a game, and I had no desire to make myself available to any presumptuous ass who thought otherwise. Especially a skilled ass, when I was feeling beat. If nothing else, he could probably wear me down.

    “Now we shall resolve a matter which has long troubled me,” he said.

    I replied with a quaint vulgarism, wheeled my black and raced back the way I had come. He gave chase immediately.

    As I passed back along the culvert, I realized that I did not have a sufficient lead. He would be upon me in a matter of moments with my back all exposed, to cut me down or force me to fight. However, while limited, my choices included a little more than that.

    “Coward!” he cried. “You flee combat! Is this the great warrior of whom I have heard so much?”

    I reached up and unfastened my cloak. At either hand, the culvert’s lip was level with my shoulders, then my waist.

    I rolled out of the saddle to my left, stumbled once and found my footing. The black went on. I moved to my right, facing the draw.

    Catching my cloak in both hands, I swung it in a reverse-veronica maneuver a second or two before Borel’s head and shoulders came abreast of me. It swept over him, drawn blade and all, muffling his head and slowing his arms.

    I kicked then, hard. I was aiming for his head, but I caught him on the left shoulder. He was spilled from his saddle, and his horse, too, went by.

    Drawing Grayswandir, I leaped after him. I caught him just as he had brushed my cloak aside and was struggling to rise. I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

    “Oh, basely done!” he cried. “I had hoped for better of thee!”

    “This isn’t exactly the Olympic Games,” I said.

    From Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny

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    Training this week, 7-12.9.2014

    We start this week with two syllabus, one for the veterans and one for the intermediate groups. In the basic and intermediate groups we will work with wrist armlocks against an opponent at the first and the second timing.

    Friday morning is the time for weapon training.

    In the Jerusalem intermediate group we will also practice Jugan and second timing, repeat punching drills and Zenpo Kaiten. The veterans’s groups will analyse three Kukishinden Ryu kata and emphasis the role of Zanshin in Kukishinden ryu kata learning method.

    The Kata for the veteran groups are:

    1. Hane Taoshi from Okuden Gata
    2. Hosetsu  from Shoden Gata
    3. Shio Kaze from Chuden Gata

    Weekend quote – James Stephens

    To this the Philosopher replied: “I have attained to all the wisdom which I am fitted to bear. In the space of one week no new truth has come to me. All that I have read lately I knew before; all that I have thought has been but a recapitulation of old and wearisome ideas. There is no longer an horizon before my eves. Space has narrowed to the petty dimensions of my thumb. Time is the tick of a clock. Good and evil are two peas in the one pod. My wife’s face is the same for ever. I want to play with the children, and yet I do not want to. Your conversation with me, brother, is like the droning of a bee in a dark cell. The pine trees take root and grow and die.—It’s all bosh.

    His friend replied:
    “Brother, these are weighty reflections, and I do clearly perceive that the time has come for you to stop. I might observe, not in order to combat your views, but merely to continue an interesting conversation, that there are still some knowledges which you have not assimilated—you do not yet know how to play the tambourine, nor how to be nice to your wife, nor how to get up first in the morning and cook the breakfast. Have you learned how to smoke strong tobacco as I do? or can you dance in the moonlight with a woman of the Shee?

    To understand the theory which underlies all things is not sufficient. It has occurred to me, brother, that wisdom may not be the end of everything. Goodness and kindliness are, perhaps, beyond wisdom. Is it not possible that the ultimate end is gaiety and music and a dance of joy? Wisdom is the oldest of all things. Wisdom is all head and no heart. Behold, brother, you are being crushed under the weight of your head. You are dying of old age while you are yet a child.”

    From: THE CROCK OF GOLD By James Stephens (link to book on Project Gutenberg)
    Video CC BY-NC 3.0 by Andy Thomas

    Beginning the Ninjutsu training year – September 2014

    This week we are starting a new training year (2014-2015). This is the 28th year of training since I got Doron Navon‘s blessing to teach Ninjutsu.
    After analysing the videos I take during sessions and the performances during Grade exams, I thought that emphasizing several lines of work would be appropriate.

    These are next year’s lines of work.

    1. The Friday weapon session will diversify. We are continuing the sword and emotional modulation and will explore Short stick (Jogo De Pau). All AKBAN students are invited.
    2. Even though the general fitness in the grade exams was higher then ever, we will have some very robust session.
    3. Advanced practitioners in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv dojo will learn more Kata from the higher levels of the Ninjutsu Ryu. Another line of work will be Family defense and security. We will deal with improvised weapons, multiple opponents scenarios and advanced sabaki.
    4. I will video and work the beginning of lesson drills. We will perform impact drill each lesson (punching mitts, bag work or pad work).
    5. More seminars, Colloquium, outside sessions, “24” , And Desert gathering.
    6. Focus on dynamic work for Tatakai
    7.  Outside teachers’ seminars: Meditation, Jogo de Pau.


    Training in Jerusalem is every Sunday from 6 PM till 8 PM and also in Wednesday. First Wednesday session from 6:30 PM till 8 PM, second advanced session from 8 PM till 9:30 PM.
    Training in Tel Aviv is every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesdays from 6 PM till 7:30, second, advanced, Tusday session from 7:30 PM till 9 PM. Thursday from 6 PM till 8 PM.
    Training in Ramat Hasharon is every Monday from 7 PM till 8:30 PM.

    I wish you a safe and powerful year!

    Using the name AKBAN

    Our school does not work like a fast food franchise, it works like Universities do.
    Every instructor enjoys full independence while teaching the techniques that lead to a Black belt. This independence comes with full responsibility of each instructor over his own dojo. Thus, each instructor can bring into fruition a personal perspective and abilities and contribute his knowledge to the technical data base that forms the AKBAN database.
    Choosing whether to give the name AKBAN is a personal creed of the head of each dojo who is also a student in central dojo under Yossi Sheriff.
    The instructor leads his dojo, but chooses to continue and develop as a part of a community that follows the ethical code of AKBAN.

    August 29, 2014
    Author: Ofer, Quotation

    Weekend quote – Ofer Mizrahi

    Yesterday I went to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital because of a chest injury. Yes, a successful Black belt exam, less successful single fall.
    We set there, Etgar and me, in the Emergency room, drinking cold water from tiny laboratory plastic cups. Not exactly “Our water“, but still…

    And yes, it was a good exam.

    I recalled we used to drink Whiskey in dire straits, before Yossi started to abstain. Etgar told me stories and I told him about my previous teacher whom I angrily left after he screwed – up, misconduct that is.

    It was a big fall then, almost 12 years since. A big lesson, but I am still standing and breathing, carefully.

    This is the chain of events when you get injured in the dojo. First, on a small yellow and wrinkled paper, Professor H. writes an urgent letter to the hospital. At the hospital Dr. Noam, the same guy from my previous ailment, smiles, looks at it and says: “so you are the injured Judoka, I should have guessed it’s someone from the dojo. He then takes me to the C.T., checks the results, smiles again and looks worried.

    And Yossi. Yossi is awake till 3 AM, gets all the results, answers questions succinctly and feels that he had to come and not only because he invested 12 dojo years in me.

    Just a sparring session, but still…

    Then later, in the morning, at home, I feel like the twin towers but with a major difference, I am still standing.

    And I read what Yossi wrote to Yakov Hazan, and what Yakov wrote, and I think. I think about persistence and falls that are actually stances.
    And about disappointment with some teachers
    and falls in business
    and life falls
    and finally falls at the belt exam.

    And I understand that the form of the fall is less important than the way you stand and fight again, and the lesson you learned about life when every breath was a painful chore, and laughing was excruciatingly impossible.

    It will be only a short while before we drink the water Yossi carried on his back.

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