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, 18-22.9.2016

    This week we are going deeper into kata that combine kicks as an aid to timing, distancing and submission. Kata like Renyo in Gyokko ryu, Shio Kaze in Kukishin or Koto Ryu Tan Geki, integrate kicks as means or an end to the techniques.

    We will emphasise kicks as facilitators of sacrifice throws.

    Video Of Mikazuki Geri

    Video Of Yoko Sokuto Geri

    Video Of Mawashi Sokshi Geri

    Second week in September sessions, 11-15.9.2016

    This week we will train as usual. There will not be any flights and adventures in Berlin, Tokyo or Kigali. Even though teaching in new places is wonderful, for me there is no place like home.

    We had a big crowd in the Detant emotional regulation seminar the previous Friday. With me were Danny Hershkovitz, one of Detant founders, and Yagel Tamir who is now doing the 1st. Instructor’s course in Detant.

    This version of the workshop is tailored especially for us in AKBAN and is extremely complex and dense. It was an intense and enriching workshop that went well.

    Many thanks to Professor Hagai Bergman, our CSO, who not only debriefed the proceedings but participated in this one too. This October we are taking this unique workshop to Japan.

    Muscle memory – From Berlin seminar

    The special 120 session and our 31st year

    I started teaching in 1986 and I try to maintain an even training rhythm since then – this year marks the 31st year of teaching. Yep, I just cleared 30 teaching years. To mark the end of the Blitz month and the beginning of our 31st year we will do the “120!” this Tuesday.

    The “120!”, for those who did not participate yet, is one of the more robust, but fun, events that we do in AKBAN. We spar exactly 120 bouts, each with a different partner, each exactly one minute long. Please bring your Hakama and Gi as we will done these at the end to symbolise the conclusion of the Blitz month and our return to traditional syllabus.

    The “120!” At Honbu dojo Tel Aviv, Tuesday, 30.8.2016, from 18:00 till 20:00

    At Wednesday the 31st there will not be a training session in Jerusalem – we’ll return to Tedi dojo in Sunday, September the 4th.

    At the end of the week I’ll be in Berlin for a two part seminar (FB link). The first two days will be dedicated to a master class in applying tradition to street levels of violence. The second part of the seminar will be our extremely important, must-not-miss, Detant workshop. This workshop, of which we will do the first phase, teaches and drill emotional regulation in combat through the body. Detant’s knowledge is our Academy’s Okuden and is a pre-requisite for grade tests in AKBAN.

    Here’s a link to the seminar’s page on Facebook. We are almost full, to reserve the last two places, please contact The AKBAN Germany headmaster, Ran Levari in FB.

    Detant Emotional modulation in conflict

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