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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    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

    Weekend quote – Meir Shalev

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    How to determine the size of a tree? According to its height? The diameter of its trunk? Scope of its crown? None of these is an absolute criterion, but when you see a large tree, you know what it’s like, and you hear: the wind’s noise is different and more pleasant than the sound it makes with the branches of its little brothers. And also feel, all the plants emit oxygen, freshness, various aromas. But the great trees also emit calm and confidence and a hard to contain pleasant surprise.

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    Image CC Dom Crossley

    Holiday quote – Eliezer ben Hurcanus

    And Rebecca said to Jakob:
    My son, on this night, dew treasures are opened
    On this night, heavens sing hymns
    Make delicacies for your father, and while he is still here he will bless you.

    אָמְרָה רִבְקָה לְיַעֲקֹב: בְּנִי, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה אוֹצְרוֹת טְלָלִים נִפְתְּחוּ בּוֹ,
    הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה עֶלְיוֹנִים אוֹמְרִים שִׁירָה
    עֲשֵׂה מַטְעַמִּים לְאָבִיךָ, וְעַד שֶׁיְּהֵא בְּעוֹלָמוֹ יְבָרֶכְךָ.
    image Susanne Nilsson CC BY-SA 2.0

    Image Susanne Nilsson CC BY-SA 2.0

    Sessions during Passover 2017

    During this week we will work with the weapons we learned this year: Rokushaku bo, Hanbo, Kusari and Kunai.
    With the knife we will emphasize low level of violence.

    Even though some part of the chain syllabus is video documented, most of the kata are not so this is a good chance to learn.

    Sunday we train in Tedi dojo as usual.
    Monday is the Seder, there will be no training.
    Tuesday is a holiday, again, no training session.
    Wednesday at 16:00 in Gan Havradim in Jerusalem, till 20:00.
    Thursday is the weapon seminar in Tel Aviv Honbu dojo.
    Please wait for updates on the AKBAN WhatsApp groups.
    Happy Passover to all.

    Weekend quote – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for. Of course, everyone stood up (just as everyone had leaped to his feet during the conference at every mention of his name). … For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the stormy applause, rising to an ovation, continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. And the older people were panting from exhaustion. It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who really adored Stalin.

    However, who would dare to be the first to stop? … After all, NKVD men were standing in the hall applauding and watching to see who would quit first! And in the obscure, small hall, unknown to the leader, the applause went on – six, seven, eight minutes! They were done for! Their goose was cooked! They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks! At the rear of the hall, which was crowded, they could of course cheat a bit, clap less frequently, less vigorously, not so eagerly – but up there with the presidium where everyone could see them?

    The director of the local paper factory, an independent and strong-minded man, stood with the presidium. Aware of all the falsity and all the impossibility of the situation, he still kept on applauding! Nine minutes! Ten! In anguish he watched the secretary of the District Party Committee, but the latter dared not stop. Insanity! To the last man! With make-believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the district leaders were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers! And even then those who were left would not falter…

    Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a businesslike expression and sat down in his seat. And, oh, a miracle took place! Where had the universal, uninhibited, indescribable enthusiasm gone? To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down. They had been saved!

    The squirrel had been smart enough to jump off his revolving wheel. That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them. That same night the factory director was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him:

    “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.”

    From: The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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