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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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    Ninjutsu sessions, 4-9.10.2015

    After the weapon seminars in Sukkot, in continue in our regular beginning of year syllabus. This week, starting from Tuesday, we will repeat the Ninjutsu armlocks and achieve some of them from striking distance. Please do not forget to bring punching gloves.

    In the veterans’ groups we will learn new, advanced knife drills while referencing to Gyokko ryu kata.

    Video of basic Ninjutsu armlocks

    AKBAN seminars in Sukkot, 27.9-1.10.2015

    We are emphasizing traditional weapons at the start of this training year. During the Sukkot holiday we will continue to practice sword, short stick and knife techniques.
    The seminars are constructed so that trainees have a stratified routine to take home and practice with. The last part, on Friday, will be videoed for future reference.
    Please use Waze app in Friday because of the Tel Aviv Bicycle race. We start all training sessions earlier, so calculate times accordingly.

    Seminar schedules

    With the dojo-cho permission, all seminars are open to all AKBAN students.

    AKBAN schedule Sukkot 2015

    September 24, 2015
    Author: Yossi Sheriff, Quotation

    Weekend quote – Thomas Jefferson

    1st quote

    I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.

    We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

    2nd quote

    Training this week, 20-25.9.2015

    This Friday, 25.9.2015, at 08:00, in AKBAN Tel Aviv, we will have the second weapon seminar for this year (link to FB event). Teachers at the seminar will be Ra’am Manzur, Ya’ad Ben David and me. We will teach knife (segment one), Katana (segment two) and Hanbo (segment two). The seminar is open to all AKBAN practitioners.

    There will not be training sessions at the eve of Yom Kipur (Tuesday, 22.9.2015) and at the night of Yom Kipur (Wednesday, 23.9.2015).

    At Sunday, Monday and Thursday we will train as usual.

    I wish you ‘Gmar hatima tova’.

    Video of levels of violence in stick fighting

    Training this week, 13-18.9.2015

    Happy New Hebrew Year.

    This week, because of Rosh Hashana holiday, there will not be regular training sessions in Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

    In Wednesday, we train as usual in AKBAN Jerusalem and in Thursday we will train as usual in AKBAN Tel Aviv.

    This year we will have an extended course dedicated to weapons. We will have the first seminar in this series (101-7-1), this Friday, 18.9.2015, in Tel Aviv dojo. We will start exactly at 08:00 and introduce the following weapons: Sword, flexible weapons, stick and knife.

    September 11, 2015
    Author: Yossi Sheriff, Quotation

    Weekend quote – Aliraza Roshan

    1st quote
    In my childhood I had a friend who excelled in the javelin throw. He had a strong hand. This friend has spent all his life practicing the javelin. I went to the university and studied theater. He still threw javelins. Did nothing else besides.

    I graduated from the university. He still threw javelins. One day he said to me:
    – It’s time to show you what I’m worth.
    We went together to the heart of the desert. He said:
    – Wait and see what I can do.
    He concentrated all his powers, and threw the javelin.
    The Javelin ascended and ascended until it became a dot in the air. My friend said:
    – I finished my job. I worked my whole life for this day. You went and got an education, you wrote things, you learned a lot.
    I told him:
    – You asked for one thing and you got it. I asked for a lot of things and I did not get any of them.
    he said:
    – I’ve got to go. Goodbye.
    He said it and fell face down. A Javelin penetrated his back. The Javelin he himself threw. His Javelin went around the globe and got him. All his life he trained to reach to himself.
    He said, ‘The furthest point is I am. I want to get to me. And he did. ”

    Translated from Persian into Hebrew, Orly Noy,
    Translated from Hebrew, Y.S.

    Photo: David Gabriel Fischer,
    Image CC: David Gabriel Fischer,

    Ninjutsu training this week, 6-11.9.2015

    • As usual, schedule first,
    • This Friday, 11.9.2015, at 08:00 sharp, in AKBAN Tel Aviv martial arts dojo, we will have another technical session focusing on stand-up and honing our striking.
    • In Sunday we will be training in the Jerusalem martial arts from 18:00-20:00.
    • Monday will see us returning to regular schedule in Ramat Hasharon martial arts from 19:00 sharp.
    • Tuesday is Tel Aviv martial arts dojo, from 18:00 till 21:00 (double session for those who can attend).
    • Wednesday in Jerusalem dojo, from 18:30 till 21:30 (double session for those who can attend)
    • Thursday in Tel Aviv dojo, 18:00-20:00.
    • Friday morning, 08:00.

    After I self imposed a focus on stand up and Daken Taijutsu in July and August, we will now amend these techniques with the throws and arm-locks we did in June.
    I hope to soon finish a short video on my impressions from the extreme 120 session we did at the end of the training year and also some more, in-depth, videos on the results of my video debriefing of the Blitz month randori sessions.

    Please, do not forget to pay the tuition for this year. Also, please bring boxing gloves.

    Video, continuing from where we stopped

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