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We are The AKBAN academy, 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.

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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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Weekend quote – Mark Strand

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“Who are you and why is this happening?” I asked one of them.
“We are believers and we must keep going,” and then he added, “our work is important and concerns the self.”
“But all your dust is darkening the stars,” I said. “Nay, nay,” he said, “we are only passing through, the stars will return.”

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From the prose piece “The Students of the Ineffable” by Mark Strand in Almost Invisible, Knopf 2013

Weapon Passover seminar and full vacation during Chol HaMoed Pesach

This Sunday will be training at the regular schedule in the Jerusalem dojo. Afterwards, from Monday the 14th till Tuesday the 22nd, we will be at the Passover spring vacation. Training will resume on Tuesday the 22nd.

During Chol HaMoed Pesach we will be having the conclusive 2014 weapon seminar (link to FB event) at the Tel Aviv dojo. All AKBAN practitioners are invited at no additional training fees. For students outside AKBAN there are five open admissions at the cost of 470 NIS. The seminar starts at 08:30 on Friday, April the 18th at the Tel Aviv dojo.

Veterans, please bring Hanbo (1 meter) and Boken. Additional weapons will be supplied by the AKBAN armory.

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Ninjutsu sessions for the week of 6-10.4.2014

Training this week, the week before the Passover holiday, will take place as usual and will evolve around speed, rhythm and tempo for winning combats. As we saw in the previous week, a fighter can not use tempo deception without integrating it into his game-play. As my teacher, Doron Navon sensei told me: “Sheriff, learn to dance!”.

Using sequences 2 and 3 we will continue to explore rhythm changes in Kukishinden Ryu kata Syncopation and in randori. Only after working with movement and line of sight deception through Gyokko Ryu’s Ku no Kata we can move and explore speed and rhythm. Using Rami L. technology we will advance from resting speeds into faster, aerobic pace.

Several terms are important to better understand deception in combat. Whoever employs deception in conflict and succeeds, rules the conflict. A combat situation that involves only power and speed is missing a crucial element. The speed, rhythm and tempo of the sequences are an advanced deception. Using the Methodical pyramid we analyse battles, conflicts and sport matches and observe the different rhythm and tempo requirements of different disciplines.

In the two videos attached we can observe examples from two different disciplines that use rhythm and tempo. Roy Jones Junior is a superb boxer that first and foremost controls the basic building blocks of a fighter: he is fit, he packs immensely strong punches and, most important, he controls distance with an amazing footwork and sabaki. The thing that distinguishes Jones in this collection of Knockouts, is his use of tempo and rhythm changes for deception. To the untrained eye it might be easier to see this when he uses, again and again, a slow circular windmill movement deception that always surprises because of the changed tempo.

The second video is of TSKSR kata. In the Katori kata many sequences, each one of them finishes the fight, are crammed together into a continues short kata. This one is good learning material because we get to see and hear both the syncope that ends each sub sequence and the Katori kiai that denotes these syncope.

Let me remind that is part of my effort to prepare the knowledge background for the 3rd colloquium that will take place after the Passover Holiday, at Friday, April the 25th. 08:00 sharp. Here’s a link to the 3rd colloquium event on Facebook.

Training seminar in Passover

After the Seder, Friday, April the 18th, at 08:30 we are having a weapon seminar in the Tel Aviv dojo (link to the Passover weapon seminar on Facebook). This seminar will substitute for the missing session during the holiday. Call the dojo at 052-5108747. The seminar is free for AKBAN members.

Weekend quote – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Looking at the outside manifestations of the angry will show you they are insane. They share the same features as a lunatic: an aggressive swagger, a twisted eyebrow, a ferocious expression, a quickness to the walking pace, fidgety hands, a changed complexion, a fast and aggressive breathing – these are the signs of the angry man; his eyes spit fire, his face is red with blood that sprouts from the sewer of his guts, his mouth trembles, his teeth are clenched, his hair bristles and stands on end, his breath is laborious, his joints squeak, his voice is uncontrolled, he speaks stupidities, claps his hands, stamps the ground; his whole body is excited and geared toward threatening and intimidating.

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Ninjutsu training this week and two seminars in April

Aside from the regular schedule, we have two main events in April.
At the Passover holiday, April the 18th, 08:00 (Friday), we will have a weapon master class revolving around Sword, Stick, Kunai and flexible weapons. The AKBAN armory supplies the weapons for this seminar, but you can bring your own.
Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.

After the holiday, at April the 25th, we will attend the third colloquium that will explore two Kukishinden ryu kata. Here’s a link for the Facebook page for the 3rd colloquium.

The regular training schedule continues. Last week we worked with Ganseki nage and Otoshi. This week will continue with further techniques of arm locks in Randori.

סמינר כלי נשק, פסח 2014

Weekend quote – Martial arts paradoxes

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1. “It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.” – Gandhi
2. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Gandhi
3. “A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.” – Gandhi
4. “The hand that punched is the hands that gives compassion” – David Avidan
5. “If you meet a Buddha, kill the Buddha.” – Linji Yixuan
6. “…but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” – King Solomon
7. “The ability to abstain from punching, is founded on the ability to punch well.” – We say this here

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