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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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    Beginning of a new training year and the 120!

    Some logistics – We return to regular schedule at Tuesday. To enroll for a yearly study in AKBAN, please make sure you deliver the tuition to your instructor this week. All the holiday eating in front of us, demands even more Ninjutsu sessions.

    But before we start anew, we have a training year to send away properly. This Sunday we do the 120! August the 30th, the end of the Blitz month, at 18:00, at the Tel Aviv dojo,

    This awesome Randori marks the culmination of what has been a superb training year and a grueling August month. So before we will return to learning schedule, we have one more thing, one extreme session, the 120!

    What is this, one might ask, well, we do 120 fights, each a minute long, each with another partner, all of them – non stop. No big thing, just two hours and at 20:15 it is over.

    This week’s schedule

    Sunday, August the 30th, in Tel Aviv dojo, at 18:00, we have the 120 randori.
    Monday, August the 30th is still no session in Ramat Hasharon.
    Tuesday, September the 1st, is the return to regular schedule in Tel Aviv. 18:00-19:30 first session. 19:30-21:00, second session.
    Wednesday, September the 2nd, we return to Tedi Stadium dojo. 18:30-20:00, first session. 20:00-21:30 is the second, advanced session.
    Thursday, September the 3rd, at Tel Aviv dojo, from 18:00 till 20:00.

    Fourth week of the 2015 Blitz, 23-28.8.2015

    This is the last week of the 2015 Blitz, and what a surprising laboratory it has been so far. The best Blitz I have ever seen since I started to teach, at 1985. Makes me really happy.

    Some admin staff before the coach talk:
    We will practice as usual this week – Sunday and Wednesday at 18:00 in Gan Havradim, Jerusalem, and Tuesday and Thursday in AKBAN Tel Aviv. Next week is a different schedule, so stay in touch.

    So, how did we do it? why was this years Blitz so different?

    I sectioned the Randori into Arm locks, throws, arm locks and throws together, stand up and ground. The end of each two-hour session culminated in regular Ninjutsu randori that binds together all the sections. This allowed me to focus on each discipline separately and combine them together. Every Randori in this Blitz was watched by me, with input, debriefing and feedback done both on the spot, during the sessions and also afterwards, in video, delivered to the student by request.
    This rigorous video debriefing, at such scale, is unique to our Academy and allows all levels of practitioners to watch their bouts, in slow motion, while I can dissect weak and strong points.
    I used a special ranking system that allowed us setting goals and understanding our sectioned.

    Everybody got better because of this, especially me, as a teacher with years of experience, I was confronted with a quantifiable data about weak and strong points in AKBAN traditional randori and possible ways of improving.

    You can see a short example in the video I attached, but this video is just the tip of the iceberg. I edited and analyzed hundreds, literally, of Ninjutsu sparring sessions and delivered many of them to my students in a private channel.

    The individual video debriefing and analysis will now be a weekly thing, all over the year, it was so beneficial.

    Next Sunday, August the 30th, 18:00, at the Tel Aviv Honbu dojo, we will have the culminating event of this Blitz. We will engage in 120 randori sessions, each a minute long. So 120 minutes of extreme effort!

    As we always say: Practice safely and keep on training.

    Video of principles of analyzing randori session in the AKBAN Blitz

    Third week of the 2015 Blitz, 16-21.8.2015

    The Tel Aviv practice goes from 18:00 till 20:00 every Tuesday and Thursday. The Jerusalem practice takes place in the Whol rose garden, every Sunday and Wednesday, from 18:00 till 20:00.

    We learned, over the previous weeks, how to correct the basic mistake of Ninjutsu randori – competition.

    Yaniv, from Jerusalem dojo, told me a relevant story: Once, when he studied Legal Mediation, he was challenged to an arm wrestling match where the prerequisite was that every participant should bend the other one’s arm as many times per minute as he could. This is similar to the goals we set in Ninjutsu sparring – every practitioner should execute varied and multiple functional Ninjutsu techniques as he can per minute.

    Yaniv’s solution for arm wrestling was simple: the first participant allows the other to wrestle his arm down and then they cooperate to repeat as many times as they can. When one tries this task using force he can repeat two or three times per minute. When two cooperate, they can do fifty to sixty repetitions…

    It’s a simple trick that we use. It’s the AKBAN law of the jungle: “to get ecological diversity, an intricate and deep cooperation is needed.

    I am attaching here an absolutely fascinating randori that two veterans practiced last week. One of the veterans allows the other a bit more then he should, but this creates diversity and high rate of working techniques. If you are participating at this blitz, you can try watching this video several times. Wonderful example.

    2nd video of Blitz analysis

    Second week of the 2015 Blitz, 9-14.8.2015

    August times and also the location of some of the sessions change.
    Throughout the month, there will be no basics training in Tel Aviv on Fridays.
    Tel Aviv group training will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:00 to 20:00. Tuesday sessions end at 20:00.

    Jerusalem group training will be held in the Wohl Rose Garden in Jerusalem, the highest grass meadow, near the Supreme Court. The training will be held from 18:00 to 20:00 at Sundays and Wednesdays.
    Monday dojo training in Ramat Hasharon is in vacation and Ramat Hasharon veterans are invited to the Tel Aviv dojo on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Video of 1st randori analysis, August 2015

    First week of the 2015 Blitz, 2-7.8.2015

    This is not a regular update of the beginning of the week but a longer explanation of the blitz month for the trainees, for us.

    Before the explanation, the schedule. August times and also the location of some of the sessions change.

    Throughout the month, there will be no basics training in Tel Aviv on Fridays.

    Tel Aviv group training will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:00 to 20:00. Tuesday sessions end at 20:00.

    Jerusalem group training will be held in the Wohl Rose Garden in Jerusalem, the highest grass meadow, near the Supreme Court. The training will be held from 18:00 to 20:00 at Sundays and Wednesdays.
    Monday dojo training in Ramat Hasharon is in vacation and Ramat Hasharon veterans are invited to the Tel Aviv dojo on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    And now to the point. Akban is a school based in tradition and therefore is reluctant to be based in trends. We always come, we always wear the black gi, black hakama and always practice as usual.
    However I built Akban as a place of learning and research, not as a stagnant museum. In the training year there are many measurable goals that help me as a teacher.

    There are many successful targets, many successful goals in relation to groups of Akban, but I noticed one was lacking.

    I use video to not only spread the perspective of Akban (17 million views on our YouTube!), But also to investigate processes and techniques. Analysis of the videos of the last three years showed me that despite a satisfactory level of combat – Akban Veterans are strong and fight well – there has been no relative improvement from year to year.

    When I watch the veterans randori in video, one of the parameters that I check is the Akban Randori weighted index. Number of techniques multiplied by level of difficulty multiplied by how well the techniques are executed. As this may be of interest to other instructors then I will elaborate.

    The number of techniques. how many techniques per minute? Not for one opponent, but for two of them together. This reflects the behavior of our teams, behaviour as part of a dojo and not competitors. Good team allows mutual execution of many techniques. Hooligans are characterized by a tense battle with very few techniques per unit of time.

    Technical difficulty. To make a job easier I divided the difficulty of techniques to arbitrary units. Tai Otoshi is more difficult than a front kick. Tai Otoshi is more difficult then catches. A simple technique gets one point. Medium difficulty techniques get two points and a complex technique gets a score of three points.

    The degree of success. A technique which failed receives a single point. Technique that almost succeeded gets two points. Technique that completely succeeded get three points.
    BTW, A technique that almost caused injury or, Gd forbid, caused injury, completely eliminates the couple’s total score.

    The total score I get is by adding up all the multiplications of each technique.

    The high speed and technical complexity of our sparring require video analysis using slow motion.
    I expect the overall score of the veterans battles in the blitz to improve each year. But the analysis and investigation of these objectives showed statistical stasis. There was no statistically significant change from one year in the three years I conducted the analysis.
    Last year, when in the summer we trained in Tel Aviv in a makeshift dojo without air conditioning, I began to make changes in the syllabus, infrastructure and emphasis fitness to lead to a better result in the Blitz.

    We all went through these changes in emphasis, and the colloquiums conducted this year show that preserving tradition is still another successful objective.

    Because of this, the format of the training in blitz will change too. No longer will we make an hour and a half of full battle. I divide the time to throws and locks, ne waza and stand up with or without boxing gloves.
    This month is very strenuous, not only physically but with inner work. Many sessions will be captured on video, and after blurring faces, will be publicly uploaded to YouTube for further analysis and improvement. Each trainee will receive points to correct in his sparring. If the trainee receives two or more of the same points a week after week it means that he didn’t do his inner preparation well. So this requires us not only physical effort in training but also inner work of preparation between sessions, at home.
    If you are not prepared internally you rarely succeed. If you prepared well sometimes you can do what you set as a target.
    As of the end of the month we have another big challenge. The 120 battles. The physical difficulty of this two hour long session is more than running a half marathon. Good luck.

     

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