Posts from August 2008

Ninjas on skates attack! Lighten up guys, vacation is over…


August 29, 2008
מוני ג.

That’s the finest way to end Akban’s summer vacation: Ninja pursuit, on skates, on a highway!

I’ll be dreaming of highway chases with my fellow pirate ninjas when doing the first push-ups next week.

BTW, if my Japanese is still on par with my Ninja skate skills, I believe the Ninjas in the end of the clip are saying: “Dude, that was easier then a 24, for sure”.

Thanks, Zaeega

August vacation in the dojos, back to train in September


August 15, 2008
Yossi Sheriff

Most of the groups trained by Akban veterans go on vacation from martial arts training in the last two weeks of August. Training will resume in September.

Meanwhile we’ll continue to update our fitness routine, video some more tutorials and add martial arts and fitness videos to your encyclopedia.

See you back in September. Have a great vacation and – stay fit.

If you want to contact our veterans or instructors, please use our Hebrew martial arts contact page. An English one will be ready soon.

Push-up Powerpill


August 5, 2008
John Hookham

Too lazy to go to the dojo? Would you rather stay at home with the air-conditioning on and workout from your couch? Looks like you might be able to in a few years. New research has led to the discovery of 2 drugs that can increase the physical ability of mice without much exercise:

“Researchers at the Salk Institute report they have found two drugs that do wonders for the athletic endurance of couch potato mice. One drug, known as Aicar, increased the mice’s endurance on a treadmill by 44 percent after just four weeks of treatment.

A second drug, GW1516, supercharged the mice to a 75 percent increase in endurance, but had to be combined with exercise to have any effect.”

Such drugs are obviously beneficial. For instance, in cases where patients are incapable of regular movement and must maintain muscle mass. However, I worry about a widespread misuse of such medication simply due to laziness.

These drugs could also add to the long list of physical enhancement drugs such as anabolic steroids that are commonly used to increase muscle mass in a short period of time. I don’t even want to think about what a combination with steroids would yield.

In any case, much easier to find, and only at the cost of some sweat, is the Akban fitness program. Besides, exercise can be fun as long as your training partner washed their gi sometime in the last six months.

Link to the IHT article

First prize for MMA youngsters – Cauliflower ear


August 1, 2008
John Hookham

One would think that injury treatment in most sports was a vital part of maintaining the athlete’s ability to participate. Lately, a new trend taking hold of aspiring MMA youngsters seems to be defying this rule.

Like the dreaded knuckles that come from years of Karate training on Makiwara, Cauliflower ears – a name given to a deformity of the outer ear – is the latest widespread ailment in the world of contact martial arts.

The condition most commonly appears in practitioners who receive repetitive blows or chaffs to the ear and fail to receive professional medical treatment. Rather than trying to avoid the condition, many youngsters think of having permanently damaged ears as a sign of being tough, and try to attain the deformity by avoiding all medical treatment:

“Unfazed by the prospect of living life as a walking what’s-grosser-than-gross joke, a nationwide corps of professional fighters, amateur enthusiasts and teenagers have taken to leaving their ears untreated or self-treated, wearing their shriveled, hardened waxen auricles as badges of honor.”

Those who choose to treat the injury often attempt to do so themselves, without professional consultation:

“The role of machismo extends to treatment, or lack thereof. Once the condition develops, some fighters seem willing to try anything as long as it does not involve a doctor. Many young men cannot afford medical care, but there is also a do-it-yourself ethic at work.”

Whatever the reasons behind this urge, it is obvious that a do-it-yourself approach when it comes to treating injuries is extremely dangerous. Here’s a youtube clip that shows how to “drain your cauliflower ear”.

I do not recommend it; anyone with a cauliflower ear should seek medical drainage as soon as possible. The hardened tissue in the ear is highly susceptible to infection, and instead of a “badge of honor”, an acute infection of the outer part of the ear could lead to getting a “no ear at all”.

We here in Akban started MMA-ing in the begining of the 1990’s and soon discovered that the best way to deal with it is using an ear protector.
image This is why so many of our veterans look like they are communicating with aliens. Well, who could tell what goes on in the mind of someone finishing 24 hours of sparring – maybe these contraptions are alien gear after all.

link to the IHT article

See also:
Head injuries in martial arts
Better to rest after a head injury