Posts from November 2013

Weekly Ninjutsu plan for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo, 1-5/12/2013


November 30, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

This week at our Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon dojos (Hebrew links) we will use the Tsuki, Tsukidaoshi and Oshidashi training method we have been working on to practice reaction against non-linear attacks.

Many Japanese systems use linear attacks as a training aid, they do this for many reasons. Among other things, linear attacks are easier to predict and time and allow development of a larger technical vocabulary. Aikido weapon syllabus is an example of a system that uses the fine resolution of working, at the training phase, against linear attacks, to create highly advanced technical syllabus. Some sword systems do the same.

The criticism against solely linear emphasis in training is that most randori and tatakai movements are more chaotic and, for lack of other word, ‘spiral’. There are many ways of meeting a non-linear attack, but one of the easiest is a counter attack.

This week we will check advanced methods of confronting chaotic attacks: applying the sabaki according to opponent’s body position and not limbs, timing the attack with his breathing patterns, using Koku no kata and attacking while half grappling.

We will start working with appropriate breathing for conflict resolution and get to know the five major circumstances of Kiai usage.

Please do not forget to bring punching gloves as we always validate our Ninjutsu with randori.

For questions, please call me at:052-5108747

The sessions start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

We upload selected Ninjutsu lessons to the Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Weekend quote – Ellis Amdur


November 29, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

These are two main kiai (used) one for calling or pulling your opponent toward you (TOH!) and the deciding kiai.
This final kiai is executed in two ways: a short, forceful “EH!” to accompany and strengthen cuts and a piercing “spiraling” manner “Eeeeehhh!” to enhance thrusts.
Smoothness of breath and the maintenance of postural integrity while breathing deeply are emphasized.

2nd quote

From Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions, Ellis Amdur

Weekly Ninjutsu plan for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo, 24-28/11/2013


November 23, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

This week at our Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon dojos (Hebrew links) we will explore more intricate techniques and movements against several attackers.

I want to thank Ze’ev Erlich Sensei for diercting my attention to the wonderful work of Gozo Shioda Sensei against multiple opponents. Gozo Shioda Sensei uses, in the clip attached, several reactions against a rushing opponent, he stops the trajectory applying 180 degrees technique or he joins and blends with the attackers energy,

We will try to adapt the our method and work it with Ninjutsu syllabus of medium levels of violence techiques.

Please do not forget to bring punching gloves as we always validate our Ninjutsu with randori.

For questions, please call me at:052-5108747

The sessions start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

We upload selected Ninjutsu lessons to the Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Weekly Ninjutsu plan for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo, 17-21/11/2013


November 16, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

This week at our Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon dojos (Hebrew links) we will start practicing with the sabaki and timing against several attackers.

Opinions in several training place concerning multiple opponent control vary, and are sometimes pretty unreal. Analyzing multiple opponent scenarios show that the lone defender is disadvantaged against any number of multiple attackers.

Beyond recommending avoidance and retreat, we know that it is not possible on all scenarious and that fighting is sometimes inevitable and must be done with full force and determination to survive.

Last year we learned a basic tactic called the Hashira Hakaisha, and this semester we will start with this technique and proceed to explore more advanced modes of fighting against several opponents.

Please do not forget to bring punching gloves as we always validate our Ninjutsu with randori.

For questions, please call me at:052-5108747

The sessions start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

We upload selected Ninjutsu lessons to the Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Weekend quote – Jonathan Haidt


November 15, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote
It is easier to study verbal reasoning than it is to study emotions and intuitions, but reasoning may be the tail wagged by the dog.

The dog itself may turn out to be moral intuitions and emotions such as empathy and love (for positive morality) and shame, guilt, and remorse, along with emotional self-regulation abilities.

A dog’s tail is worth studying because dogs use their tails so frequently for communication. Similarly, moral reasoning is worth studying because people use moral reasoning so frequently for communication.

To really understand how human morality works, however, it may be advisable to shift attention away from the study of moral reasoning and toward the study of intuitive and emotional processes.

2nd quote

From: Jonathan Haidt, The Emotional Dog and Its Rational Tail: A Social Intuitionist Approach to Moral Judgment, University of Virginia

Planned Ninjutsu session, AKBAN Tel Aviv – 14.11.2013


November 13, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

A reminder, we are training at our temporary dojo, 193 Ben Yehuda st. 1st floor.

This Thursday we will work ontai sabaki against an attack and tactics for opponent control in elbow armlocks.

The sessions will start with kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

I upload selected Ninjutsu lessons to the Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Tel Aviv Martial arts academy – AKBAN
Call us: 052-5108747

Session of combat Ninjutsu in the Tel Aviv dojo
Starts: 11/14/2013 6:00PM

Ends: 2013-11-14:00.000
Duration: 02:00

Ben Yehuda 193
Tel Aviv
Israel

13.11.2013, Planned Ninjutsu training – AKBAN Jerusalem


November 12, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

This Wednesday we will continue to work with stronger and more coherent Tsuki from Uke.

The sessions start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

I upload selected Ninjutsu lessons to the Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Jerusalem Martial arts academy – AKBAN
Phone:052-5108747

Ninjutsu planned techniques and syllabus for AKBAN Jerusalem dojo
Starts: 11/13/2013 6:30PM

Ends: 2013-11-13:00.000
Duration: 03:00

Tedi stadium, Municipal martial arts center
Jerusalem
Israel

Researching our martial past – Lars Andersen, master archer



Yossi Sheriff

I often think what a joy it would be if I had the real knowledge of a primus palus Murmillo Gladiator or the small details of the Mongol techniques. The hope of re-discovering ancient techniques and knowledge has fueled many research endeavors in AKBAN and also our encyclopedia, a strive to document in a wiki all the knowledge and insights of our art.

I love seeing so many similar efforts of re-learning and discovering good, effective techniques. It seems that many problems we, modern 21st century people, encounter and are baffled by, have been solved hundreds and thousands of years ago. I just watched a video of an architect re-discovering the ancient art of building a brick Roman arch. His team of builders had to work both creatively and with great care as the pragmatic stages of building such an arch are not written and practically forgotten.

Lars Andersen joins Lajos Kassai and others in trying and succeeding to breath life into relics of our violent past.

The research side of my profession, a traditional martial arts teacher, seems like the essence of the Jurassic park movie, we take ancient DNA of long gone dinosaurs and breath life into it. The results are magical and Lars Andersen exemplifies this process with his uncanny abilities with the bow.

Shooting faster then Legolas, hitting the target with three arrows while falling from a horse, are great examples that open a possible window to Mongol and Arab archery techniques. The icing on this cake is the Motorcycle shooting test, applying the technique correctly but adapting it to modern times. Touché!