Posts from January 2014

Weekend quote – Sun Tzu, 孫子


January 31, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable;
when using our forces, we must seem inactive;
when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him.
If he is in superior strength, evade him.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.
Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.
If his forces are united, separate them.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.

兵者,詭道也。故能而示之不能,用而示之不用,近而示之遠,遠而示之近。利而誘之,亂而取之,實而備之,強而避之,怒而撓之,卑而驕之,佚而勞之,親而離之。攻其無備,出其不意,此兵家之勝,不可先傳也。
2nd quote

From: 孫子兵法 – The Art of War, Sun Tzu

The Art of war

Schedule for 26-31.1.2014, plus the 2014 1st. Ninjutsu colloquium


January 25, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

We are back at our regular Tel Aviv dojo, 294 Hayarkon St. At all the other dojos we’ll be training as usual.

Please mark Friday the 31st, 08:00-10:00 at the Tel Aviv dojo. We are having 2014 1st. Ninjutsu colloquium dealing with integration of kata material at the Takamatzu Den Ninjutsu and changing Tatakai, combat, details. The colloquium is suitable for students with more then 3 dojo years.

This week we will explore both Nage waza and Ukemi work. Special emphasis will be on close quarter vital points for self defence.

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 – Alex Wellerstein


January 24, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

There are better and worse ways to wage war. Both ethically, from the point of view of who gets killed and how they get killed, but also from the standpoint of achieving practical ends that you can live with in the peacetime. If one declares that the only options are pacifism or “anything goes,” one slides down a pretty nasty slope awfully quickly. One gets what Conant is trying to indicate — that war itself is the problem, not the means — but saying that the means are just details of immorality seems to be just a bit too dismissive for me.
Nations that decide that the methods of war are just practical details, become the stuff of nightmares.

2nd quote

From: Conant’s war: Inside the Mouse-Trap – blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/

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CC image poppy dusk by Jon Bunting – lovingyourwork.com

Weekly Ninjutsu plan for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo, 19.1.2014 – 23.1.2014


January 18, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

19 January update: We are returning to our regular dojo. 294 Hayarkon St.
At all the other dojos we’ll be training as usual.

We will be using the 4.1 combo to enter Kansetsu waza and Nage waza timed with the fast sabaki step we have been learning lately.

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.

The 2013 AKBAN website summery


January 13, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

152,703 readers visited the akban.org site. On average each read a bit more then 3 pages and spent more then 4 minutes pondering our organization visiting card. 30% returned to read more.

We had 4,469,699 views of AKBAN YouTube channel and added 8,717 subscribers so now we are nearing 20,000 subscribers.

I wrote more than 700 articles, posts and fitness charts dealing with Conflict management, our core martial practice – Combat oriented Ninjutsu, and honed the AKBAN Hebrew fitness program (Marathon table included).

For 2014 I plan videoing missing kata from several ryu and focusing on conflict analysis and prevention for the academy’s company – DETANT.

I want to thank you, students and readers. I am committed to this documentation project and to the research and practice it ensues.

My respect to you.

akban.org 2013 analytics

Weekly Ninjutsu plan for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo, 12.1.2014-16.1.2014


January 11, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

This Tuesday in Tel Aviv we will be at the temporary dojo at 193 Ben Yehuda St. At all the other dojos we’ll be training as usual.

We are starting to integrate the reciprocal sequence combos we have been training with into the kata practice from three Ninjutsu systems: Koto ryu, Gyokko ryu and Fudo Ryu.

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 – Bret Victor


January 10, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

Reading Tip #1
It’s tempting to judge what you read:

I agree with these statements, and I disagree with those.

However, a great thinker who has spent decades on an unusual line of thought cannot induce their context into your head in a few pages. It’s almost certainly the case that you don’t fully understand their statements.

Instead, you can say:

I have now learned that there exists a worldview in which all of these statements are consistent.

And if it feels worthwhile, you can make a genuine effort to understand that entire worldview. You don’t have to adopt it. Just make it available to yourself, so you can make connections to it when it’s needed.

2nd quote
From Bret Victor
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Weekly Ninjutsu plan for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramat Hasharon dojo, 5.1.2014-9.1.2014


January 5, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

This Tuesday in Tel Aviv we will be at the temporary dojo at 193 Ben Yehuda St unless we’ll get the papers from the Tel Aviv municipality. At all the other dojos we’ll be training as usual.

We will alternate and use arm-locks and throws while adding to our growing striking syllabus.

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.