Posts from September 2014

Ninjutsu sessions for 28.9 – 3.10.2014


September 26, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

This week, it’s training as usual, including the Friday morning weapon session in AKBAN Tel Aviv.
At the Taijutsu groups we will do two levels. Beginners and intermediate level will practice four throws: Harai Goshi (kukishin), O guruma, Kani Basami and Yoko Sutemi and add three self defense kata of Koto Ryu.

The advanced veteran level will explore four different exit points from an even rhythm preliminary attacks. Oni Kudaki, an armlock that has been bothering me since the fourth colloquium, will be emphasized.
All the levels will repeat attack and defense syncopation and at the Jerusalem group we will use the punching bag for sequential Kihon work.
Friday group will continue Randori oriented sword drills and start short stick of Jogo do pau.

I attached three videos, the first one is Kani Basami throw, the second one is Kataho no kata and the third one is some great guy I found two years ago in YouTube who does the basics of Jogo du Pau and got only 96 view since, most of these are mine, I am sure.
Anyway, here’s this guy who does awesome stick with cool looking sunglasses in his dojo.

Video of Kani Basami

Video of Kataho

Video of basic Jogo de Pau strikes

Weekend quote – D&Y



Yossi Sheriff

When you walk alone, you must lower risks. “Play it safe. Choose a simpler route. learn the topography better. Carry more water. Lower luxury items and again, be prepared: know your map.”

You can not walk alone if you did not prepare your body and your mind set. You, you-yourself, is the most important piece of equipment you must prepare. Focus on preparing yourself. If you do not understand the details, do not go out alone, because, like randori, you will get hit if you lied to yourself.

Alone: do not sleep on the road or near the road, do not make noise, do not light a fire where you intend to sleep. If you are alone and you are looking for a place to sleep, look for a good place during the afternoon, remember its location, pass it. Then, if you want to light a fire, do so, cook, eat, drink tea. At dusk, pack your things and return quietly to where you you previously decided.

When you are alone, fear must pay you a visit. It might be daytime, it might be middle of the night, but it will visit. When fear comes to visit, be a good host, then let it depart on it’s way.

Taken with permission from “Kitab el AKBAN” D.&Y.
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A lesson from 1452 CE



Yossi Sheriff

Ninjutsu sessions will resume in Sunday, 28/9/2014.

Meanwhile here is a very nicely done video of La Sala delle Armi, a HEMA group from Torino who analyse and practice ancient weapon Kata and Randori, just like we do. This one is about Lignitzer’s sword and buckler techniques, from Codex Danzig.

Every part of this short video follows the exact way we work difficult situations. First the problem or the attack is presented, then a counter attack, and then a counter to the counter.

The stances are exact Kukishinden ryu, the color of the shirts looks familiar and the accuracy and seriousness are what I like to see in a research oriented dojo. Kudos.

Ninjutsu sessions for this week, 21-23/9/2014


September 20, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

This week, because of the Rosh Hashana holiday, we will miss some sessions. Training will be usual at Sunday, in the Jerusalem group, Monday, the Ramat Hasharon group, and Tuesday the Tel Aviv group. We will not train in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

We will continue with our main subject during the last month – the role, in kata, of the preliminary moves before the crux of the kata.

The preliminary moves in Ninjutsu techniques are rarely understood inside a methodical frame of reference. For us there are at least two reasons for these moves: preparing for the chaos in the Randori level and practicing awareness in a mutual skirmish that is not rhythmic.

We will work on immediate reaction to an opponent’s attack using punching gloves. I am attaching here some relevant videos. The first one explains these preliminary moves in Hane Taoshi kata, the second video shows Roger Maywater Junior teaching the same principle using distances that are closer then we use, and the third is another kata we are going to drill into – Tatsumaki.

Video of Hane taoshi

Video of close syncopation reactions

Video of Tatsumaki kata

Sword workshop this Friday and training for 14-19.9.2014


September 13, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday we will learn Bokken techniques in the Tel Aviv dojo.

  1. Time and address – Hayrkon 294 St. Tel Aviv | 19.9.2014| 08:00-10:00

During the week, at Tel Aviv dojo, Jerusalem dojo and Ramat Hasharon dojo we will continue to work in two levels. The basic and intermediate Ninjutsu groups will do arm locks, Daken and Ukemi. At the veterans’ groups we will complete the kata I didn’t finish teaching last week, namely Shio Kaze and Hosetsu and focus on the important Dofu no Kata. Dofu is the basis for the kata of the 5th Ninjutsu colloquium.

The kata for the veterans’ groups

  1. Dofu, (挐風), (Taking the wind) – Okuden gata level
  2. Shio Kaze, (塩風), (Salt wind) –  – Chuden gata level
  3. Hosetsu, (崩雪), (Avalanche) – Shoden gata level

Video of the advanced kata for this week

Weekend Quote – Roger Zelazny


September 11, 2014
Yossi Sheriff




“Lord Corwin of Amber!”

He was waiting for me as I rounded a bend in the depression, a big, corpse-colored guy with red hair and a horse to match. He wore coppery armor with greenish tracings, and he sat facing me, still as a statue.

“I saw you on the hilltop,” he said. “You are not mailed, are you?”

I slapped my chest.

He nodded sharply. Then he reached up, first to his left shoulder, then to his right, then to his sides, opening fastenings upon his breastplate. When he had them undone, he removed it, lowered it toward the ground on his left side and let it fall. He did the same with his greaves.

“I have long wanted to meet you,” he said. “I am Borel. I do not want it said that I took unfair advantage of you when I killed you.”

Borel . . . The name was familiar. Then I remembered. He had Dara’s respect and affection. He had been her fencing teacher, a master of the blade. Stupid, though, I saw. He had forfeited my respect by removing his armor. Battle is not a game, and I had no desire to make myself available to any presumptuous ass who thought otherwise. Especially a skilled ass, when I was feeling beat. If nothing else, he could probably wear me down.

“Now we shall resolve a matter which has long troubled me,” he said.

I replied with a quaint vulgarism, wheeled my black and raced back the way I had come. He gave chase immediately.

As I passed back along the culvert, I realized that I did not have a sufficient lead. He would be upon me in a matter of moments with my back all exposed, to cut me down or force me to fight. However, while limited, my choices included a little more than that.

“Coward!” he cried. “You flee combat! Is this the great warrior of whom I have heard so much?”

I reached up and unfastened my cloak. At either hand, the culvert’s lip was level with my shoulders, then my waist.

I rolled out of the saddle to my left, stumbled once and found my footing. The black went on. I moved to my right, facing the draw.

Catching my cloak in both hands, I swung it in a reverse-veronica maneuver a second or two before Borel’s head and shoulders came abreast of me. It swept over him, drawn blade and all, muffling his head and slowing his arms.

I kicked then, hard. I was aiming for his head, but I caught him on the left shoulder. He was spilled from his saddle, and his horse, too, went by.

Drawing Grayswandir, I leaped after him. I caught him just as he had brushed my cloak aside and was struggling to rise. I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

“Oh, basely done!” he cried. “I had hoped for better of thee!”

“This isn’t exactly the Olympic Games,” I said.




From Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny

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Sword seminar next Friday in AKBAN



Yossi Sheriff

Next Friday, 19.9.2014, 08:00-10:00 at the AKBAN Tel Aviv Honbu dojo, we will have the privilege of learning new techniques.

If you are from AKBAN please do not miss this seminar. Practitioners from other schools are welcomed. Please call or e-mail AKBAN first.

Here are some important links

    1. The 1st Bokken Katain the AKBAN wiki
    2. All the Katori techniques I documented on the AKBAN wiki

Training this week, 7-12.9.2014


September 6, 2014
Yossi Sheriff

We start this week with two syllabus, one for the veterans and one for the intermediate groups. In the basic and intermediate groups we will work with wrist armlocks against an opponent at the first and the second timing.

Friday morning is the time for weapon training.

In the Jerusalem intermediate group we will also practice Jugan and second timing, repeat punching drills and Zenpo Kaiten. The veterans’s groups will analyse three Kukishinden Ryu kata and emphasis the role of Zanshin in Kukishinden ryu kata learning method.

The Kata for the veteran groups are:

  1. Hane Taoshi from Okuden Gata
  2. Hosetsu  from Shoden Gata
  3. Shio Kaze from Chuden Gata