Posts from August 2015

Beginning of a new training year and the 120!


August 29, 2015
Yossi Sheriff

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


August 22, 2015
Yossi Sheriff

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


August 14, 2015
Yossi Sheriff

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 7, 2015
Yossi Sheriff

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