Posts from February 2016

Training this week, 28.2-4.3.2016


February 26, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday, 4.3.2016, at 08:00 sharp, in Tel Aviv dojo, we will conduct a phase 1 DETANT seminar. In this seminar we practice emotional control. At the phase 2 DETANT seminar we learn, based on the knowledge from phase 1, conflict management and deescalation techniques.

The registration form will go public next week. Since the number of practitioners in each seminar is limited to 12, we sold out in a matter of minutes, when the registration went online. I apologise for this. Conducting these seminars with many pupils dilutes the practice and I am committed to transferring the material thoroughly. I hope that till the end of 2016 all the veterans that want to, can do phase 1 and some will even do phase 2 of this indispensable knowledge.

During the week we will continue to repeat and expand on techniques we have been learning over the last weeks. Theses include movement characteristics, sabaki and attacks in kata. We will also expand on chocks and pressure points plus arm-locks. All this while advancing toward a more precise exams syllabus.

Video of some of the requirements for exams in Ninjutsu

Weekend quote – Adam M.



Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

“But how do I relate to all the Hodge-podge written here”, asks the average Ninja, and that’s exactly what I like. The Israeli Ninja is a Sabra through and through, he is not a person of subtle hints and intricacies, a no-bulshit man. But he doesn’t stop thinking, doesn’t take anything for granted, he want’s you to either do something for real or shut up, so at this stage, I’ll just shut up.

2nd quote

Translated from the Hebrew article at “דו”, “טריקה”, “דרך”

This week in the dojo, 21-25.2.2016


February 20, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday we will not have a session due to the Tel Aviv Marathon. Good luck to the runners.

During the week we will take some time off from the technical sabaki work we have been doing and work strangulation techniques and their counters. We will emphasise techniques with high level of violence.

Video of front tracheal break

Video of defense against front tracheal choke

Sessions this week and an Instructors’ seminar, 14-19.2.2016


February 13, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday, 19.2.2016, 08:00 sharp, at AKBAN Tel Aviv, we will have a Colloquium Zuta, for AKBAN instructors, brown and black belts only.

In this Colloquium Zuta (link to Facebook) we will go over an improved deep framework for a methodical structure for belt exams. This deep model is the result of the thorough work we have been doing in examining, reconstructing and practicing Takamatsu den kata and distilling the insights into the Methodical pyramid.

During the week, at the various dojos, we will devote part of the session to combining gloved atemi work with advanced sabaki. Additional two thirds of the session time will emphasise flowcharts from throws into sutemi waza and armlocks.

Video of Kani Basami throw

Weekend quote – Museum of English Rural Life


February 12, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

So, this retired rodent had managed to sneak past University of Reading security, exterior doors and Museum staff, and clambered its way up into our Store. Upon finding itself there it would have found the promised land; a mouse paradise laid before it full of straw, wood and textiles.

Then, out of thousands of objects, it chose for its home the very thing designed to kill it some 150 years ago: a mouse trap.

2nd quote
mouse, trapped

From: Museum of English Rural Life blog, 3rd in February 2016

Training this week, 7-11.2.2016


February 6, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday there will not be an ECR session.

In training this week we will continue the integration of the advanced sabaki we have been learning over the last few weeks into the first segment.

We will learn a framework for training at home using this sabaki, and will also use the metronome to practice these techniques with attack syncopations.

Video of simple syncopation in traditional kata