Posts from May 2016

Sessions this week, 29.5-2.6.2016


May 28, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday there will not be a session in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem dojos.

Another step on our way to the Blitz month, during the week we will continue introducing ground techniques, hone our special Kata Guruma Sutemi nage and improve fitness through a variation of the Tsuki Nagare drill.

The second group in Tel Aviv, (Tuesday 20:00), will do, among advanced randori preparation, striking drills. Please bring your punching gloves for the atemi.

The second Wednesday training session in Jerusalem (19:30) will be advanced Kata application. Teachers will be Zvica and Yoav. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook.

Video of an ancient poem, with Elad and Yoni

Weekend Quote – Carlos Castaneda


May 27, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions. His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. He must look at every path closely and deliberately. There is a question that a warrior has to ask, mandatorily: ‘Does this path have a heart?’ (1)

All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy—it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long as a man follows it, he is one with it. (1)

A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else. (2)

(1) The Teachings of Don Juan – Carlos Castaneda
(2) A Separate reality – Carlos Castaneda
2nd quote

A father, daughter and friend at Kibbutz Shoval, Israel, circa 1961. From “Homeward Bound.”
Credit Misa Rusek
Image credit: Misa Rusek, “A father, daughter and friend at Kibbutz Shoval”, Israel, circa 1961. From “Homeward Bound.”

Training this week, 22-27.5.2016


May 21, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

Greek instructors from AKBAN Greece will be joining us for Sunday in Jerusalem dojo and Monday in Ramat Hasharon dojo.

This intense internship, that started last week, consists of many hours of kata, Randori and Seishin Teki Kyoyo.

This Friday we’re having the regular session in Tel Aviv dojo. The session starts at 08:00 sharp.
An additional whatsup will outline the syllabus.
The Friday outside session in Jerusalem will not take place this week.

During the week we will continue working on coupling Tai otoshi and Kata Guruma from a modified 4.1 grip.

As a preparation for exams month and the August Blitz, we will start exploring two throws from pummeling positions.

Video of throws from a modified 4.1 grip

Sessions this week, 15-20.5.2016


May 14, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

At Friday, 20.5.2016, 08:00 sharp, we’ll be training at the Tel-Aviv dojo.

During the week we will do throws from the Tsuki Nagare drill and, in the veterans groups, will learn Kansetsu waza drill.
We are on our second week of preparations for the August Blitz in August (culminating in the “120!“) and the July belt exams.
This is the time to renew commitments to fitness and start running with our fitness course. We are preparing for a hot summer

Video of Tsuki Nagare outside

Weekend quote – David Foster Wallace


May 12, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

Because here’s something else that’s true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.

2nd quote

From the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address. In book here, “This is Water” or search Google for “This is water transcript”

image CC BY-ND 2.0 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/
image CC BY-ND 2.0 by brizzlebornandbred

Sessions this week, some changes because of Memorial day


May 6, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

This week, because of the Memorial day and, after it, Independence day, we will limit our training sessions.

Sunday and Monday sessions will take place as usual.

In Tuesday we will train in Gan Ha’atzmaut, from 18:00 till 20:00. There will not be any session in the dojo. We’ll be training 250 meters north of the Hilton Hotel and end the session at 20:00 because of the Memorial day service.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will not be any sessions.

I attach a video summery of the wonderful Passover seminar. These were four non-stop hours that we managed to fit into almost 6 minutes of video. We’re planing the next one soon.

Video of AKBAN Passover 2016 seminar

Weekend quote – Shmuel Yosef Agnon



Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

The wise men do not partake in leading the world because they know there are even wiser men and wish the world to be led by them. Meanwhile, up jump the fools and evil men and come and take the world into their hands and lead the world according to their evil and stupid ways.

2nd quote

From “Shira”, “שירה”, ש”י עגנון. הוצאת שוקן