This Friday (9.11.2012) at 16:00, I finished the most difficult and excruciating training session I have ever done. It was a present I gave myself towards my approaching 50th birtday – I have finished a brilliant 24 hour – nonstop sparring. It was extreme, at times it was close to impossible, it was beautiful.
The AKBAN “24″ starts at 16:00, continues through the night, with no sleep or rest, and concludes at next day’s sunset, at 16:00. Only few minutes are allowed every hour and these are devoted to streching and replenishing callories. After these five minutes we change partners and continue sparring (striking, kicking, throws and ground work) for another hour. AKBAN Academy members were documented for the Guiness book of records in 2003 (Hebrew link), then, because of a rare October heat wave, we were stopped by the resident M.D. required by Guiness because many were becoming dehidrated. The AKBAN fitness routine prepares us well – We have done Marathons and Ultras, but this “24″ is the toughest, most difficult thing we do.
I would like to commend all those veterans who came, and for some reason, could not stand on their feet and had to stop, this time. Coming for a “24″, with the severe weather we had, is an corageous thing, and giving the sparring all you got is the goal itself. It is no secret that at the 2003 and 2004 “24″ I had to stop and rest. The way you gave this session your best inspires me – thank you!
For many reasons (mainly because we had a severe weather warning) I cancelled all the TV crews and photographers that were comming to document our stragle. It was for the best. With no worries, no social scene to take care of, I was free for the first time in many years to fight this one myself, and fight I did because of the star veterans team I had with me on the mountain this year.
In a stark contrast to the 2004 freak hail storm (Hebrew link) we had, the mountain’s Kami hugged us with the most spectacular lightning storm we have ever seen. For hours, the western horizon, sometimes as close as the near Summits, was lit by the dangerous and illuminating lightning strikes. On both sides of the mountain it rained, but we felt only few drops and enjoyd the benevolence of a daytime protective cloud cover that cleared, on demand, at sunset.
I am full of gratitude and respect to AKBAN instructors who were my amazing sparring partners: Navot Tamari headmaster of Pardes Hana AKBAN dojo, Elad Nagar headmaster of Haifa dojo, Assaf Hochman headmaster of Modiin Reut dojo, Lior Katz headmaster of Rehovot dojo. Also big hugs and thanks to the black belts I fought with through the long night: Yuval, Guy, Carmel, Ran, Raam. Thank you all, my friends, may God bless you. See you next year at the AKBAN “24″.
We will be celebrating the end of the yearly Ninjutsu techniques syllabus at the restaurant of one of AKBAN veterans, the highly acclaimed Mazaki Yemenite delicatessen in Rehovot. At 26.10.2012, starting from 11 AM we will meet and eat at Arlozorov 85, Rehovot, at the Mazaki restaurant.
We will enjoy the ‘kid popular’ meatballs in red sauce, fragrant rice with broad beans, ice cold beer for the non-drivers and ice cold Kvass for the drivers, Hilbe, Hummus, fiery Zhug and Malabi.
Bring your kids and come join us celebrating another year of dojo time.
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One of the more prominent martial arts teachers in Israel, Miles Kessler Sensei (5th Dan black belt), opens up a new Aikido class for beginners, in Tel Aviv.
I met Miles when he agreed to document Aikido weapon techniques on the AKBAN wiki. He did this brilliantly, I was amazed by his flawless technique and his spiritual orientation.
Recently I heard from one of his students that a new opportunity opens up to learn basic Aikido, it’s techniques, principles and philosophy in just over 6 weeks.
Aikido is a wonderful martial art and this is the best way to enter it, learning with a top notch instructor who was an Uchideshi for 8 years at Iwama dojo – Japan, a patient and thorough instructor.
FREE introduction evening on 28\6\2012
I just dug up the facebook event page and here’s the phone number: 03-562-4164. Give them a call. You will love it.