This is why skirts are better for men, especially in Israeli summer


July 15, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

What disappeared from our culture and most martial arts, and what we are desperately trying to save in our dojos, is the connection to nature.

Nature begins with being outside, walking outside.

Many activities have become a gym activities, boxed existence. In ancient Japanese budo, pupils used to walk for days just to reach a teacher. The necessity of moving on foot, to this day, for many people. Walking outside is a part of the human heritage that is becoming a novelty. Just as we preserve ancient martial traditions we should preserve this outside backdrop. The outside was once ingrained in our lives and so taken for granted, now we make the effort, even if it is on a hot summer day. So on many levels, just being outside, moving outside, without vehicles should be top priority because of mental health, physical health, martial abilities and ethics of mutual interdependence. So on many levels, just being outside, moving outside, without vehicles, or air condition, should be top priority because of mental health, physical health, martial abilities and ethics of mutual interdependence.

I will give a name for this treatment, I call it: “Respect”. Respect like this is the un-necessary, the un-reasonable, the un-expected respect and thus – a rare commodity.

Usually respect is directed to another human being as an expression of hierarchy and that person’s social status. But there is another form of respect. In the old school regime, respect is expressed also to a technique, an object, to a way of life. Through the observation and the action one can practice respect to movement, to someone, to something.

This week we will be training outside on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem groups. Hakama, battle skirt is only needed on the weapon classes. On other sessions, please bring punching equipment, water and extreme fitness.

Video of sword randori, July 14th, 2017

We Analyzed 403 katas. Here’s What We Learned (New Research)


July 8, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

We will be continuing our two months long exploration into ׳Mindless Mindfulness™ as means of augmenting kata into randori level using dyads and triads Q&A.
Please bring: Water, punching gloves, extreme fitness.

Video of hierarchies of order and chaos in practice

Weekend quote: Mrs. Nooyi


June 30, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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let me explain something to you. You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the board of directors. But when you enter this house, you’re the wife, you’re the daughter, you’re the daughter-in-law, you’re the mother. You’re all of that. Nobody else can take that place. So leave that damned crown in the garage. And don’t bring it into the house. You know I’ve never seen that crown.

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From The Atlantic
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This week, 25-29.6.2017


June 24, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

Over the last two months we have been working on fixing one of the main problems of applying the Methodical Pyramid in Ninjutsu, between the Kata and the Randori levels. I think we have exceptional results.

We will continue in this direction this week integrating knees and Kata Guruma.

Video of middle hold flowchart

Weekend quote – Jeff Bezos


June 23, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two — because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time.

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Kyoto (c) AKBAN