It’s been years, but ever since I started writing the AKBAN wiki, I have been hearing the same points again and again. Students and readers have been complaining: “the wiki is too big, I can’t find the techniques I am looking for” and so on. This drives me to put more effort on things like user interface, content strategy and better video editing.
I invest respect in this platform of teaching, just like I invest it on my dojo. My craft gets better because of it.
The analytics of akban.org show a steady 16,000 readers a month, a high 33% returning readers and all with an average of almost 7 minutes on site. But even such an unexpected popularity can not mask the faults me and AKBAN members find, so I invest extra time and effort to arrange the information (mind boggling 5000+ techniques) so they are easier to find
I hope the effort makes the orientation a little better, but I know, there’s plenty of space for improvement.
The problem was bothering me, with a growing and loyal base of 15,000 readers, each month, the page that scared everybody was the front page of the AKBAN wiki.
Here I was, thinking that everyone would be interested in seeing 1000+ links. Wrong. 70% saw this and clicked away.
So, for more then three months Keith and me relearned CSS3 documentation, coded like crazies, sketched on napkins, notebooks and in the air and at gave the wiki a Ninjutsu recommendation: “Breath” we ordered it, and it did. We cleaned, curated and made clear.
We now have an airy page, with loose shoulders and a proud gaze. We are the largest database of its kind, and we are steadily growing.
So check it out, here’s the link, click around, write pointy criticisms or just train.
I can write and say a lot here, but I think that I can sum it up by this: New Ninjutsu portal on the wiki, linked fro the top bar too, Missing a lot, but still the biggest resource on the net for Ninjutsu techniques.
Have a good weekend.
I had a little more time to write this week, so now the second and third levels, Chuden-gata and Sabaki-gata, of Kukishin Ryu martial art is in the AKBAN wiki, ready and organized.
Clicking on the category links above allows a quick scan of all the video techniques on one page, or you can use the lists to explore each technique individually.
Last weeks have been very busy in the AKBAN wiki. New articles and techniques were added and a minor button on the top navigation allows us to browse random techniques.
Content wise I have now arranged all the Kukishin Ryu kata of the first, Shoden gata, level. Video of the Kata of the Okuden gata level were uploaded earlier today to our YouTube feed and I thank the veterans who helped me document the valuable information.
Slowly, like a snail, I am writing the huge Ninjutsu syllabus. Last month I finished the Koto ryu kata, now the logical continuation is Gyokko ryu. This is the first strategy level, the Jo ryaku no maki.
As I am preparing for the launch next week of our mobile site and with it our double secret “AKBAN Dojo to database project” (ADoDB) (Thanks Arik Hatuel) I took the time to almost finish documenting Koto ryu kata in English and also on the Hebrew wiki summery.
We still have several kata missing, mainly from the Kaiden Gata (皆伝型) level, but most of it is on site.
Here are this week kata articles:
While working together with Keith on our mobile site, I managed to finish the Hekito gata level (with the online help of Z., one of the veterans).
Clicking on the Hekito gata category shows a list of articles, all of them with video that was filmed and edited in our facility, all of them linked to the Hebrew הקיטו גטה.
Keith and I are working on an update to the site that will make mobile browsing better and get rid of several bugs we discovered. This will probably take few weeks. Meanwhile I still enjoyed finding the time to write and update several articles, mainly in Koto ryu. Here they are: