Weekend quote – Tsur Sofer


November 10, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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I was not nervous, but mainly task oriented. When I drove to the emergency room (I drove for about fifteen minutes from the road and then hitchhiked), I sang a song from Mashina. I was not afraid of the consequences of the sting, because I assume that people always exaggerate the lethal potential of external harms that are not under our control (such as terror attacks, snake bites, etc.), and underestimate the lethal potential of external harms that are actually under our control.

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yellow scorpion
Image Bernard DUPONT CC BY-SA 2.0

Sessions and seminars, 31.9-10.10.2017


September 30, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

Last Friday, the 29th we had the season’s first morning session at sea shore. It was a blast.

In Sukkot we will have a Flexible weapons seminar, including power multipliers in urban environment. Here’s a link for registration.

Take a look at the updated calendar below. Happy Holidays.

Sessions this week and first outside seminar 2017


September 23, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

Before Yom Kipur, this Friday morning, 29.9.2017, 07:00-08:00, we will condense a fitness and technique seminar in the water at the sea shore. Wear AKBAN shorts and tee-shirt.

Here’s a link to registration page, number of places limited… click here to register (AKBAN Active students only).

In the dojo, we have been working on several subjects since the beginning of September: Several opponents, stance for grappling, combining kicks and strikes, evasion 7-8 and entering an arm lock from a double strike.

This week we will learn elbows and combine this with Jumonji and sharp weapons, in preparation for Sukkot Sharp weapons seminar.

Weekend quote – Bernard Stiegler


September 8, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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Initially, the web was not designed for capturing data: it was a space for publication, whose success was related to the opportunity to participate in public life through publication.

In the Renaissance, printing opened out the public space that we call the letters’ republic. The web potentially opens a new space that one can call the Digital Republic. The is what happened at the beginning but quickly, and especially in the ten years since the introduction of social networks, the internet has become a system for capturing behaviour, for the development of what the Belgian lawyer Antoinette Rouvroy calls algorithmic governmentality, by which she means the control of individuals by algorithms.

From Comment survivre à la «disruption» in Le Temps (French)

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Beginning of training year 2017-2018


September 2, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

Rituals have energy, but the proper routine has hidden power. A training regime that is going on correctly is the engine of a long train whose cars will push to keep moving even if the locomotive thinks about stopping.

Yossi Sheriff
Our routine, at the beginning of every fall, is a reminder. We walk on an ancient trail that went on for hundreds of years, a path whose song line I received from my teacher, Doron Navon, a path of martial arts practice. On this centuries-old road, weapons have changed, enemies became friends and we do not yet know what foxes we will see, what hides behind the curve. Modernity makes old paths disappear, sometimes it’s unseen, hardly threaded.

It’s not enough to walk, you have to walk in a certain style. It’s important to know what language we speak, what is my family name, what is your family name, what is our family name, what is our uniform, where we did start and where we will not set foot.

This reminder is a choice, this choice is not comfortable.

In AKBAN we wear black gi. Beginners wear pants and upper jacket, advanced practitioners, from three years onward, wear the Hakama, Japanese combat skirt. On the chest, on the left side, an embroidered Akban Kamon.

This is how we start training from tomorrow, September 2017 till July 2018, preparing for the next Blitz.

This is the 31st year I teach. This is ritual and the routine of what we do.

Black pants and Gi jacket for beginners, and for veterans, black Hakama, black Gi.

Sunday, 18:00-20:00, Municipal martial arts center, Tedi Stadium, Jerusalem
Monday, 19:00-20:30, Hakatedra, Ramat Hasharon
Tuesday, 18:00-20:30, Ironi He, 294 Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv
Wednesday, 18:00-20:00, 20:00-21:00, Municipal martial arts center, Tedi Stadium, Jerusalem
Thursday, 18:00-20:00, Ironi He, 294 Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv