Black Belts in AKBAN

The mission of the Black Belts in AKBAN is to promote martial arts practice, improve physical and mental health while engaging in education, research, methodology, ethics, online teaching and technology development. These empower teachers and practitioners to create connected, decentralized, autonomous and humane, communities.


Toshitsugu Takamatsuו
Toshitsugu Takamatsu (1889-1972)

Quote: "Strong as a bamboo, beautiful like a flower"

Masaaki Hatsumi
Masaaki Hatsumi, Founder of Bujinkan
Quote: "The first priority is winning without fighting"
Doron Navon Shihan
Doron Navon, Meditation Master, Feldenkrais Method teacher, Judo 4th Dan (Kodokan), first Bujinkan western Shihan.
Quote: "Don't walk through walls"
Book: "The Guide for the Perplexed", Maimonides


Yossi Sheriff, AKBAN founder
Yossi Sheriff, AKBAN Academy founder, teaching since 1984
Quotes: Link
Books: "the Bible", "Elvi Burtanum Fjorden" Olav Hauge, "The Warrior Koans: Early Zen in Japan" Trevor Leggett, "Chovot HaLevavot" Bahye ben Joseph ibn Pakuda
Movies: "Les Bidasses S'En Vont En Guerre", "Arrival"

מיכאל ליסק
Michael Lissak, Corporate Environmental Responsibility, Teacher, practices since 1985, member of AKBAN Think Tank
Books: "Two She-Bears: A Novel, Meir Shalev", "The Lord of the Rings" J. R. R. Tolkien
Meetings with Remarkable Men, G. I. Gurdjieff
Quote:"To truly know the world, look deep within yourself. To truly know yourself, take a real interest in the world." Rudolf Steiner.

עמוס ירום
Amos Yarom, Professor of Physics, trains since 1986, Specialises in Unified Field and String theory.
Quote: "If the Problem doesn't have a solution, it is not a problem"
Inspiration: The unique scent in the desert air in early morning, when I'm still in my sleeping bag, "Into Thin Air" Jon Krakauer, Qui-Gon Jinn meditating in the battlefield

שי דיל
Shai Dill, Advocate,corporate law, securities and crowd funding, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions and privacy and data protection issues. Practices since 1986.
Quote: "Give more then you receive"

גיא רנן
Guy Renan, MA in East Asian studies, Japanese native speaker and lecturer, practices since 1986.
Quote: "The sound of the Gion Shoja bells echoes the impermanence of all things... the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust in the wind." Heike Monogatari
Inspiration: "The Seven samurai" Akira Korosawa, "Gates of Fire" Steven Pressfield, "Born to Run" Christopher McDougall

Dan Hashimshoni, PhD Physics, Epitomee Medical.
The most relaxing Book: "The Critique of Pure Reason", Immanuel Kant

שי דקל
Shai Dekel, Mathematics, visiting Associate Professor, Approximation Theory, Harmonic analysis, Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence. Practices in AKBAN since 1993.
Quote: "It all has to do with ‘geometry’ of the data"

יואב אלטרמן
Yoav Alterman, Engineering and Communication systems.
Books: "Across the Nightingale Floor" Gillian Rubinstein, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" Yuval Noah Harari, "The Lord of the Rings" J. R. R. Tolkien
Movies: "Zatōichi", "Blade Runner"
Quote: "In a place where there is no man be a man" Pirkei Avot

ליאור כץ
Lior Katz, AKBAN Kfar Bilu Headmaster, Board Certified Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sports injuries, practices since 1987
Quote: "To do the same thing and expect a different result is insanity"
Books: "The Bible", "Born to Run" Christopher McDougall, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" Gabriel García Márquez

אסף הוכמן
Assaf Hochman, Practices since 1987, assistant professor at the Institute of Earth Sciences Hebrew University. Interested in reducing climate and weather prediction uncertainties across spatial and temporal scales, especially over vulnerable populated regions.
Books: "The Lord of the Rings" J. R. R. Tolkien, "The Teachings of Don Juan", "Journey to Ixtlan" Carlos Castaneda

אלי שיריאן
Eli Shirian, Practices since 1991.
My book: The sea, the deepest book there is. And also, the lessons that big waves teach me, lessons about fear, happiness and flowing with the challenges.

שמוליק בר קנא
Samuel Brk, AKBAN Rishon Lezion Headmaster, Practices since 1992, Teacher, Personal coaching.
Quote: "Before we change the world, we must change our selves"
Books: "The AKBAN Desert Notebook", Dan Hashimshoni & Yossi sheriff. "The Methodical Pyramid" Yossi Sheriff, "Tree Climbing for Land walkers",Dan Hashimshoni

דניאל גולדפרב
Daniel Goldfarb, Freelance Illustrator, Practices since 1991
Quote:״Time is never time at all/ You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth״

גדי חדאד
Gadi Hadad, AKBAN Tivon Headmaster, Physical Therapist, Practices since 1993
Books: "Al Hatshuva" Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, "The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years"Chingiz Aitmatov
Quote: "Love work, loath mastery over others," Pirkei Avot

Ra'am Manzur, AKBAN Pardes Hana Headmaster, In AKBAN since 1998, practices since 1991, teacher,

Book: "The Lord of the Rings" J. R. R. Tolkien

Quote: "We are constantly preparing for the "moment" for something special to happen. Every workout is a "moment" and a workout without asking questions is strength. This is the power of habit. The power begins with the fact that we fight with our back to the wall. Training is not an option."

יעד בן דוד

Ya'ad Ben David, AKBAN Holon Headmaster, Practices since 1991, in AKBAN since 2006,
Books: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"Robert M. Pirsig, "Tao Te Ching" Laozi, "The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka"


Gaby Frishlander, Practices since 1978, Niradin teacher

Movie: "My Dinner with Andre"

Quote: "The unfearful heart harbours no malice"

כרמל ציטרונבלט

Carmel Zitronblat, AKBAN Jerusalem Headmaster, practices since 1989,Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,Birder, member

Books: "1Q84" Haruki Murakami,"Two She-Bears: A Novel", "His House in the Desert", Meir Shalev

Quote: "If one does not do, one is never wrong"

רן לב ארי

Ran Levari, AKBAN Berlin Headmaster, practices since 1984, in AKBAN since 2006

Quote: "A job worth doing is worth doing well"

Teachers I like: Yoda, Mr Myagi and Chiun from "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins"

עודד לוי

Oded Levi, AKBAN Toronto Headmaster, Creative director practices since 1999

No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.

Vasilis Panagiotou
Vasilis Panagiotou, AKBAN Greece headmaster.

Aris Pitas
Aris Pitas, AKBAN Atika headmaster,

רמי לרנר

Rami Lerner, practices since 1989,VP Systems and Architecture

Quote: "Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words/ Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions/ Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits/ Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character/ Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny"

ריבוע אפור
Zvica Lekah, practices since 1988

דני הרשקוביץ
Danny Hershkovitz, Leadership studies, and Human System Analysis.

יניב מימון

Yaniv Maimon, CEO Personal Trainers, Practices since 1991
Inspiration: Physical activity and movement research

Quote: "Train hard, fight easy"

חזקיה יהב

Hizkiya Yahav, Practices since 1977, in AKBAN since 1989, Senior Electrical Engineer.

Books: "Menorat Hamaor" Rabi Yzhak Abuhav, "Chovot HaLevavot" Bahye ben Joseph ibn Pakuda

Quote: "If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."

טל גדיש

Tal Gadish, Software Engineer, Practices since 1990

Quote: "If you smile too widely, your missing tooth might show"

Books: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, "The White Tiger", Aravind Adiga, “Kizurey derekh ha-baita” [Shortcuts Home] Alex Epstein

Movies: "Starwars", "X-Men", "12 Monkies"

ריבוע אפור

Yuval Maron,Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Practices since 1995

Quote: "In the history of the world there is one thing that money can not buy, the dog's happy tail wagging"

עופר מזרחי

Ofer Mizrahi, Contractor, Carpenter, Beekeeper. Practices since 1998

Quotes: "When you make honey, suddenly everyone has jars", "Stories are mightier than swords. Swords kill in the immediate vicinity, stories kill for generations to come"

Three things I like to do: Listen to experienced people, wake up before everybody does, do a clean job.

יוני בן דור

Yoni Ben Dor, Percussionist, Herbal Medicine expert, Instructor in "Shomrei Hagan", Practices since 2009
Inspiration: Iron Maiden, Carlos Castaneda,Tao Te Ching, Star Wars, My Teachers, Old Civilizations.

Quote: "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Nia Fayler

Nia Fayler, Developmental Astrology. Practices since 1992
Quote: “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.”

דביר עדוי
Dvir Adwi

אלעד בר
Elad Bar, Visionary Teacher, Practices since 1994

אורי יריב
Uri Yariv. Practices since 2009

Inspiration: "Book Of Five Rings", Myamoto Musashi, All the books of Haim Shapira, Ronen Bergman, "Life of Pie" The movie

יואב כפיר

Yoav Kfir, CPA, CEO Var Management, Practices since 1987
Quote: "In a debt settlement, one has to maximise equity because at the bottom line there is only one plate."

רונן ניר

Ronen Nir, Advocate, Practices since 2009

Books: "The Bible", "Tao Te Ching" Laozi, "All Quiet on the Western Front", Erich Maria Remarque

ספי האוסליך
Sefi Hauslich

ריבוע אפור
Yair Mamo

ריבוע אפור
Danny Yafit,Physician, resident in ears, nose and throat medicine. Practices since 1989

מירב סוויסה
Merav Suissa, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Shiatsu.Practices since 1988

אבישי מזרחי
Avishay Mizrahi

אור צביבך

Or Zvibach, Industrial Engineer, R.O.D, Practices since 1991
Quote: "When things get messed up, return to basics״

Book: ״The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game״, Michael Lewis

אמיר צפון

Amie Zafon, Practices since 2003

Quote: "Life is what happens while you plan something else"
Inspiration: Robert Heinlein, Nature walks, History

ציון כהן
Zion Cohen

נבות תמרי
Navot Pele Tamari

דודי אוחיון
Dudi Ohaion. Practices since 1996

נדב דיין
Nadav Dayan

בני סמרס
Benni Summers

דני לוריה
Danny Luria

לירן שריג
Liran Sarig

אבנר אלפרוביץ׳
Avner Aferovich

ריבוע אפור
Ariel Bino

יורם קליגמן
Yoram Kligman

אמיר חיימי
Amir Haimi

יניב ברודי
Yaniv Brody

מתן דיוולד
Matan Diwald

יורי נולמן
Yuri Nulman

ריבוע אפור
Dudi Gordon

גדעון זגהר
Gideon Zaghar

דיויד גדפקר

David Gedepker, Practices since 2010, Electrical and electronics engineering.

Quote: "Honor thy mother and thy father"

נועם הדרי

Noam Hadari
Quote: Everyone should have two pockets, the contents of them he'll use when he'll need to. In one pocket there will be a note—"The world was made in my honour", and in the other pocket—"And I am dirt and ashes״

Book: "A Song of Ice and Fire", George R. R. Martin

יוני זיו
Yoni Ziv

אריה זיידן
Arie Zaidan

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Amir Swisa

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Dan Pomer

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Adam Myodownik

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Oren Perez

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Nimrod Lucas

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Dan Calrman

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Eshel Marko

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Miky Federman

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Gali Riemer

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Lior Nahmani

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Guy Sharon

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Zahi Grimland

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Eyal Grontman

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Ygal Kushnir

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Tal Flint

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Eli Robinson

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Yaron Konigsberg

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Sharon Ba'al Zedaka

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Shmulik Karp

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Oded Zilberberg

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Danny Brudner

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Adi Flint

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Shon London

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Shai Nahari

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Guy Kligman

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Steven Little

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Eyal Rosenwein

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Silviu Berko

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Roi Golombik

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Shar Gross

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Tal Rosenwein

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Kfir Mazaki

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Yuval Yarmolowski

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Yotam Yosefian

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Michael Koleman

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Lotem Bergman

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Yonathan Calderon

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Ariel Friedman

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Roi Reimer

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Dan Gashai

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Eyal Yaish

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Eldar Riklis

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Noam Shai

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Matan Malewski

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Daniel Miodovnik

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Ido Levit

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Ran Camun

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Eyal Ron

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Shamulik Yeshaia

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Ran Ariely

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Daniel Bekker

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John Branchcomb

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Daniel Oz

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Yonathan Rosen

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Itai Ofzhar

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Almog Cohen

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Nizan Ravhon

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Tom Shahar

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Tomer Bernard

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Aviv Rabina

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Ohad Wintraub

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Muni Hershkowits

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Itai Abraham

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Boaz Yafe

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Alon Adika