Posts from July 2007

New yellow belts have been doing martial art for more then a year

Ran and Nadav from the Tel Aviv dojo have passed the tough 25 minutes of the Yellow belt exam.

Training in Budo Ninjutsu is great for beginners, our school has more then 20 years of experience in martial arts and we use the world’s slowest fitness program allowing us the opportunity to get superbly fit and maintain it while getting better in our self defense and fighting skills

We really don’t know how to say it nicely, but here it goes: our instructors cut no corners, it takes at least 12 years to gather the knowledge to the black belt test in our Budo Ninjutsu school.


The UFC mixed martial arts organization is getting nearer to mainstream American culture

The tough UFC MMA champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is featured with his little son on the cover of ESPN, The Magazine.

Liddell has earned a place of honor in the martial arts world as a hard competitor in what is now becoming a cultural phenomenon – the entrance of Mixed martial arts into mainstream American and western media.

Liddle is valued both as a tough fighter and an honest, nice guy, the kind of sportsman the UFC chairman, Dana white is trying to promote.
It now seems certain, even with some critical opinions that MMA are here as a central feature of our western culture for years to come.

For us in AKBAN – trying to bridge the gap between ancient lifestyle and the adrenalin rush of martial arts sports – the job seems more interesting then ever.


Martial arts not much when compared to corporate armies

The Russian law makers, the Duma, have authorized the construction of private armies for the mega corporations of Gazprom and Transneft.
This is not global news as the equivalent armies exist now both in the United states of America and in several other countries.

This trend poses some worries for us individual martial arts practitioners. When money buys power there is less control over its exertion.

Our martial arts expertise does not mean much against a corporate, or any other, M16.

Summer promotes lighter side of the Israeli martial arts community

Summer party on the York residency penthouse in old Jaffa!

Thursday, July the 12th, 22:30, Shderot Yerushalaim 194, donation 20 IS for the most astute band – “Tmimei Deim”, straight from the politically correct Galilee.

With the blessing of the AKBAN Budo ancestors, we welcome all those people from the martial arts community who can quickly say: “Balvenie doublewood-Whiskey-no-ice-NO ICE!” while pummeling with Eshel.

This time we will not pay bail so please don’t forget to wear a sweater.


New ultimate weapon rediscovered

As we all know, newspapers can give you a real headache.
It seems that English football fans discovered this long ago, when police banned them from sneaking anything that resembles a weapon to the stadiums they came up with this ingeneous equipment, The Millwall brick.
For us martial arts practitioners there sure are some Hebrew newspapers that pack a better punch.

Kata analysis from Koto ryu

By Asaf Hochman

Go to Setto no kata in the AKBAN-wiki

Koto Ryu is one of the Japanese martial arts systems learned in Bujinkan and the various X-Kans. It is an extensive martial art system that exits also outside the Bujinkan.

In Koto Ryu Kata we can see, even before applying reverse Kata analysis the extensive use of Daken, hitting vulnerable points, and the use of the third AKBAN timing – attacking simultaneously with the opponents attack.

The Kata I’m referring to today is Setto no kata, where, even in the variations, one can see the use of pressure point hitting and various timings used in Koto ryu.

In Setto no Kata tori pushes a pressure point with the boshi, the end of the thumb, to unbalance the opponent. This unbalancing (kuzushi) using pressure points is very common in some of the martial systems learned in AKBAN. Here, in the variation it is used to move the opponents balance to the rear leg enabling the front single leg grab.

Different stages of Kata learning according to the Methodical pyramid

1. Preserve – in this stage we do the Kata exactly as it was transmitted.

The tori stands in hidari seigan no Kamae, uke grabs with right hand, tori uses a boshi to unbalance uke and uses a second punch to the ribs to push tori away.

2. Break – this is the stage where we change different parameters of the kata, look for a different ways of doing it and for context usability.

Tori now can do the kata against a Tsuki attack and use the first or second boshi to unbalance the Uke to prepare him for takedown.

3. leave – this is the stage where we try to perform the kata or the sequence in free sparring.

My advice is to practice this and other kata in randori situations. It is also important to practice the simultaneous timing as it is this feature that make these Koto Ryu kata so useful.


Times and places for summer Budo Ninjutsu training in Tedi and Gilo Dojo in Jerusalem

From the 8.7.2007 (that’s Sunday the eighth in July) the Jerusalem tedi dojo will move outside to the topmost level in the Knesset rose garden.
Times of the lessons will change
Sunday, practice starts at 18:00 and the randori starts at 19:30.
The pre-practice run starts at 16:30 only for those doing the AKBAN fitness regime.
Wednesday practice starts at 18:30 and ends just before 21:00. Family guys, it’s Ok to be late.

the Gilo dojo moves outside to the park in the Canada hill in Gilo.


New graduates after grade exam in Budo Ninjutsu

In Tel Aviv dojo, passed the yellow belt tests:
Eli S., Alon P., Liran s., Doron, Asaf G., Gal.
Orange belt: Yoav K., Amir L., Daniel B., Elad M., Daniel M., Eldad B.
In the Jerusalem Tedi Dojo, passed the yellow belt exams: Yair K., Uri G., Yaakov E.
Orange belt exams: Otni, Ofer, Aviad
Green belt exams: sefi P.
In Gilo Dojo Barak H. passed the orange belt exam and Dor S. passed the test for green belt.

In Budo Ninjutsu, under the AKBAN guidelines, it takes at least twelve years to gather and practice the syllabus for black belt.

Yellow belt techniques – kyu 5
Orange belt techniques – kyu 4
Shodan techniques – 1st dan