Posts from August 2007

Spetember the 2nd, returning to regular martial arts training in the AKBAN dojos

The summer is ending, all the groups that had a blitz will be returning to the Dojos next week.

Three more Dojos will be starting: in Rishon Le’zion, Kfar Bilu and in Hod Hasharon, all will be under the most experienced instructors AKBAN has.
All the current Dojos in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramat Hasharon, Reut, Rehovot, Nes ziona, Or Yehuda, Beer Sheba, Upper Galilee and Yahud will start again at the week begining at September the 2nd.
Hebrew details here.

Good Luck!


Better martial arts\’ articles in the AKBAN-wiki

We are slowly improving the articles in the AKBAN-wiki, our martial arts data-base. This is a long process that demands understanding of the techniques and literary ability.

This article about the Sukui Nage – Scoop throw is a recent example. The article is not complete yet and is ready for a video of the Judo version of the throw.

Mr. G from Tel Aviv Dojo continues to write and add to our knowledge.


Fighting and sparring with friends

By Eli Shirian

Last year has been dotted with minor scuffles with friends and relatives. These people know I have been training for many years in Budo Ninjutsu; they want to check my abilities, even if it’s done jokingly.


Almost all the confrontations looked like this; a friend was talking to me and then suddenly charged forward with pushes and shoves that end with my back to the wall, meters behind me.


All these incidents happened in the gym I work at, and the machinery and free weights lying around make every throw an imminent danger for my opponent. Now, if this was a regular confrontation against someone I don’t know I would deal with it rather easily, but when my fight vocabulary is restricted because of safety reasons my response will always be lacking. I did not mention this, but an important fact is the weight difference, all my friends are very muscular bodybuilders, and weigh at least 90 kilogram (180 pounds) that’s much heavier than me. The weight and strength differences are a major factor, because it makes “playing” the confrontation very difficult.


In all these cases I was pushed against the wall and only then, when the wall countered the push and helped my position, I managed a guillotine or carefully went down to the floor with my friend.


I recalled what yossi said: “you shouldn’t be in these situations”, but for me not to reach this situation means being tense and ready all the time, even with my friends, and that’s a lifestyle I do not want to adopt. A tense state of mind is not something I am willing to experience all the time. At this phase in my life these confrontations are a given, my close social circle know I am an AKBAN veteran so friends will check my abilities.


Technique is not the main point here, as my abilities can be shown only against an experienced practitioner or maybe in some severe, real-life situation. The main point is the attitude.


When you lose you learn to deal with your surroundings, it is a problem. Some martial arts systems do not prepare the practitioner for different grades of confrontation and the shame that losing carries with it; so even in sparring people tend to come on strong, to try to “win”. This is not our way here, in this school; I can see all the time veterans spar and intentionally lose – they play. If someone is just looking from the side, if someone does not initiate him or herself into this intentional playful loosing frame of mind then there is no way to understand the real world usage of this behavior, but I know.


Planning the next generation backpack

This is an invitation for every person who ever ran with a back pack.
We are now planning the Ultimate Light Attack Backpack. As you may well know, AKBAN veterans engage in a lot of fittness, running, outdoor climbing, hiking and of course – beating each other.

We treat this matter very professionally and now, since our legendary backpack, the “Modan flash 35 liter” went out of production we are planning to make a back pack that will incorporate our understanding and experience.

After all we were one of the pioneers that ran half marathons and marathons with a 10 kilogram backpacks.

Please feel free to comment below (no registration necessary) on the specification for your ultimate light backpack. Will it have a cellphone pouch? a gun holster? place for a laptop?

We will post it, we will make it, you will use it. Everybody Happy.


Sport experts recommend exercise that is similar to the AKBAN fitness program.

Experts from the American College of Sports Medicine recommend an exercise routine that is almost identical to the AKBAN fitness program.
Just take a look at this:
30 minutes of moderate exercise on five days of the week
20 minutes of vigorous exercise on three days of the week
A combination of the moderate and vigorous exercise goals
Two weekly sessions of activity (weight training) to maintain muscle strength
Source: American College of Sports Medicine

AKBAN’s physicians, sport experts and physical therapists came up with the same program years ago, but what made me happy was the ages listed on the recommendation: ADULTS AGED 18-65.
via BBC health


A British actor fights three muggers with a long sword

Here’s one for the sword guys: Three unfortunate souls happened to snatch a £20 note from Oxford actor Tom Clews.
Mr. Clews, who is playing Greek mythical hero Odysseus, did not hesitate, chased down the bewildered muggers stabbed one of them in the leg and detained them till the police arrived.

Well done Odysseus! Mr. Clews also played Hector in The Iliad in last year’s fringe and was bare chested at the event. What were those robbers thinking?

Yep, you’re right, this is not madness – THIS IS OXFORD!

via Oxfordshire


Running and fitness tables added to the AKBAN- project

New running tables – especially modified for begining runners over 30 and fitness strength routine for adults – were added to the English fitness section in the AKBAN website.

1. Basic strength table – Start from zero fitness and do 55 pushups and 10 pull-ups in 14 weeks. Slow and steady.
2. Strength table after 30 – Start from zero fitness and reach 55 push-ups and 10 chin lifts in 23 weeks. Even slower then our slow rate of advance, but much safer from an orthopedic point of view.
3. Beginners running table – This table starts from scratch and brings you to 40 minutes run in just 20 weeks. Slow but sure.
4. Beginners running table after the age of 35 – this table starts from very low fitness level and brings the adult runner to 45 minutes of run in 40 weeks! The slowest table in the internet, but also the safest and most easy to keep doing for decades.
5. Intermediate running table – This table starts from the ability to run 20 minutes and takes you to the level of running 60 minutes and begining speed runs.
6. Advanced running table – This table starts from the habit of running 45 minutes and takes the runner to the extreme fitness levels of our veterans, running weekly and easily for 100 minutes and running with 9 kilogram (30 pounds) backpack.
7. Always consult a medical doctor before starting any program and have a certified instructor adapt the program for you.