Posts from April 2012

Today in Ramat Hasharon dojo – Hidden strikes as setups

Using strikes as a preparation to armlock is a characteristic feature of middle level kata of many Takamatsu-den Ninjutsu systems. Today we are going to venture further and train with a feature of upper level kata – The strike sets up the opponent for a predictable reaction thereby allowing an advanced joint lock or a throw.

Video of a not so obvious elbow before an O-gyaku lock


Kata from the middle level of Gyokko ryu – AKBAN wiki

I just finished to upload and rewrite the articles of the kata Chu ryaku no maki (中略之巻), the middle level of Gyokko ryu, one of the most important systems in Takamatsu den Ninjutsu.

  1. Dashin kata, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  2. Hane tsurube, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  3. Horaku kata, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  4. Housen kata, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  5. Korai, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  6. Seito kata, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  7. Shien, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  8. Ujaku kata, Chu Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu



Poster of all the basic Ninjutsu armlocks – QR code for cellular

With the help of graphic designer Gaby Frischlander and through the English graphic adaptation of AKBAN veteran Oded Levi we now have the first QR coded armlocks poster.

Armlocks, or joint locks are a common technique in many kata in the Takamatsu-den Ninjutsu and memorizing these is not an easy thing for a practitioner. With this poster the images, skillfully photographed by Daniel Sheriff, are a good mnemonic help and the accompanied QR code leads the cellular device straight to the video and explanation of the technique on our AKBAN wiki.

download image here

Dojo QR poster of basic Ninjutsu locks

500 px armlocks

Today in Jerusalem dojo – The overlap between grappling and striking

I once read a great book, it was called “Enter to Trapping to Grappling“. In it the author developed some techniques that took Wing chun aspects of striking in close range and grappling.

At the time, when striking arts ruled the magazines and grappling arts were a dedicated, professional but highly cloistered disciplines it was refreshing to see my teacher’s atitude echoed. Doron Navon Shihan, himself not only a Ninjutsu top teacher but a Judo 4th Dan, emphasized the necessity of grappling knowledge for all self defense situations, for many reasons.

We do not need to look far, a through practice in Ninjutsu techniques reveals that a plethora of kata mix grappling, locking and throwing.

After dedicating the previos weeks to honing sabaki and reaction we now open scope for the various ways the Takamatsu den syllabus deals with close range and middle range distances.

Video of grappling and striking in Fudo ryu traditional kata

Jerusalem Ninjutsu – AKBAN


Weekend quote – G. E. Moore

“In ordinary speech, I want this, I like this, I care about this, are constantly used as equivalents for I think this good.

And in this way it is very natural to be led to suppose that there is no distinct class of ethical judgments, but only the class things enjoyed;

Principia Ethica (1903)
by G. E. Moore