Posts from April 2012

Today in Tel Aviv dojo – combos at 1st, weapon distancing at 2nd session


April 17, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

We are continuing the work on reaction patterns and distance. Using the Gyokko ryu kata we will dismantle the moves and practice them against focus mitts at the first training session.

At the veterans’ session we will work with Kusari and knives on reaction and distancing using the intermediate sabaki patterns.

Video of distancing using the kusari chain


Tel Aviv Ninjutsu – AKBAN

Today in Ramat Hasharon dojo – Improving speed and movement


April 16, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

We just spent the last two years honing our sabaki skills and learning basic Ninjutsu striking and kick combos.
Today we will continue on merging these techniques together using several Gyokko ryu kata as a hub.

The way I experienced it, Tai sabaki and striking skills, no matter how efficient and strong, are not good enough in Randori. What binds distancing punches and kicks together are instincts and reaction patterns that are practiced over and over.

I can compare the method I am using now with the method I was using several years ago and see the results in the sparring sessions.

Video of intermediate punching combination tutorial

Image of mexican hook combo

mexican hook gif

Today in Tel Aviv dojo – Belts seminar and re-action drills


April 3, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

We are working today on the concise syllabus of orange and green belt exams.
Both training sessions will be dedicated to this only, with the second session emphasizing weapons.

If there will be time left we will work out with two Ninjutsu re-action drills.

Video of blue belt exams in AKBAN


Tel Aviv Ninjutsu – AKBAN

The basic level of Gyokko ryu kata now in AKBAN wiki


April 2, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

Slowly, like a snail, I am writing the huge Ninjutsu syllabus. Last month I finished the Koto ryu kata, now the logical continuation is Gyokko ryu. This is the first strategy level, the Jo ryaku no maki.

  1. Danshi kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  2. Danshu kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  3. Hanebi kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  4. Keo kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  5. Keto kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  6. Ketsumiyaku kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  7. Koku kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  8. Renyo kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  9. Sakanagare kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  10. Sakketsu kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  11. Teiken kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu
  12. Yubi kudaki kata, Jo Ryaku no Maki level – Gyokko ryu

Video of Renyo no kata – Gyokko ryu