This wednesday, starting at 18:30, we will work our way through some of the more aggresive Koto Ryu techniques at the first session.
At the second training session, starting at 20:00, we will prepare adavnced uke work that combines sabaki, kuzushi and ukemi waza.
Yep, our Youtube channel is slowly growing. Today we passed 7 million views, and more important, many loyal subscribers.
The same is happening on a smaller scale on the akban.org site. My dedication to the AKBAN wiki documentation project is rewarded by a larger body of readers, more then 15,000 unique viewers a month and growing.
I am actually surprised that the old school perspective and dedication get such a large audience. For me, this website is an extension of the AKBAN dojo, and I give it the same respect and attention to professionalism.
On each pillar hung an oblong board engraved with flowing calligraphic writing in classical Chinese. The matched set dated from 1820 and was the work of Mankai Hakuyo, then abbot of Eiheiji. The boards’ weatherbeaten appearance told plainly of the intervening years, but the writing on them was magnificent, rendered with such spirit that the characters seemed poised to fly up into the air.
The monk read aloud the inscription on the right, transposing it into Japanese: “The tradition here is strict; no one, however Wealthy, important, or wise may enter through this gate who is not Wholehearted in his pursuit of truth.”
He then read off the one on the left: “The gate has no door or Chain, but is always open;
any person of true faith can walk through it at any time.” He went on, “You should come through this gate only if you are prepared to give your all to monastic discipline. For the last time, ask yourself why you are here. Only those with the proper resolve should undo their Sandals and come in.”
For a moment, deep silence reigned. Then, spontaneously we all began to remove our sandals. When We were barefoot, we formed a line and, setting our packs and hats down before us, prostrated ourselves three times in the direction ofthe Buddha Hall, straight ahead, to signal our arrival. With each bow I lowered my forehead to the wooden floor, offering myself in body and spirit. I felt deeply stirred in ways I Could not have explained. just as mist among the trees vanishes in the rays of the morning sun, I felt my heart growing lighter, as if a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Finishing this ritual, at last We followed the monk through the main Gate and on into the compound, turning now left, now right in the zigzagging Corridors, proceeding ever deeper into the sanctified Space.
The dim recesses of the compound were eerily still. Everything I saw gave off a dull, heavy sheen; everything existed in Solemn simplicity As we made our way into the heart of it felt as if the flow of time had reversed.
In this short skirmish from Russia, a guy, armed with pepper spray and a video camera held by his girl friend, goes into a fight with an armed opponent.
While disobeying most of the rules of combat we learn, he still manages to not get killed and looses only a finger.
We are starting earlier this Wednesday, at 18:00 at the Jerusalem Municipal Martial arts center. Both training sessions will join and both, the first and the second, will start at 18:00 and end at 20:00.
UPDATE: October the 25th, We’re back at 294 Hayarkon St.
The first training session, starting at 18:00 in the new Tel Aviv dojo, will emphasize drills of Ukemi and Sabaki. These skills are necessary for Ninjutsu practitioners in AKBAN as the safety envelope for grappling and evasion.
At the second, veteran session, that will start at 19:30, we will deal with intricate Ukemi drills and work with the Hanbo at the second part of the session.