Posts from October 2012

Thursday in Tel Aviv dojo – Glorious Fudo ryu

October 10, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

UPDATE: October the 25th, We’re back at 294 Hayarkon St. 


This Thursday we will be without all the wonderful film crew that has followed us for a week so can return or focus to our craft.

Starting from 18:00 we will discover new perspective of the Fudo ryu techniques and augment them with the former Koto Ryu techniques we learned this week.

Video of Kasumi otoshi no kata henka – Fudo Ryu

Tel Aviv Ninjutsu – AKBAN

7,000,000 views, almost 7,000 subscribers and Happy Simchat Torah

October 6, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

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 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.

7,000,000 youtube views

Weekend quote – Kaoru Nonomura

October 4, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

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.
2nd quote

From:Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple
Image cc wikipedia user 663highland

Pepper spray against a gun – Good morning Russia

Yossi Sheriff

A street fight is a combat situation, not a martial sport.

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.

Video of street fight – gun against pepper spray

Wednesday, Sukot, in Jerusalem dojo – intermediate Ukemi Waza

October 2, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

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.

We will start with advanced kicking drills and sabaki and move into intricate Ukemi drills that prepare the way toward more dynamic throws and Ninjutsu joint locks.

Video of front push kick – Sabaki drill in Ninjutsu

Tuesday, Sukot, in Tel Aviv dojo – Sabaki and Ukemi

October 1, 2012
Yossi Sheriff

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.

Video tutorial of Hanbo striking to the wrist