Posts from January 2013

No dojo training this Tuesday – Israeli election day


January 21, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

Because our dojo wil turn into a giant election hall there will be no training this Tuesday, 22.1.2013. I attached a training clip we took a month ago.

This might be a nice time to keep updated with the recent Ninjutsu training videos.

Video of ‘train at home’ Ninjutsu throws

Tel Aviv Martial arts academy – AKBAN
Phone:052-5108747

Expected techniques for ramat hasharon dojo – 21.1.2013


January 20, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

We will train on derivatives of one of my favorite katas, Shizen kata from the advanced level of Fudo ryu Daken taijutsu.

The session will start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. We finish the session with full contact Randori.

A video summery of this session will be uploaded to Ninjutsu training in video category in the AKBAn wiki.

Video of Shizen Kata henka

Phone: 052-5108747

Changes in the AKBAN wiki interface – less is more



Yossi Sheriff

I was having a problem, a good one, How do I introduce a martial artist into the worlds largest MA wiki? we have 20,000 pages.

“It’s too much”, said one student, “What? do you have the Kukishinden Ryu kata?”, “Where are the videos from the last lesson?”

The problem was bothering me, with a growing and loyal base of 15,000 readers, each month, the page that scared everybody was the front page of the AKBAN wiki.

Here I was, thinking that everyone would be interested in seeing 1000+ links. Wrong. 70% saw this and clicked away.

So, for more then three months Keith and me relearned CSS3 documentation, coded like crazies, sketched on napkins, notebooks and in the air and at gave the wiki a Ninjutsu recommendation: “Breath” we ordered it, and it did. We cleaned, curated and made clear.

We now have an airy page, with loose shoulders and a proud gaze. We are the largest database of its kind, and we are steadily growing.

So check it out, here’s the link, click around, write pointy criticisms or just train.

Expected techniques for Jerusalem dojo – 20.1.2013


January 19, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

After two weeks of introducing the reverse grip, we are continuing to integrate it into Nage waza and Kansetsu waza in randori situations.

The session starts, as always with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum and ends with Randori.

A video summery of this session will be uploaded to Ninjutsu training in video category in the AKBAN wiki.

Video of neck breaking throw

Jerusalem Ninjutsu AKBAN academy
Phone: 052-5108747

Weekend Quote – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky


January 18, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

Why, to maintain this theory of the regeneration of mankind by means of the pursuit of his own advantage is to my mind
almost the same thing … as to affirm, for instance, following Buckle, that through civilisation mankind becomes softer, and consequently less bloodthirsty and less fitted for warfare. Logically it does seem to follow from his arguments. But man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.

I take this example because it is the most glaring instance of it. Only look about you: blood is being spilt in streams, and in the merriest way, as though it were champagne. Take the whole of the nineteenth century in which Buckle lived. Take Napoleon–the Great and also the present one. Take North America–the eternal union. Take the farce of Schleswig-Holstein…. And what is it that civilisation softens in us? The only gain of civilisation for mankind is the greater capacity for variety of sensations–and absolutely nothing more.

And through the development of this many-sidedness man may come to finding enjoyment in bloodshed. In fact, this has already happened to him. Have you noticed that it is the most civilized gentlemen who have been the subtlest slaughterers, to whom the Attilas and Stenka Razins could not hold a candle, and if they are not so conspicuous as the Attilas and Stenka Razins it is simply because they are so often met with, are so ordinary and have become so familiar to us.

In any case civilisation has made mankind if not more bloodthirsty, at least more vilely, more loathsomely bloodthirsty. In old days he saw justice in bloodshed and with his conscience at peace exterminated those he thought proper. Now we do think bloodshed abominable and yet we engage in this abomination, and with more energy than ever. Which is worse? Decide that for yourselves.

From Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Planned techniques for Tel Aviv dojo – 17.1.2013


January 17, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

We will continue to work on reverse grip from striking range.

The sessions will start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

Concise video summery of these session will be uploaded to Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Video of applying Bobi no kamae

Tel Aviv Martial arts academy – AKBAN
Phone:052-5108747

Planned techniques for Jerusalem Dojo – 16.1.2013


January 15, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

Both first and veterans’ groups will work closing the distance to reverse grip using several Ninjutsu kata.

The session starts, as always with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum and ends with Randori.

A video summery of this session will be uploaded to Ninjutsu training in video category in the AKBAN wiki.

Video of defending the inside range in Ninjutsu with Ura Gyaku

Jerusalem Ninjutsu AKBAN academy
Phone: 052-5108747

Planned techniques for Tel Aviv dojo – 15.1.2013


January 14, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

Apart from going deeper into more reverse grip techniques we will also learn counters for the grip.

The sessions will start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. The session ends with Randori.

Concise video summery of these session will be uploaded to Ninjutsu training category at the AKBAN wiki.

Video of Gunseki Nage

Tel Aviv Martial arts academy – AKBAN
Phone:052-5108747

Planned techniques for Ramat Hasharon Dojo – 14.1.2013


January 13, 2013
Yossi Sheriff

We will be doing advanced sutemi versions of reverse grip throws.

The session will start with Ninjutsu kamae followed by the himum. We finish the session with full contact Randori.

A video summery of this session will be uploaded to Ninjutsu training in video category in the AKBAn wiki.

Video of Ura Oni Kudaki

Phone: 052-5108747