Posts from August 2014

Beginning the Ninjutsu training year – September 2014

This week we are starting a new training year (2014-2015). This is the 28th year of training since I got Doron Navon‘s blessing to teach Ninjutsu.
After analysing the videos I take during sessions and the performances during Grade exams, I thought that emphasizing several lines of work would be appropriate.

These are next year’s lines of work.

  1. The Friday weapon session will diversify. We are continuing the sword and emotional modulation and will explore Short stick (Jogo De Pau). All AKBAN students are invited.
  2. Even though the general fitness in the grade exams was higher then ever, we will have some very robust session.
  3. Advanced practitioners in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv dojo will learn more Kata from the higher levels of the Ninjutsu Ryu. Another line of work will be Family defense and security. We will deal with improvised weapons, multiple opponents scenarios and advanced sabaki.
  4. I will video and work the beginning of lesson drills. We will perform impact drill each lesson (punching mitts, bag work or pad work).
  5. More seminars, Colloquium, outside sessions, “24” , And Desert gathering.
  6. Focus on dynamic work for Tatakai
  7.  Outside teachers’ seminars: Meditation, Jogo de Pau.


Training in Jerusalem is every Sunday from 6 PM till 8 PM and also in Wednesday. First Wednesday session from 6:30 PM till 8 PM, second advanced session from 8 PM till 9:30 PM.
Training in Tel Aviv is every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesdays from 6 PM till 7:30, second, advanced, Tusday session from 7:30 PM till 9 PM. Thursday from 6 PM till 8 PM.
Training in Ramat Hasharon is every Monday from 7 PM till 8:30 PM.

I wish you a safe and powerful year!

Using the name AKBAN

Our school does not work like a fast food franchise, it works like Universities do.
Every instructor enjoys full independence while teaching the techniques that lead to a Black belt. This independence comes with full responsibility of each instructor over his own dojo. Thus, each instructor can bring into fruition a personal perspective and abilities and contribute his knowledge to the technical data base that forms the AKBAN database.
Choosing whether to give the name AKBAN is a personal creed of the head of each dojo who is also a student in central dojo under Yossi Sheriff.
The instructor leads his dojo, but chooses to continue and develop as a part of a community that follows the ethical code of AKBAN.


Weekend quote – Ofer Mizrahi

Yesterday I went to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital because of a chest injury. Yes, a successful Black belt exam, less successful single fall.
We set there, Etgar and me, in the Emergency room, drinking cold water from tiny laboratory plastic cups. Not exactly “Our water“, but still…

And yes, it was a good exam.

I recalled we used to drink Whiskey in dire straits, before Yossi started to abstain. Etgar told me stories and I told him about my previous teacher whom I angrily left after he screwed – up, misconduct that is.

It was a big fall then, almost 12 years since. A big lesson, but I am still standing and breathing, carefully.

This is the chain of events when you get injured in the dojo. First, on a small yellow and wrinkled paper, Professor H. writes an urgent letter to the hospital. At the hospital Dr. Noam, the same guy from my previous ailment, smiles, looks at it and says: “so you are the injured Judoka, I should have guessed it’s someone from the dojo. He then takes me to the C.T., checks the results, smiles again and looks worried.

And Yossi. Yossi is awake till 3 AM, gets all the results, answers questions succinctly and feels that he had to come and not only because he invested 12 dojo years in me.

Just a sparring session, but still…

Then later, in the morning, at home, I feel like the twin towers but with a major difference, I am still standing.

And I read what Yossi wrote to Yakov Hazan, and what Yakov wrote, and I think. I think about persistence and falls that are actually stances.
And about disappointment with some teachers
and falls in business
and life falls
and finally falls at the belt exam.

And I understand that the form of the fall is less important than the way you stand and fight again, and the lesson you learned about life when every breath was a painful chore, and laughing was excruciatingly impossible.

It will be only a short while before we drink the water Yossi carried on his back.

akban lion


Training this week in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv dojos, 17-21.8.2014

Adhering to the August fitness scale we are going to increase workload and do more sparring this week. I think we can finish the 1st Kata. There will not be weapon class this Friday.

For those that want to improve their reaction times and speed, we will conduct syncopation training, at the same time of the sparring. This will allow for more variability as akbanauts can spar, work the gloves, and then spar again.

1. Added sparring time
2. Simultaneous syncopation training
3. No weapon class this Friday

Please bring water, gloves, protective equipment and smiles. As usual. I added a short video version of the syncopation segment from the 3rd colloquium.


Weekend Quote – H.H. The Dalai Lama

1st quote

Never give up
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent Developing the mind instead of the heart.
Be compassionate not just to your friends but to everyone
Be compassionate.
Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Work for peace and I say again
Never give up.
No matter what is happening, No matter what is going on around you,
Never give up.

2nd quote

Image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Mary Harrsch
Thunderbolt deity


Training this week, schedule and places, 10-15.8.2014

Training takes place, as usual, in Tel Aviv dojo, Hayarkon 294 St. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 PM till 8 PM. At Jerusalem dojo we will be at our old Tedi Stadium dojo, Sundays and Wednesdays 6 PM till 8 PM.

This Friday (15.8.2014, 08:00, Tel Aviv dojo) we will continue with the first Bokken Kata and present a preparation for Randori practice.

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem sessions will evolve around building a better fitness, sparring a lot and drilling Dakken with boxing gloves. After several weeks of repeating only 1st and 3rd timings with the gloves we will explore syncopation and speed drills.

I am glad that at these times so many veterans succeed and come to train together.


Weekend quote – Richard H. Cox

1st quote

The lower (the) level of cognitive state anxiety, the better the athlete will perform. The notion that a “little” anxiety is good for the athlete is not true if it is of the cognitive variety.

2nd quote
From: Richard H. Cox, Sport psychology: concepts and applications, Wm. C. Brown, 1990


Dojo news for 3-8.8.2014

August is the time of year when we raise the difficulties and improve our randorן. During this month there will be some changes in training times and session emphasis.
We will devote the time to three different subjects:
1. Randori
2. Sword techniques
3. Ninjutsu exams

Please bring your punching gloves, protective equipment and water. Training in all dojos, Tel Aviv included, will take place between 18:00 to 20:00. Ramat Hasaharon dojo is closed for August and I invite all the veterans to come to Tel Aviv dojo to spar.

Last week several veterans from Tel Aviv passed the 1st Dan test. Yonatan, Daniel, Itai, Yoni, Dvir and Boaz, Mazal Tov!

To all the veterans who got drafted I send good thoughts. Please watch over yourselves and watch over us.


Weekend quote – Gene Logsdon

1st quote

Curiously, only in sports do we agree to eschew technological advances, making rules, for example, to limit the power potential of baseball bats. We understand that technology will ruin our games, but we do not understand that it can also ruin cultures.

2nd quote
Gene Logsdon, At Nature’s Pace: Farming and the American Dream