Posts from September 2015

AKBAN seminars in Sukkot, 27.9-1.10.2015

We are emphasizing traditional weapons at the start of this training year. During the Sukkot holiday we will continue to practice sword, short stick and knife techniques.
The seminars are constructed so that trainees have a stratified routine to take home and practice with. The last part, on Friday, will be videoed for future reference.
Please use Waze app in Friday because of the Tel Aviv Bicycle race. We start all training sessions earlier, so calculate times accordingly.

Seminar schedules

With the dojo-cho permission, all seminars are open to all AKBAN students.

AKBAN schedule Sukkot 2015


Weekend quote – Thomas Jefferson

1st quote

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.

We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

2nd quote


Training this week, 20-25.9.2015

This Friday, 25.9.2015, at 08:00, in AKBAN Tel Aviv, we will have the second weapon seminar for this year (link to FB event). Teachers at the seminar will be Ra’am Manzur, Ya’ad Ben David and me. We will teach knife (segment one), Katana (segment two) and Hanbo (segment two). The seminar is open to all AKBAN practitioners.

There will not be training sessions at the eve of Yom Kipur (Tuesday, 22.9.2015) and at the night of Yom Kipur (Wednesday, 23.9.2015).

At Sunday, Monday and Thursday we will train as usual.

I wish you ‘Gmar hatima tova’.

Video of levels of violence in stick fighting


Training this week, 13-18.9.2015

Happy New Hebrew Year.

This week, because of Rosh Hashana holiday, there will not be regular training sessions in Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

In Wednesday, we train as usual in AKBAN Jerusalem and in Thursday we will train as usual in AKBAN Tel Aviv.

This year we will have an extended course dedicated to weapons. We will have the first seminar in this series (101-7-1), this Friday, 18.9.2015, in Tel Aviv dojo. We will start exactly at 08:00 and introduce the following weapons: Sword, flexible weapons, stick and knife.


Weekend quote – Aliraza Roshan

1st quote
In my childhood I had a friend who excelled in the javelin throw. He had a strong hand. This friend has spent all his life practicing the javelin. I went to the university and studied theater. He still threw javelins. Did nothing else besides.

I graduated from the university. He still threw javelins. One day he said to me:
– It’s time to show you what I’m worth.
We went together to the heart of the desert. He said:
– Wait and see what I can do.
He concentrated all his powers, and threw the javelin.
The Javelin ascended and ascended until it became a dot in the air. My friend said:
– I finished my job. I worked my whole life for this day. You went and got an education, you wrote things, you learned a lot.
I told him:
– You asked for one thing and you got it. I asked for a lot of things and I did not get any of them.
he said:
– I’ve got to go. Goodbye.
He said it and fell face down. A Javelin penetrated his back. The Javelin he himself threw. His Javelin went around the globe and got him. All his life he trained to reach to himself.
He said, ‘The furthest point is I am. I want to get to me.” And he did.

Translated from Persian into Hebrew, Orly Noy,
Translated from Hebrew, Y.S.

Photo: David Gabriel Fischer,
Image CC: David Gabriel Fischer,


Ninjutsu training this week, 6-11.9.2015

  • As usual, schedule first,
  • This Friday, 11.9.2015, at 08:00 sharp, in AKBAN Tel Aviv martial arts dojo, we will have another technical session focusing on stand-up and honing our striking.
  • In Sunday we will be training in the Jerusalem martial arts from 18:00-20:00.
  • Monday will see us returning to regular schedule in Ramat Hasharon martial arts from 19:00 sharp.
  • Tuesday is Tel Aviv martial arts dojo, from 18:00 till 21:00 (double session for those who can attend).
  • Wednesday in Jerusalem dojo, from 18:30 till 21:30 (double session for those who can attend)
  • Thursday in Tel Aviv dojo, 18:00-20:00.
  • Friday morning, 08:00.

After I self imposed a focus on stand up and Daken Taijutsu in July and August, we will now amend these techniques with the throws and arm-locks we did in June.
I hope to soon finish a short video on my impressions from the extreme 120 session we did at the end of the training year and also some more, in-depth, videos on the results of my video debriefing of the Blitz month randori sessions.

Please, do not forget to pay the tuition for this year. Also, please bring boxing gloves.

Video, continuing from where we stopped