Posts from July 2016

First week of the AKBAN Blitz, 31.7-4.8.2016

The Blitz month opens this week. The Jerusalem groups spar on Sundays and Wednesdays, the Tel Aviv and Ramat hasharon groups spar at Tuesdays and Thursdays. All groups can come to sessions on different dojos.

The randori is videoed, edited into slow-motion and sent, accompanied by a Debriefing form, to your personal whatsapp or mailbox.


Weekend quote – Steve Cole

1st quote

“What this study tells us is that doing good and feeling good have very different effects on the human genome, even though they generate similar levels of positive emotion,” he said. “Apparently,
the human genome is much more sensitive to different ways of achieving happiness than are conscious minds.” (1)

“In effect, according to Cole, the stress reaction requires “mortgaging our long-term health in favor of our short-term survival.” Our bodies, he concluded, are “programmed to turn misery into death.” (2)

“The IL6 gene controls immune responses but can also serve as ‘fertilizer’ for cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer,” said Cole, who is also a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA’s Molecular Biology Institute. “Our studies were able to trace a biochemical pathway through which adverse life circumstances — fight-or-flight stress responses — can activate the IL6 gene. (3)

“Adverse social conditions can become embedded within the basal transcriptome of primate immune cells within the first 4 mo of life, and they implicate sympathetic nervous system-linked transcription control pathways as candidate mediators of those effects and potential targets for health-protective intervention. ” (4)

“Gating of depression-related mortality risk by IL6 genotype pertained only to inflammation-related causes of death and was associated with increased chronic inflammation as indexed by plasma C-reactive protein. Computational modeling of molecular interactions, in vitro biochemical analyses, in vivo animal modeling, and human molecular epidemiologic analyses thus converge in identifying β-adrenergic activation of GATA1 as a molecular pathway by which social adversity can alter human health risk selectively depending on individual genetic status at the IL6 locus. ” (5)

2nd quote

(1) Be happy: Your genes may thank you for it, Mark Wheeler, UCLA news, July 29, 2013
(2) A Better Kind of Happiness, By Will Storr, The new Yorker July 2016
(3) UCLA study finds genetic link between misery and death, Mark Wheeler, UCLA news, February 24, 2010
(3) Genetic link between misery and death discovered; novel strategy probes ‘genetic haystack’, Science Daily, February 2010
(4) Transcriptional modulation of the developing immune system by early life social adversity, PNAS December 11, 2012 vol. 109 no. 50 20578-20583
(5) Computational identification of gene–social environment interaction at the human IL6 locus, PNAS March 23, 2010 vol. 107 no. 12 5681-5686


Sessions this week, starting the exams, 24-29.7.2016

During this week we will start the exams and continue to schedule exam dates until the middle of August.

In the regular groups we will work with throws from the advanced tests and build fitness and techniques for the Blitz month.

This Friday we will have one last practice session focusing on belt exams syllabus. Here’s the link to the event on facebook.


Preparing for the exams, 17-22.7.2016

We’re continuing preparations for the exams at the end of July, beginning of August.

This Friday, 22.6.2016, 08:00 sharp, we will have a special seminar for this purpose. The seminar will take place at Honbu dojo, here’s a link to the event on Facebook.

We will learn two new drills on the ground, improve our striking-round kick work and explore no-Gi throws.

Controlling the hips to control space – Marcelo Garcia


Weekend quote – Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

1st quote

Commentary on, ״Even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood״

‘Inclination, impulse, instinct’ – It is regrettable that, they translated ‘יֵצֶר’ as a passive force “- as if there is power that spurs men to do evil.

From this evolved the same desperate opinion, that is the foundation of great “religion”: The view of the power of evil that man is enslaved to and from it he will not be saved unless he holds a particular belief.

This way the mantle ׳יֵצֶר׳ or evil instinct became the rope that binds mankind.

This view is incorrect – the verb ׳יצר׳ stems from an active and creative process, not a passive one. It speaks not of the creator but of the created. And if we identify the root “create” with “energise” we reveal the meaning, not a passive force, but man’s vigorous active volition.

מתוך פירושו לתורה, ספר בראשית, תירגם לעברית: הרב מרדכי ברויאר, ירושלים, תשכ”ז, עמ’ פא. תרגום לאנגלית, המלרה״א

2nd quote

the neophite


Training in July this week, 3-8.7.2016

We are entering the July mode, sessions will be physical and coordinate ground fighting with safe preparation for the August Blitz.

The Jerusalem dojo is moving outside to Whol rose garden, near the supreme court. We start the Sunday and Wednesday Jerusalem session at 18:00 till after 20:00.

Tel Aviv Tuesday session will be from 18:00 till 20:20.

Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon dojos train inside as usual.

There will be a Friday seminar in Tel Aviv honbu dojo. Later this week I’ll send a message in our whatsapp group about the Friday session in Jerusalem.

In July, and August we will work with no Gi. Only a black pants and the organisation Tee-shirt. You’ll also need a water bottle, protective equipment and gloves.

During this week I’ll send, individually, schedule for the July exams. You can repeat the syllabus in this link.

Video of pre-session drills


Weekend quote – David Goodhart

1st quote

The modern idea of citizenship goes some way to accommodating the tension between solidarity and diversity. Citizenship is not an ethnic, blood and soil concept but a more abstract political idea – implying equal legal, political and social rights (and duties) for people inhabiting a given national space. But citizenship is not just an abstract idea about rights and duties; for most of us it is something we do not choose but are born into – it arises out of a shared history, shared experiences, and, often, shared suffering;

2nd quote
from, Too diverse? Is Britain becoming too diverse to sustain the mutual obligations behind a good society and the welfare state?, David Goodhart