Posts from August 2017

“AKBAN 120”? What is it? Learn about this insanity now


August 26, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

At the hottest and most humid month, after one month Blitz, we engage in a training session that demands not only extreme fitness but also correct and careful technique.

Twelve months of the yearly training cycle always finish with the infamous AKBAN 120. In the AKBAN 120 we spar in one minute rounds, different partners each round, for two hours, 120 minutes, non-stop.

The “120” will take place in Tel Aviv, this Wednesday, August the 30th, between 6PM-8PM.

I’ll send the exact location on our WhatsApp groups.

As Ran shows in the video, this is AKBAN Tel Aviv in August, be prepared for high humidity. Bring water and protective equipment.

See you there,

In Memoriam: Aviram Shavit


August 19, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

Corporal Aviram Shavit, of the AKBAN Jerusalem dojo, died this week in service. He was 19 years old. Aviram was buried this Thursday, 17, August, 2017, at the military cemetery in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

The AKBAN family and me are sad beyond words at the loss of this good hearted friend and an able warrior.

אבירם שביט

Third week of the AKBAN Blitz


August 12, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

The sparring we do during the Blitz month are recorded in slo-mo video, edited and are sent to private WhatsApp accounts of every AKBAN practitioner. Every bout is debriefed, using the Methodical pyramid, and the conclusions are applied in the next session. Every week I video, edit and send more then 150 bouts.

The “120” concluding event will take place in Wednesday, August the 30th, 18:00 in Tel Aviv. I will update on the exact place.

Video of randori after 1.5 hours, Jerusalem dojo

Weekend quote – Gingihan


August 11, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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The internet is defective, it has been broken for a long time and now, on many levels, it is plainly dangerous. learn to open a book and sit with it for several hours, learn to open your window and see what the weather is, learn to sharpen a pencil and write something that is not hyper-linked, learn to walk to a friend’s house and call him, walk with him, talk, and remember the whole thing without taking pictures, learn to listen again to people, learn to be silent.

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From Wasifat Salata

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20 minutes of Q&A added, can you guess why?


August 5, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

Till 2016, practitioners in Akban sparred for the whole length of the session in August, it’s called the blitz month. This year I added 20+ minutes of chaotic kata to get into ‘mindless mindfulness’ at the randori.

We always video all the sparring sessions, slo-mo the clips and send them individually to each practitioner so that I can debrief the techniques. I now see the results of the efforts we made over the last three months, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

Video excerpt of randori debriefing clip