Why do we need martial arts wiki in addition to wikipedia


June 10, 2009
Yossi Sheriff

When looking at the academical part of the Akban project there is always the question: Why did we, Akban veterans, invest so much time and effort in building and maintaining a martial art wiki when there is an alternative, namely Wikipedia?

A recent Hebrew article in Akban’s journal delves deeper into the reasons. Wikipedia deals with existing fields and articles. You can write a Wikipedia article only when the knowledge and facts about this article are already known. An author wishing to publish original academic work has to publish it in a scientific journal, not in the Wikipedia.

Apart from the Wikipedia focus on publishing existing textual and numerical data, Wikipedia has an unsolved problem with the copyright of non textual media types, a hurdle we solved by videoing and editing all the Akban-wiki techniques.

Martial arts research is either adjacent to physiology , psychology and anthropology or deals with comparative backgrounds in the emerging field of Hoplology. There is almost no Martial arts research that is endogenous and deals with the techniques as an investigated entities.

We are still in the beginning of this comparative research and so far we have little more then 1000 techniques from different disciplines in the Akban-wiki. A growing part of these techniques have textual and semantic data attached and more information is added in English and Hebrew weekly.

After several years of being online we are somewhat disappointed that no one has started a similar effort. That, for us, means the independent scientific investigation of martial arts is a niche subject. It also means that we will have to continue with this effort on the current pace. At this pace we will have 5000 videos of techniques that are articles, not how-to clips, only 6-7 years from now.

We are committed to lifelong training, committed to our community and committed in this endeavour.

Most of the discussion is going on on the Hebrew part of our site, but if you have insights or feedback we would love to hear from you, send us an e-mail.

New martial arts wiki


June 2, 2009
Yossi Sheriff

We have a new Martial Arts wiki today.
Gone are the cumbersome wikipedia skins, css and boxes. Gone is the mutual navigation with the akban.org site.

On the helm was Keith Harris from Bifugi who did it with help from Vadim Gilead and me.

Since we are a small crew we overlooked many bugs in the new design. Any remarks, corrections and suggestions mailed to us would be warmly appreciated.

mail Akban, thanks

Aikido beginners course opening on February 5th, 2009


January 28, 2009
Yossi Sheriff

This 8-week course is an introduction to the basics and principles of the Aikido art. You will learn the techniques and principles of centre, balance, non-resistance, and harmony of movement in the Aikido relationship. It is open to men and women adults of all ages and abilities. The course will be taught by Miles Kessler, 5th dan instructor who has been training and teaching in Aikido for 25 years. Miles lived in Japan for 8 years studying full time under the guidance of Master Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan. Miles moved to Tel Aviv in 2005 where lives and teaches full time. He regularly teaches Aikido seminars and workshops in Israel, Europe and the U.S.

* Course Duration : 8 weeks
* Schedule : Thursday, 19.00 ~ 20.15
* Location : Gretz School Gymnasium, 5 Adam Hacohen (near Ben Gurion blv) – Tel-Aviv
* Cost: 450 nis

For information about registration contact: [email protected] – Tel. 052-652-4004
Miles Kessler Hebrew Biography

First prize for MMA youngsters – Cauliflower ear


August 1, 2008
John Hookham

One would think that injury treatment in most sports was a vital part of maintaining the athlete’s ability to participate. Lately, a new trend taking hold of aspiring MMA youngsters seems to be defying this rule.

Like the dreaded knuckles that come from years of Karate training on Makiwara, Cauliflower ears – a name given to a deformity of the outer ear – is the latest widespread ailment in the world of contact martial arts.

The condition most commonly appears in practitioners who receive repetitive blows or chaffs to the ear and fail to receive professional medical treatment. Rather than trying to avoid the condition, many youngsters think of having permanently damaged ears as a sign of being tough, and try to attain the deformity by avoiding all medical treatment:

“Unfazed by the prospect of living life as a walking what’s-grosser-than-gross joke, a nationwide corps of professional fighters, amateur enthusiasts and teenagers have taken to leaving their ears untreated or self-treated, wearing their shriveled, hardened waxen auricles as badges of honor.”

Those who choose to treat the injury often attempt to do so themselves, without professional consultation:

“The role of machismo extends to treatment, or lack thereof. Once the condition develops, some fighters seem willing to try anything as long as it does not involve a doctor. Many young men cannot afford medical care, but there is also a do-it-yourself ethic at work.”

Whatever the reasons behind this urge, it is obvious that a do-it-yourself approach when it comes to treating injuries is extremely dangerous. Here’s a youtube clip that shows how to “drain your cauliflower ear”.

I do not recommend it; anyone with a cauliflower ear should seek medical drainage as soon as possible. The hardened tissue in the ear is highly susceptible to infection, and instead of a “badge of honor”, an acute infection of the outer part of the ear could lead to getting a “no ear at all”.

We here in Akban started MMA-ing in the begining of the 1990’s and soon discovered that the best way to deal with it is using an ear protector.
image This is why so many of our veterans look like they are communicating with aliens. Well, who could tell what goes on in the mind of someone finishing 24 hours of sparring – maybe these contraptions are alien gear after all.

link to the IHT article

See also:
Head injuries in martial arts
Better to rest after a head injury

For the first time: A European Sumo wrestler wins the emperor’s cup!


May 25, 2008
Shimi Samuel

Kaloyan Mahlyanov, known with his Sumo name Kotooshu, made history, For the First Time a European Wins the Emperor’s Cup.

Kotooshu, a Bulgarian, became the first European sumo fighter who won the Emperor’s Cup after winning the 2008 May Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

“I’m so happy,” a beaming Kotooshu told Japan’s NHK television after becoming the seventh foreigner to win an Emperor’s Cup. “I’m speechless. I did it at last.”

If Kotooshu, an ozeki ranked fighter, wins the Nagoya tournament he could rise to the esteemed rank of yokozuna.

Link to IHT

CCTV in Britain failed to cut crime rates


May 10, 2008
Shimi Samuel

The United Kingdom is leading the Orwellian world in the number of video surveillance cameras suctioned by the public in a futile effort to control terrorism.
It now seems that the huge investment and the anti privacy losses were for naught – Less then 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images.

The issues involving the spread and use both of state sanctioned surveillance and video equipped private phones has the Akban thinktank pondering the implications of this visibility, both for martial arts experts and for inexperienced citizens alike.

“Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology”

From Guardian.co.uk