Head injuries in sports and in martial arts

August 1999 was the last time AKBAN practitioners did sparring with a knock-out option.
Ever since AKBAN instructors have been emphasizing full contact sparring with no injuries.
A novice martial artist might think that a head punch with gloved hand is harmless and is not considered as injury – that’s a mistake! Many clinical studies support our old conclusion: even one major punch to the face raises the chances for post concussion syndrome, or Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome.
Many martial arts forbid hand punches to the head, one can hit the body with great force without risking head injury – not so in our school. In Budo Ninjutsu we aim to spar in realistic, full-contact fights and we hit the face so that practitioners will get in the habit of defending the head area.
Punching the face must be gentle enough even if boxing gloves are used. Our old conclussions gain crdibility from findings in other sports. The danger is not only old age neurological syndromes (Mohamad Ali) but near and immediate danger to the practitioner.
AKBAN students that had a minor head injury, even while playing soccer weeks ago, do not participate in sparring that has a chance for head punching.
Mr. S. said, on many occasions: “The most important thing is the student’s safety. We (AKBAN Instructors) must learn all the time, use academical studies and clinical articles in sport medicine and physiology to raise our students’ professionalism and keep them safe.”
This explains the meticulous and slow way we developed the AKBAN fitness program for more then ten years. “Fitness is our safety envelope.”
To superb fitness we add correct sparring rules and etiquette, just so that we’ll be able to work in the Dojo for many years.


Planning the next generation backpack

This is an invitation for every person who ever ran with a back pack.
We are now planning the Ultimate Light Attack Backpack. As you may well know, AKBAN veterans engage in a lot of fittness, running, outdoor climbing, hiking and of course – beating each other.

We treat this matter very professionally and now, since our legendary backpack, the “Modan flash 35 liter” went out of production we are planning to make a back pack that will incorporate our understanding and experience.

After all we were one of the pioneers that ran half marathons and marathons with a 10 kilogram backpacks.

Please feel free to comment below (no registration necessary) on the specification for your ultimate light backpack. Will it have a cellphone pouch? a gun holster? place for a laptop?

We will post it, we will make it, you will use it. Everybody Happy.


Sport experts recommend exercise that is similar to the AKBAN fitness program.

Experts from the American College of Sports Medicine recommend an exercise routine that is almost identical to the AKBAN fitness program.
Just take a look at this:
30 minutes of moderate exercise on five days of the week
20 minutes of vigorous exercise on three days of the week
A combination of the moderate and vigorous exercise goals
Two weekly sessions of activity (weight training) to maintain muscle strength
Source: American College of Sports Medicine

AKBAN’s physicians, sport experts and physical therapists came up with the same program years ago, but what made me happy was the ages listed on the recommendation: ADULTS AGED 18-65.
via BBC health


Running and fitness tables added to the AKBAN- project

New running tables – especially modified for begining runners over 30 and fitness strength routine for adults – were added to the English fitness section in the AKBAN website.

1. Basic strength table – Start from zero fitness and do 55 pushups and 10 pull-ups in 14 weeks. Slow and steady.
2. Strength table after 30 – Start from zero fitness and reach 55 push-ups and 10 chin lifts in 23 weeks. Even slower then our slow rate of advance, but much safer from an orthopedic point of view.
3. Beginners running table – This table starts from scratch and brings you to 40 minutes run in just 20 weeks. Slow but sure.
4. Beginners running table after the age of 35 – this table starts from very low fitness level and brings the adult runner to 45 minutes of run in 40 weeks! The slowest table in the internet, but also the safest and most easy to keep doing for decades.
5. Intermediate running table – This table starts from the ability to run 20 minutes and takes you to the level of running 60 minutes and begining speed runs.
6. Advanced running table – This table starts from the habit of running 45 minutes and takes the runner to the extreme fitness levels of our veterans, running weekly and easily for 100 minutes and running with 9 kilogram (30 pounds) backpack.
7. Always consult a medical doctor before starting any program and have a certified instructor adapt the program for you.



Tel Aviv night run

To prepare for the Tel Aviv night run use the meticulous running tabels here: Akban fitness routine.
כדי להתכונן לריצת לילה תל אביב השתמש בטבלאות הריצה של אקבן.
The Nike night run will take place in Tel Aviv at Thursday, June the 28th, 20:45.
AKBAN veterans that do not have a scheduled dojo session at that evening are invited to run with us. It’s a 10 Km run, but a 5 Km is also optional.
Running for beginners, from the AKBAN fitness program.
The AKBAN fitness program.
The Nike Tel Aviv night run, A Hebrew link.