During the thirty plus years I have been teaching, so many students have gone through groups, so many students, that I feel that the data I present is not anecdotal, it has a statistical significance.
Grit predicts success.
Success is also personal. Each practitioner starts from a different point, equipped with different initial quantities of courage, intellect and money. A different starting point affects the end point. Those who come to groups from a low starting poing will find themselves after thirty years in a better place, compared to their own starting point.
What is the unit of measure of grit? Years.
Grit is founded on decades of persistance, grit manifests in resistance to external difficulties. Grit maintains focus in front of disruptions. We sum up grit toward the end of life. Period.
A practitioner who trains for ten years is at the beginning of the road. Ten years is about tenth grade. A practitioner who has been training for thirty years is getting nearer.
Should the training be in Akban? Of course not, but there must be a comprehensive practicum, not just practicing but an initiation practicum that the apprentice is a part of.
When I look at the student’s cards, I do not see a statistically significant deviation. Long-term training predicts a student’s personal success – success relative to his starting point.
And those students who have a good starting point? Money, high IQ, crazy courage, the same students create success that can be measured in absolute terms, not only relative. Academic achievements, excellent family life, money or if the apprentice wishes to – an enterprise that improves the quality of life of many other people.
Grit means a simple but very difficult thing – training is not an option.
Over the last weeks we went into the rabbit hole of Kukishin Ryu and especially paid respect and training time to the formidable Oni Kudaki armlock. As Z. said, the focus that Kukishin Ryu puts on this difficult lock is unprecedented in martial arts.
At the last sessions, last week, we worked on the riddle from a different direction, more battle ready, and did the special Tai Sabaki that epitomises Kukishin Kata. This background will also serve us at the Ran Levari, AKBAN Berlin Dojo Cho, upcoming seminar.
Before Yom Kipur, this Friday morning, 29.9.2017, 07:00-08:00, we will condense a fitness and technique seminar in the water at the sea shore. Wear AKBAN shorts and tee-shirt.
Here’s a link to registration page, number of places limited… click here to register (AKBAN Active students only).
In the dojo, we have been working on several subjects since the beginning of September: Several opponents, stance for grappling, combining kicks and strikes, evasion 7-8 and entering an arm lock from a double strike.
This week we will learn elbows and combine this with Jumonji and sharp weapons, in preparation for Sukkot Sharp weapons seminar.
Rituals have energy, but the proper routine has hidden power. A training regime that is going on correctly is the engine of a long train whose cars will push to keep moving even if the locomotive thinks about stopping.
Our routine, at the beginning of every fall, is a reminder. We walk on an ancient trail that went on for hundreds of years, a path whose song line I received from my teacher, Doron Navon, a path of martial arts practice. On this centuries-old road, weapons have changed, enemies became friends and we do not yet know what foxes we will see, what hides behind the curve. Modernity makes old paths disappear, sometimes it’s unseen, hardly threaded.
It’s not enough to walk, you have to walk in a certain style. It’s important to know what language we speak, what is my family name, what is your family name, what is our family name, what is our uniform, where we did start and where we will not set foot.
This reminder is a choice, this choice is not comfortable.
In AKBAN we wear black gi. Beginners wear pants and upper jacket, advanced practitioners, from three years onward, wear the Hakama, Japanese combat skirt. On the chest, on the left side, an embroidered Akban Kamon.
This is how we start training from tomorrow, September 2017 till July 2018, preparing for the next Blitz.
This is the 31st year I teach. This is ritual and the routine of what we do.
Black pants and Gi jacket for beginners, and for veterans, black Hakama, black Gi.
Sunday, 18:00-20:00, Municipal martial arts center, Tedi Stadium, Jerusalem
Monday, 19:00-20:30, Hakatedra, Ramat Hasharon
Tuesday, 18:00-20:30, Ironi He, 294 Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv
Wednesday, 18:00-20:00, 20:00-21:00, Municipal martial arts center, Tedi Stadium, Jerusalem
Thursday, 18:00-20:00, Ironi He, 294 Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv
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.
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.
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.