This web site is very active, active in a web 1.0 kind of way. During the last months our extremely lean crew (recession and other problems has decimated the number of active people working on the Akban project by half) continued to write new articles and martial art techniques to the Akban-wiki.
If you’ll take a look at our recent wiki changes you’ll notice a lot of garble if you do not have Hebrew installed on your computer – we’re translating our initial data into Hebrew on the same database.
Our documenting abilities are a bit more sophisticated now – we document all the new krav maga techniques in HD video.
Till now, in order to find a movie of a martial art technique the viewer had to know the name of the technique, search the technique in the Akban-wiki and only then view the technique inside the relevant martial arts encyclopedia article.
A few months ago we paused almost all the documentation of new techniques in video and text. We wanted to make using our website an easier experience. The new video page is the result of this work. All the videos in it and most of the videos on our site were filmed by us with a small group of Akban veterans and an even smaller group of martial arts instructors from various martial arts. We store the videos on YouTube to save on broadband fees.
Economizing is one of our themes as this web site is not money oriented and the ads on it just make part of our fees sustainable. This underlying structure has made the instructors that agreed that their techniques be videoed, posted, debated and sometimes substituted by a better technique a rare breed of people.
We salute this small group of veterans and martial arts instructors. Next month we’ll start adding short biographies in English, we already have a biographies in Hebrew.
Due to server downtime our website was down for a few hours, our apologies. A trusted team of top Akban-Bifugi experts with our hosts’ team spent a nerve wrecking time trying to solve the puzzle and run an FSCK – File System Check. Thanks to Matt Guza we finally went online.
Kaltura, the new guys on the web video applications, recently partnered with the Wikimedia Foundation to provide collaborative video functionality to Wikipedia’s 207 Million unique visitors.
We are really glad they picked our project – The Akban-wiki martial arts encyclopedia – as a featured costumer and partner.
Kaltura lets users edit video online from a variety of sources to create informative new videos from existing ones. This correlates perfectly with our community wiki because Kaltura allows wiki editing and history of user’s edits.
Five more martial arts technique from the koryu school of Koto ryu have been added to the martial arts database. We expect several more years of repeating and improving before the conclusion of the Bujinkan curriculum in the Akban-wiki.
As for documenting other martial arts like Karate and various Kong fu schools that interest us, we think that this will be a decades long project.
New Koto ryu kata in video:
1. Hoteki no kata
2. Keto no kata
3. Hosoku no kata
4. Saku geki no kata
5. Shato no kata
We are experiencing some problems in the registration system. As the Bifugi IT department is having a scheduled vacation, it might take us hours to sort this one out.
Meanwhile you can enjoy the information we have here for you – our martial arts friend.
Jason, thanks for being the first to report this bug.