An invitation to the 5th Ninjutsu colloquium from AKBAN academy on Vimeo.,_October_2014

The 5th AKBAN Ninjutsu Colloquium will take place in AKBAN Honbu dojo at October the 24th, and will focus on one advanced Kata from the martial system of Kukisinden. The kata will be Gyaku Nage.

This open seminar will research issues and perspectives of awareness, attack syncopes and technical challenges at. The issues will be explore from the perspective of fighting and the perspective of martial art.

This week we will be returning to regular schedule. Sukkot holiday was filled with seminars. You can watch and listen to Miles Kessler senseimeditation fundamentals here. The first part of weapon seminar video will be ready later this week.
לוח שיעורי נינג'יטסו

The beginner and intermediate groups will practice basic Ninjutsu kicks and work these into relevant kata that combine strikes and kicks.

At the veteran groups we will explore rhythm and speed changes in the Shirabe Moguri gata level of Kukishinden Ryu. We will see how tempo changes divert the attention of the opponent and wirk these into randori sequences.

The Fifth Ninjutsu colloquium will take place this Friday (24.10.2014, 08:00 sharp). Akban practitioners are invited, as usual. Students from other schools are welcome, with the approval of their instructor, or if they are group leaders themselves.

Video of basic Ninjutsu kicks

Video of the theme kata of the 5th colloquium

  1. Anything that arises in your experience, you can take as an object of meditation.
  2. Anything you can observe isn’t you.
  3. Everything can be observed.
fundamentals of meditation #meditation 

Three basic instructions to help you out with the practice of mindfulness:
Number one,
Anything that arises in your experience, you can observe.
Anything that arises in your experience – right now, if you feel your body, your mind, whatever, there is something happening in your experience, physical sensations, feelings, the mind is angry or happy or whatever – if you can observe that, it’s good. Anything that arises in your experience you can take as an object of meditation, you can observe it. Pressure here, I can take that as a meditation, my object of meditation. Anything that arises you can observe.

Number two,
Anything that you can observe isn’t you.
Anything that you can see in your experience is not you. That one goes deep. You think, oh, what ever, that’s me, wherever I’m at, here, the part of me that’s here, that I’m hiding, if I can see that as a meditative object, it’s not me anymore, it’s not me. It’s an object in my experience, but it’s not me. So, anything you can observe, it’s not who you are fundamentally.

Number three
Everything can be observed.
And the last point is that everything can be observed. Everything can be observed, Everything can be observed. Everything can be taken as an object of observation. Even the sense of self, the most fundamental sense of who you are, with a little bit of practice can detach and be observed with mindfulness.

Taken with permission from Miles Kessler “Spiritual warrior” Dharma talk in AKBAN. Miles Kessler teaches in

Three fundamentals of meditation practice - Miles Kessler in AKBAN from AKBAN academy on Vimeo.

Miles Kessler is a certified Vipassanā meditation teacher in the Mahasi tradition, and a teacher of Zen meditation in the Big mind school.

Miles has many valuable insights to the AKBAN practice, being a certified 5th Dan Aikido teacher who spent many years in Ibaraki Dojo, Iwama, Japan.

Miles described the basics of his meditation practice and gave the first session in a seminar about mindfulness.


How to do Gyaku Nage no kata from Kukishin Ryu from AKBAN academy on Vimeo.,_Shirabe_moguri_gata_level,_Kukishin_Ryu
Yossi Sheriff, the AKBAN Academy headmaster, dissects this complicated, Shirabe Moguri level, kata and explains some of the reasons behind its intricate syncopation.

How to do Gyaku Nage no kata from Kukishin Ryu from AKBAN academy on Vimeo.,_Shirabe_moguri_gata_level,_Kukishin_Ryu
Yossi Sheriff, the AKBAN Academy headmaster, dissects this complicated, Shirabe Moguri level, kata and explains some of the reasons behind its intricate syncopation.

We can only ascertain the meaning of the word “beauty” by seeing how we use it.

From Wittgenstein’s Lectures: Cambridge, 1932-1935, Edited by Alice Ambrose

At Sukkot Holiday we have three seminars, one for meditation and two for traditional weapons. In Chol HaMoed we will not be training regularly.

Sunday, 5.10.2014 – Regular AKBAN Jerusalem

Monday, 6.10.2014 – Regular AKBAN Ramat Hasharon

Tuesday, 7.10.2014 – Regular AKBAN Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 8.10.2014, Holiday, no session

Thursday, 9.10.2014, Holiday, no session

Friday, 10.10.2014 – Meditation seminar, Tel Aviv dojo, 13:00

Sunday, 12.10.2014, Wohl rose garden, 16:00-19:00, Weapon seminar

Monday, 13.10.2014, No session

Tuesday, 14.10.2014, 16:00-20:00, AKBAN Tel Aviv, Weapon seminar

Friday 17.10.2014, 08:00, AKBAN Tel Aviv, Weapon session

Meditation seminar with Miles Kessler

At Friday, 10.10.2014, 13:00-15:00, at Tel Aviv dojo we will have an introduction to meditation seminar with Mile Kessler sensei from Integral dojo. The level of action that our recent advance in Kata practice demands necessitates learning awareness and concentration methodically. Miles Kessler is a certified Vipassanā meditation teacher in the Mahasi tradition, and in addition to that, a teacher of  Zen meditation in the Big mind school. Miles has many valuable insights to our practice being a certified Aikido teacher who spent many years in Ibaraki dojo in Iwama, Japan. Miles will present the basics of his systems and an introduction to applying it in our martial arts practice.

We decided that each participant will contribute 40 NIS to AIKIDO without borders.


Sukkot weapon seminars

At the first holiday’s eve (8.10.2014) and the holiday (9.10.2014) and at Hoshaána raba (15.10.2014) and Simhat Tora (16.10.2014) there will be no training.

At Sukkot we will have two weapon seminars. We will repeat Kunai, Kusari, Hanbo and also some middle ages’ Cape and Jacket techniques.

At the regular sessions, before the holiday, we will continue to work the flowcharts of Kukishin ryu techniques. We will introduce the throws I didn’t teach last week and integrate them into the kata. The Tel Aviv veteran group will do Gyaku Nage kata.

One of the videos below was posted last week, but I am reposting it and some great sword work too.

  from   reads Ozymandias from the last episode of the series, named the same. 
Weekend #quote from  

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Two variations of Kukishinden kata, September lessons, 2014 from AKBAN academy on Vimeo.

Yossi Sheriff, AKBAN Academy headmaster explains the reciprocal roles of two exit points from Kukishinden Ryu Kata,_September_2014

This week, it’s training as usual, including the Friday morning weapon session in AKBAN Tel Aviv.

At the Taijutsu groups we will do two levels. Beginners and intermediate level will practice four throws: Harai Goshi (kukishin), O guruma, Kani Basami and Yoko Sutemi and add three self defense kata of Koto Ryu.


The advanced veteran level will explore four different exit points from an even rhythm preliminary attacks. Oni Kudaki, an armlock that has been bothering me since the fourth colloquium, will be emphasized.

All the levels will repeat attack and defense syncopation and at the Jerusalem group we will use the punching bag for sequential Kihon work.

Friday group will continue Randori oriented sword drills and start short stick of Jogo do pau.


I attached three videos, here

the first one is Kani Basami throw, the second one is Kataho no kata and the third one is some great guy I found two years ago in YouTube who does the basics of Jogo du Pau and got only 96 view since, most of these are mine, I am sure.

Anyway, here’s this guy who does awesome stick with cool looking sunglasses in his dojo.

When you walks alone, you must lower risks. “Play it safe. Choose a simpler route. learn the topography better. Carry more water. Lower luxury items and again, be prepared: know your map.”

You can not walk alone if you did not prepare your body and your mind set. You, you-yourself, is the most important piece of equipment you must prepare. Focus on preparing yourself. If you do not understand the details, do not go out alone, because, like randori, you will get hit if you lied to yourself.

Alone: do not sleep on the road or near the road, do not make noise, do not light a fire where you intend to sleep. If you are alone and you are looking for a place to sleep, look for a good place during the afternoon, remember its location, pass it. Then, if you want to light a fire, do so, cook, eat, drink tea. At dusk, pack your things and return quietly to where you you previously decided.

When you are alone, fear must pay you a visit. It might be daytime, it might be middle of the night, but it will visit. When fear comes to visit, be a good host, then let it depart on it’s way.

Taken with permission from “Kitab el AKBAN” D.&Y.