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    The Early History of Abir

    Post  Philip on Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:57 pm

    According to Abir tradition, Abir's history begins with the three patriarchs of the Jewish people, Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yisshaq), and Jacob (Ya'aqov). The patriarchs built upon the crude fighting system developed by the earlier descendents of Shem, son of Noah, weaving together different elements in developing their own unique system.

    At the time of our forefather Avraham's birth, the core concentration of the Semitic people (the descendants of Shem) settled in "Shinar" (aka "Bavel"/Mesapotemia); their influence was felt throughout Mesapotemia during the reign of Nimrod, king of Bavel and ruler of the entire known world at the time. The Semitic mode of dress, art, music, diet, and architecture all became increasingly prominent in the region and spread across Mesapotemia from the ruling monarchy and the military classes all the way down to the common man. In fact, the previous Aluf Abir taught us that the ancient warriors of the Semitic/Hebrew tradition were also great musicians and dancers.

    Avraham was the son of Terah, Nimrod's warlord - who must have been an awesome warrior to attain that position, no doubt! Avraham had to go into hiding and fled Bavel, taking 318 of his students, warriors, and the members of his household to Haran, subsequently journeying onward to the land of Canaan. God later promised Canaan to Avraham as a holy land, to be conquered and settled by his offspring. Avraham was the first to introduce the ideas of God and monotheistic faith to humankind.

    Avrahams son Yisshaq (Isaac) was also a mighty warrior and trained his sons in Abir as well. In time, it became apparent to Yisshaq that his son Ya'aqov was "immersed in holiness" and used his might in prayer and righteousness, while his brother Esaw (Esau) "splashed blood at the drop of a hat." Yisshaq therefore gave his blessings to Ya'aqov.

    Our patriarch Ya'aqov, the grandson of Avraham, was also called "Abir Ya'aqov" for his power and chivalry, and the "Rock of Israel" for his great strength; his faith was as unmovable as a rock. Ya'aqov fathered twelve sons; as the boys grew, they were drawn (along with their father) into many fierce battles with many kings and clans in the land of Canaan. From early on, their skills were seen as almost supernatural. Tradition has it that Ya'aqov gave each son a special fighting form. With a wise spirit, Ya'aqov saw each son's strengths and weaknesses in combat, assessing each son's unique physical and spiritual attributes - as well as the various physical requirements demanded by the different territorial regions in the land of Israel which each son's descendants were destined to inherit for eternity.
    An Egyptian depiction of ancient Jews (identified by their beards and garb) practicing Abir-Qesheth.

    Note the hand/arm movements of the center figures, here shown to be engaging in a "warm-up" exercise that is still done to this day



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    How Abir-Qesheth Was Preserved in Yemen

    Post  Philip on Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:59 pm

    About the time of the destruction of the first Temple, the warriors of the Aluf Abir's family (members of the House of King David) were dispatched to Yemen from ancient Israel during a war.

    The battalion, which left Israel as a single unit, was divided in Yemen into two divisions. One was under the leadership of a Kohen (a Jewish priest) who soon fell in battle. The other division - containing the members of the Aluf Abir's family - was under the command of a warrior from the tribe of Lewi (Levi). They were ordered to move southeast, in order to take control of a mountainous region which was a crossroads leading to all five regions of Yemen, the path to and from the desert routes, and all routes to the harbors, which were ports of international passage and commerce at that time. They found and took control of sources for drinking water as well as the best vantage point in the area - the city of Habban, in what is today known as Wadi Shabwah, at the mouth of the Hadramaut desert that borders Oman to the east and Aden to the west, the Gulf of Aden to the south and Saudi Arabia to the north. This area remained very much the same for a few thousand years and is where each Aluf Abir would train his warriors - as well as his succeeding grandson - for generations.

    The previous Aluf Abir was a very pious man who traveled to various centers of Torah scholarship. He was the "Rabbah" or spiritual leader of the community. All the Habbani warriors who comprised the secret "Bani Abir" were primarily drawn from a core group within the Aluf Abir's clan, which was known by the name "Ma'atuf" (although at one point a branch of the family became known as "Doh," in reference to their work in coloring textiles). From that time on, the "Bani Abir" included both Ma'atuf family members as well as Doh family members, and moreover were known as "Ma'atuf Doh" or "Ma'atuf il Doh." Within the "Bani Abir," the Aluf Abir's family was called "Sofer," which later came to replace both "Ma'atuf" and "Doh." A "Sofer" is known today as merely a scribe who writes Torah scrolls and other holy texts; however, a "Sofer" is also a protector, as Moses was called the "Sofer" of Israel because he was our "protector," so to speak.

    Originally, the Ma'atuf Doh clan had lived outside of the actual city of Habban; however, the family ended up moving from the wilder environment of Wadi Hadramaut into the city proper. The Aluf Abir's family lived in a large, multi-storied adobe building called "Beth il Doh" and trained outdoors in open areas, near what was to become the road to Marib.

    Sometime before the entire Jewish community left Habban to be airlifted to Israel, the Abir system went totally underground and seemed to vanish from the world. The "Bani Abir" ceased all forms of training in public view and disallowed any discussion of Abir training outside of the main "Bani Abir" nucleus.

    Once in Israel, members of the Habbani community were placed in two locations: on a moshav (agricultural village) near the Ben Shemen forest and in a section of Tel Aviv (where they live to this day). Sixty years after the Habbani Jews returned to the land of Israel, after having lived like ancient Israelites for thousands of years, most of the Habbanis with hands-on knowledge of Abir have passed on into the next world. Only a few of the older people have a memory of seeing some of the dance moves - which are still seen at family celebrations - correctly applied as fighting forms. Some old timers still dance with swords. Today, the young Habbanis may still smoke the traditional water pipe but none wear the long hair and shaved mustaches our forefathers wore, or wrap their bodies and heads in the garb of our ancestors. The last Habbani left who still wears his hair that way, who still dresses in the traditional clothing, who still practices Abir - is the current Aluf Abir, Yehoshua Sofer Ma'atuf Doh.

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    The Israelite Art of War

    Post  Philip on Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:16 pm

    Read the Hebrew Bible and you'll see amazing tales of the battles the God of Israel won for His people, the Israelites...

    How did they actually fight in those battles?

    If the Israelites won countless victories over many ancient nations - the 'Amaleqites, the Cana'anites, the Ammonites, the Moavites, the Babylonians - and if hundreds of Israelites regularly defeated tens of thousands of soldiers...

    How did they overcome such overwhelming odds?

    Historical records tell of the Judean armed resistance against the Greek and Roman armies, attesting that they fought valiantly in wars which lasted for many years...

    How did they defeat the armies of world superpowers who had conquered the entire world?

    What was the Israelites' secret to the art of war?

    Were they simply untrained and lucky farmers?

    Or is it possible that they were skilled and seasoned warriors, masters of an ancient warrior art that has survived to this very day?

    Many people do not know that the Israelites possess a mighty warrior tradition that has been kept and developed over thousands of years...

    ...the very tradition which we teach and practice today:

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    About Training in Abir-Qesheth

    Post  Philip on Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:18 pm

    Abir is the combat system of the Judaic, Hebrew-Israelite nation.

    As one might expect from the children of Israel, Abir is a combat system which is inseparable from, and subordinate to, authentic Torah rulings concerning every action which is taken by its practitioners. The system provides a deep, spiritual expression of faith and commitment to the God of Israel, His holy Torah, and to the people of Israel as a nation living by its authentic laws.

    The Abir system is as effective as a form of physical combat, as it is as a spiritual discipline. An Abir practitioner acquires useful fighting skills that provide solutions to a wide variety of defensive needs. Even though many applications of Abir principles are learned at the beginning of a practitioner's studies, there is much more to explore within the curriculum of this vast system. Should you choose to train in Abir for a lifetime, you are assured that you will never run out of new concepts and techniques to learn that will take you along a deeply rich path, step-by-step.

    Abir is also a very pleasant and rewarding activity that provides both emotional and physical benefits. Abir has a unique Torah based diagnostic/healing system.

    The system includes therapeutic use of diet, herbs, oils, extracts, compresses, massage and self induced change produced through special motivational motions and verbal fortification of ones most positive connection with our inner most built in positive aspects . This system teaches the Abir practitioner to identify and ignore irrational self defeating negative thoughts.

    While it is not claimed that Abir will necessarily increase a practitioner's lifespan, it can certainly enhance the overall quality of his or her life.

    As an ancient Hebrew tradition bridging our past and our future, Abir is not just a grab-bag of striking, grappling, and acrobatic tricks. Students of Abir experience prayer and Torah-study in each training session, although it is not imposed upon students to be religiously observant to any degree outside the walls of the Abir training hall.

    Ultimately, a practitioner of Abir must completely submit to the will of the God of Israel, embarking on a path of justice and righteousness that necessitates observance of His laws and instructions, the rules of life which transform a human being into a willing instrument of God. It is necessary to celebrate the declared holy days - especially the Sabbath - in order to bring a practitioner of Abir into harmony with the divine order which God has established in His creation. Likewise, practitioners of Abir musts carefully observe the dietary laws in order to achieve maximum physical and spiritual health, to avoid weakening their awareness of and connection to God.

    However, all practitioners are free to choose their own level of Torah-observance and whatever approach they feel is most appropriate for them; there is never any interference with students' personal choices. One does not have to be 'religious' in order to be included in the Abir program. Any Abir student who wishes to take on more Torah-study and observance of Jewish law is encouraged to do so gradually, at his or her own pace.

    The following are categories of training in Abir, covering the classical and essential elements of Abir Warrior Arts:

    Tribal Warrior Arts
    - Bio-mechanical principles combined with calculation of timing, spatial/distance issues, variant speeds, the use and gradation of force, weight distribution, and preferred directions/angles.
    - Emulating the characteristic movements and 'spirits' of the fighting animals who symbolically represent the attributes of specific tribes.
    * Snake = Dan
    * Lion = Judah
    * Deer = Naftali
    * Bull = Joseph
    * Two-headed cow = Ephraim
    * Donkey = Issachar
    * Wolf = Benjamin
    * Great Eagle = Levi (and our master Moses)
    * Monkey = The letter "Qof" (not a tribe per se, but simply a letter)

    Qesheth Warrior Arts
    * Qesheth is the Hebrew word for "bow" (as in "bow and arrow").
    * Qesheth also refers to arched, bent, or looped limbs, as well as an arch, an ellipse, or a physical power.
    * The Qesheth method refers to always striking with an arched limb in a looping, elliptical, or circular manner, and is employed using both the upper and lower limbs, striking with any surface on the limbs.
    The Qesheth method is also applied in pushing, pressing, and locking joints, using either the arms or the legs.

    The Aleph-Beth Fighting System
    * Abir practitioners learn to assume the forms of the twenty-two Hebrew letters in all of their seven types of combat applications.
    * The Aleph-Beth system includes several of the Hebrew fonts, which are applied both in armed and unarmed combat.

    "Forms" Training (Tavniyoth)

    Preparatory Exercise (Hakhanah)

    "Strengthening" (Ḥithhazquth)
    * Practitioners empower their spirit with Torah-study, faith, and prayer.
    Abir practitioners also build a powerful, yet fluid, physical vessel for moving and directing energy in accordance with God's will.
    * Abir applied emotional/motion/motivational healing arts.

    "Connection"-Building (Ḥibbur)
    * Ḥibbur means "connection" and refers to becoming acquainted with the God of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and the land of Israel, and also includes becoming connected with our ancestors through all of the various divisions of the Abir program:
    1. Visiting the tribal regions of the land of Israel and the battlegrounds where we fought as a nation at war over our long history.
    2. Learning how to make weapons as our ancestors did.
    3. Becoming a master of endangered Israelite ritual skills:
    * Making traditional Israelite clothing
    * Tying fringes (tsitsith) on shawls (tallith) and other four-cornered garments
    * Slaughtering animals according to Jewish law (sheḥitah)
    * Circumcision (milah)
    * Scribal arts (safruth), especially using the reed quill (qolmos)
    * Preparing both split (qelaf) and un-split (gewil) hides for scribal use
    * Preparing special ink (diyoh) for scribal use
    * Building ritual baths (miqwaoth)
    4. Learning time-honored Israelite agricultural skills:
    * Farming and growing food
    * Saddle-making
    * Horsemanship
    * Animal husbandry
    5. Taking the time to become familiar with the "four corners" of the land of Israel, paying special attention to deserts, forests, and valleys.
    6. Studying the people of Israel using scientific and historical methodologies and resources.
    7. Meeting with Abir practitioners from around the world and establishing fellowship among the children of Israel.
    8. Conducting outreach to inform those uninformed about Abir through lectures, speaking engagements, seminars, and demonstrations for groups and institutions.
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    LINKS

    Post  Philip on Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:24 pm

    Here are some links to some videos of this style of Israelite Combat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmy0ZqStGXc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0p-Yw-8svY&feature
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RVoobwulIU&feature
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aMOeiTRJvY&feature
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    Re: The Early History of Abir

    Post  Arik on Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:46 pm

    Excellent info. Thanks a million!

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    Re: The Early History of Abir

    Post  Philip on Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:50 pm

    No problem Bro! Best of both worlds for you.... Torah and Martial arts! lol!

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