I came across this while reading through the forums at RPG.net. I’d never heard about it, and it is simply amazing.
Abir is an ancient Jewish martial art that is rooted in Torah so that there is no danger of avodah zara (idolatry) as there could be in the study of other Oriental martial arts which feature philosophy and practices of religions contrary to Torah (like Shinto, for example). It is based on the Aleph Bet (Hebrew alphabet) and features katas based on each of the tribes (like the Double Snake of Dan).
I am incredibly proud and excited about this finding. The image of the meek Jew has become way too prevalent in the world over the last century, and while it is certainly true we are a peaceful people at heart, we are also warriors with a strong tradition stretching back to King David and even to Abraham. It is great to see this core being ignited once again, especially when it is in a tradition that fully merges the strength of body with the strength of spirit through Torah learning.
I’m going to be research this more, because guess what my new gaming project is going to be… 😉