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Abir, as a fighting system of the people of Israel, began with the three patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Abraham was the son of Terah, the warlord of Nimrod (ruler of the kingdom of Babylon); he had a monotheistic revelation and left Babylon for the land of Cana'an. Abraham taught the fighting system he had learned from his father, Abir-Qesheth, to his son Isaac, who in turn taught his own son, Jacob. Jacob further developed this art and gave a unique form to each of his sons, who later became the twelve tribes of Israel. It was during this period in history that Hebrew Abir warriors(or "Habiru") entered the land of Cana'an and subsequently moved southwest into Egypt with the journey of Jacob and his family. Over the next several hundred years, Abir was further developed in Egypt until it was finally brought back into the land of Cana'an which was conquered by the Israelites as was commanded by God, and the land was called Israel(Eretz Yisrael).
The Israelite warrior art – the Abir tradition – was further organized and refined as a system under the rule of the kings; first Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin, and then the kings of the Judean/Davidic lineage. While the first and second Temples stood, the Abir system was used in battle against the Babylonians and the Romans; with the destruction of each Temple, and the start of the exile and the Jewish diaspora, the Abir tradition was brought into Persia and Arabia. In Arabia, the "Bani Abir" ("children of Abir") society was formed by warriors from the Davidic dynasty who were dispatched to Yemen, where they ultimately settled (particularly in Ḥabban) and built encampments. Isolated in a dangerous and primitive environment, these warriors and their descendants were able to preserve many ancient traditions. In later centuries, members of the Bani Abir served as bodyguards to the Arab monarchs and important imams and sheikhs. This is the
legacy of the Aluf Abir's family
With the return of the Bani Abir to the land of Israel in the twentieth century, the Abir tradition went "underground." This actually began during the last generation before ''Operation Magic Carpet'' in which the majority of Yemenite Jewry was airlifted to Israel. Several of the Bani Abir made their way to Israel on their own before that time. Relations between local Arabs began to deteriorate and Jews in Hadramaut were under suspicion to the extent that Arabs would not give down payments on commissioned silversmith works or loans for fear that they would soon flee to Israel. Many Arab tribesmen became conscripts for the British military and thus were given rifles and ammunition. This created a new level of danger and the Bani Abir ceased all forms of public training; members were not allowed to discuss training in Abir with anyone outside of the Bani Abir society. In fact, most people did not even know that the previous Aluf Abir was still alive, as several attempts were made on the lives of Bani Abir figures, including the previous Aluf Abir's brother (who was killed by the king of Yemen, after making him an incredible sword, to ensure that he would never make such a beautiful weapon for anyone else).
The Bani Abir kept out of the public eye until the year 2001, when the Abir Ro'yim authorized the current Aluf Abir of Abir-Qesheth Hebrew Warrior Arts to openly teach and propagate the system in public after giving in to the pleas of his son the Aluf Abir who expressed the need to reintroduce the hidden Israelite fighting system to the Judaic people before it would be lost forever.
In 2008, Abir was recognized by the Israel Sport Authority (through its representative branch, the Wingate College of Sport Sciences) as an Israeli self-defense system and fighting art.