- Yehoshua Sofer is also the name of a victim of the June 2010 West Bank shooting.
() an Israeli hip hop musician and martial artist. Yehoshua Sofer was born into a Breslover Hasidim
family in Jamaica
. His family moved to Los Angeles
in 1963 where he studied Tang Soo Do
, receiving a black belt by 1968, aged ten. He studied Kuk Sool Won
from 1974, advancing to 6th dan, and worked as a trainer and bodyguard during the 1970s and 1980s.
He moved to Israel
in 1989, and in 1993, he recorded a minor Israeli hip hop
hit in Hebrew, Humus Metamtem
("Humus Makes You Stupid"). In 2000, he ran a Kuk Sool Won school at the International Convention
In 2002, he founded the Abir Warrior Arts Association of Israel
, teaching his own style of "Abir-Abir-Qesheth Hebrew Warrior Arts" () in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, claiming an unbroken tradition dating to Israelite antiquity preserved by an underground school of "Bani Abir" in Habban, Yemen
, and styling himself Aluf Abir
"Grandmaster of Abir".The word abir
in Modern Hebrew
", interpreted as an acronym ,for ("Our Lord
, our Creator, our Maker, our Healer").
The school's logo spells the word in the Phoenician alphabet
as ; the letter shapes are significant because of Abir's "Aleph-Beth Fighting System" where "Abir practitioners learn to assume the forms of the twenty-two Hebrew letters in all of their seven types of combat... Read More