The internationally recognized symbol of Nabard- The Persian Art of Combat
The reigning Persian philosophy between 1000 BC - 1000 AD.
The Trilogy of Nabard represents the evolutionary cycle of life as understood through the mind of a NABARD Warrior.
The symbol of the T.O.A.S. Way the philosophy of Nabard- the Persian Art of Combat founded by Master Safakhoo.
INTRODUCTION TO NABARD's PHILOSOPHY
Imagine if you could transcend your material world to explore the essence of your existence; thereby strategically harmonizing the practical and conceptual elements of your life. Imagine if you THINK T.O.A.S.
T.O.A.S. (the acronym for - Transcendental Organized Applicable Strategies) is an experience which begins on the physical level and gradually deepens to a pervasive philosophy influencing the totality of one’s life.T.O.A.S. does not present itself as a dogma or model to be followed; it merely suggestshow to think rather than what to think.
The “Warrior Within” icon was created to personify the martial spirit within each of us. The T.O.A.S. WAY is the understanding that life is the enigmatic experience of growth and awareness through discovery of self. The T.O.A.S. WAY centers itself around the belief that all human beings innately possess the abilities necessary to fulfill their greatest potential yet, must acquire discipline in order to achieve their destinies.
In the T.O.A.S. WAY, it is known that true education is not in the mere recitation of a formula, but in the mental discipline of knowing how to think. The waking mind of T.O.A.S. weighs information with the scales of introspection and discernment. Once clear of dogmas and stigmas, the intellect is able to ponder reality from a transcended view point where decisions are made with logically organized strategies which are applicable to the pursuit and accomplishment of one’s purpose. This describes the way in which to THINK T.O.A.S.
The belief in Nabard that discipline of body becomes discipline of life, necessitates that the road to self mastery begin on the physical level. Nabard is designed to deliver these concepts in each element of training through the accomplishment of physical goals. Each training session becomes a victory against the paralyzing forces of fear, laziness, and self-doubt. Consequently, Nabard physical training serves as a tool to strengthen one mentally. Upon each physical victory, one is given the experience of self-discovery through triumph over self.
The moment you begin to know yourself, an extraordinary
creative process is set in motion in which you choose to either grow
or accept mediocrity. Once the choice to transcend is made, the warrior
within awakens to empower you to master your own physical and mental
capabilities. With this waking mind you will discovery your true potential
to THINK T.O.A.S. and go beyond as research inspires experience; experience
inspires imagination; and imagination inspires creation. This is the
inherent challenge offered in the teachings of Nabard where the question
becomes, “Do you have what it takes?” -Grandmaster Safakhoo
The profound essence of the ineffable art of Nabard is presented here in the universal language of symbolism to be interpreted and understood upon extensive explanation and in-depth analysis. It is here with sincere humility that this philosophy is presented as the archetype for all modern day martial arts to those who chose to embrace it.
INDEPTH NABARD PHILOSOPHY
The Emblem The T.O.A.S. emblem represents the philosophy associated with the art of Nabard- The Persian Art of Combat,brought into being by Grandmaster Marco Safakhoo. A preliminary look reveals a circle encasing the shape of an eagle. However, a closer inspection of the emblem and the symbols it contains reveals the profound philosophy of Nabard.
The Tail of the Emblem
Beginning at the base of the emblem, the tail of the eagle, a human figure is depicted in a meditative position; his thoughts are reflected in the light of the sun’s rays. As in the rudder of a ship, the tail of the eagle is utilized to change direction. The widened tail tapers inward to the eagle’s body, which widens again at the chest giving the appearance of an hourglass. The chest and tail of the emblem, while connected are at opposite ends. The distance between the two represents the transition we make while moving through space and time. It is both a physical and mental journey, guided by life’s choices. It is here, deep within the recesses of the human mind, that we make the decision to strive for excellence rather than to be content with mediocrity. Here the choice is made to better ourselves and thereby improve the world around us.
The Feet of the Emblem
As we progress on our journey we come to the feet of the eagle, the feet of the emblem are symbolic of the strength and determination one should have in order to achieve the goals which one has set in life. The feet are composed of a trilogy (three forms becoming one). This trilogy is illustrated by three colors: black, red, and white. It is a form, of an inseparable bond of distinctly different aspects of life unified in one pattern. Though this symbol within the eagle’s feet is similar to the yin-yang symbol, it is more inclusive. It is the opposing forces of the universe plus the self, who is both participant and observer. The three colors within the symbol personify the mental, physical and the essence of self (one’s unique conscience). The black is the embodiment of conflict, the unknown or negative forces which we strive to overcome. The red is the embodiment of self, life’s blood and the sacrifices made in order to meet life’s challenges. White embodies the state of tranquility, equilibrium and the known forces we encounter in discovering our universe. It is this state that we strive to attain, which we will reach when we learn to utilize our inner strength to soar to greater heights. From this inner strength we derive the power and the courage to reach our full potential both mentally and physically on our journey to enlightenment.
The Chest of the Emblem
Proceeding along our journey to the chest of the eagle, the top of the hourglass, we are reminded of our short existence on Earth. We realize that our time should not be wasted as we pass through the various stages in life. These stages are depicted by the sections in the top of the hourglass representing our growth. The extent of our growth depends upon how much of ourselves both mentally and physically we are willing to expend in our quest for inner peace.
The Wings of the Emblem
The broad outstretched wings of the eagle in an expanse of boundless sky, remind us that our thoughts are all-encompassing. We realize that lack of understanding is not permanent. We strive to soar above our accomplishments and to achieve greater understanding and knowledge, as well as a heightened awareness of ourselves and our universe. The weapons within the eagle’s wings are symbolic of the conflicts, obstacles, and opposition that we encounter during our life’s journey. These conflicts are both external and internal for we struggle with choices and dilemmas that will inevitably dictate our life’s path. This is a period of learning; a period that will decide whether we follow a known doctrine or whether we continue to accept the challenge to strive for self-enlightenment to expand our horizons in a meaningful way.
The Head of the Emblem
Progressing along our journey we come to the head of the eagle, symbolizing the balance between the opposing forces of the universe. This is represented by the yin-yang symbol. The yin-yang symbolizes oneness, a totality of being. It is cause and effect, existence and non-existence, dark and light, strength and weakness, the known and unknown. It is all things in one thing. Our struggle remains to discover and comprehend that which is unknown. We continually seek greater possessions, status, prestige, and physical pleasures. We begin to realize the significance of our heightened awareness, the way in which our minds control our thoughts and action. We begin to internalize and actualize ideas which were previously empty intellectual concepts. We arrive at an even deeper self discovery, the discovery of life at its beginning. Life is not stagnant; it is moving, changing, and evolving yet always returning to its origin. Life is dynamic. It is here at the point that we have come to anticipate the fulfillment of our purpose for being.
The Eagle as a Whole
In its entirety the eagle emblem symbolizes freedom
and strength, characteristics necessary to achieve life’s goals. The
circle around the eagle has long represented the continuity of life.
It is the pattern of birth, death and rebirth that is exemplified in
the natural cycle of life. The yellow outline around the smaller blue
circle, symbolizes and energy source, which as does the sun, surrounds,
empowers, and enlightens. It is a power derived from understanding ourselves,
the universe, and the relationship between the two within the yellow
circle. The symbol of infinity means that our universe is perceived to
be infinite and unlimited. The color blue within the emblem is indicative
of the endless sky in our infinite universe. It is also symbolic of our
ongoing quest for knowledge. Knowledge is our passage to the final frontier,
the human mind. Conclusion T.O.A.S. presents a valuable guide on our
journey of life. Through intense physical and mental training we are
taught to increase our awareness of who we are. It is when we know who
we are that we are empowered to change what we are. Nabard is presented
as an experience which begins on the physical level yet gradually deepens
to a pervasive philosophy influencing the totality of ones life. As the
eagle’s keen eyes see for great distances, T.O.A.S.enables us to see
that all things are possible.
-Grandmaster Safakhoo Nabard