From genocide to no-contact, ancient martial art regenerated in Egypt


Sohag, EGYPT (Reuters) – Turn a time behind only over half a century and a competition between dual group in a ancient Egyptian martial art of tahteeb could see a crook injured, or even killed.

Today however, distinguished is no longer available in this form of stick-fighting, references to that were detected created inside ancient Egyptian tombs.

In a city of Sohag that lies on a banks of Nile in executive Egypt, one martial humanities propagandize is operative to keep a ancient competition alive.

“Long ago, this diversion was violent, and about 60 or 70 years ago, it was identical to fighting games, since that was a epoch famous as one of manhood,” pronounced Sabry Mohamed, who founded a International Centre for Tahteeb in 2012.

Tahteeb requires a good understanding of ability and control, and there are manners that oversee how to reason a hang and a kinds of blows permitted, some of that were directed to be lethal before a martial art became a no-contact discipline.

Sabry has set his sights on organizing general championships for a martial art.

“We can make use of tahteeb by combining an general physique that can classify general championships and we’ll advantage from this a good deal, monetarily, and also by swelling the enlightenment and birthright to other people.”

Reporting by Abd Mohamed El-Ghany; Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky


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