Egypt is known for having a unique heritage of martial arts that people still practice regularly without it being invaded by modernism or abandoned by younger generations; “tahtib” is one of them. Thousands of men in Egypt’s rural areas, especially Upper Egypt, still gather on a weekly basis to show off their abilities in winning friendly fights with sticks.
One of the oldest recorded martial arts, Tahtib (Egyptian Arabic: تحطيب ) is an African Martial Art originating along the Nile River cultures of Egypt and Nubia. This stick-fighting martial art was originally named fan a’nazaha wa-tahtib (“the art of being straight and honest through the use of stick”). The original martial version of tahtib later evolved into a various folk dances with wooden sticks; Ra’s el assaya (Egyptian Dance of the Stick) and the African-American Stick Dance respectively. Although it mostly exists as mock combat accompanied by music, there are still combative branches of the martial art surviving today.