Tahtib – Egyptian Martial Arts Style (Stick Fighting)
Tahtib is an ancient Egyptian martial arts focused on stick fighting. It is thought to have been created around 2000-3000 BC. Drawings of this martial arts have been found on Egyptian tombs and pyramids. Tahtib is also known as Tahteeb.
Today, Tahtib students generally train with a 4 foot wooden stick. According to Tahtib.com, the martial arts weapon “used in the art of Tahtib is 1.3 m. long and almost 3 cm. in diameter. The stick is made of rattan wood which is a kind of fibrous and supple wood.”
This martial arts is also associated with tourist demonstrations in Egypt where it is more of a cultural stick-based dance. Unfortunately, this has lessened the public image of Tahtib as a serious martial arts.
Video Demonstration of Tahtib at a Martial Arts Festival
- Tahtib.com, History & Origins, http://www.tahtib.com/history_origin, Added – 06/18/14