There is an ancient Egyptian martial art that dates back thousands of years, and no - it is not boxing though that was also a popular martial art in ancient Egyptian society for those who wanted to practice a fun sport & have a way to defend themselves with their bare hands. Now, however, there is another martial art in ancient Egyptian culture that is still being practiced today that is known as Tahtib.
Tahtib traces its origins to ancient Egypt, where it was a vital part of the country's cultural and martial heritage, being around during Egypt's Old Kingdom which existed between 2649 and 2130 BCE. Depictions of stick fighting can be found on temple walls and hieroglyphs, indicating its long-standing presence in Egyptian society. One of the depictions of this martial art as a hieroglyphic can be found in the image for this story which depicts two ancient Egyptian men stick fighting. Initially developed as a form of combat training for warriors, Tahtib evolved into a ceremonial and recreational activity over time. It has survived through generations, carrying the legacy of ancient Egyptian civilization to the present day.
The practice of Tahtib offers numerous benefits, both physical and mental. Physically, it enhances strength, flexibility, coordination, and reflexes. Moreover, practitioners develop discipline, focus, and self-control through rigorous training. Tahtib fosters respect, sportsmanship, and camaraderie among participants, cultivating a sense of unity and cultural identity. People still practice this particular martial art to this day for self-defense and to preserve their culture.