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Egyptians hope international recognition will stick for ancient martial art

Players of tahtib, an ancient Egyptian stick fighting martial art, are on a mission to revive the early art form now as an internationally recognized sport.

Players of an ancient Egyptian martial art are striving to revive it and turn it into a sport that aims to foster morals, respect and chivalry. Tahtib was once known as a martial art but has since changed into a stick game or dancing art. Its players now say that they want it to be an internationally recognized martial sport.

“We want to have our federation, a league, and we want the sport to be internationally recognized, as well,” Sabry Mahmoud el-Sohagi, a stick game coach, told Al-Monitor. Sohagi is a manager at the International Center for Teaching Tahtib, which is based in the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag.

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