Ancient Egypt

Paintings on the walls of a tomb at Beni Hasan, dating to 1950 B.C. or even earlier, constitute the oldest known record of the martial arts. The frescoes depict wrestlers using holds that modern grapplers would recognize. These might have been for teaching - an early wrestling "manual" - or for artistic purposes.

Friezes on the walls of other Egyptian tombs show men and boys fighting with sticks before the pharaoh. It isn't clear whether this depicts a sport, training for war, or an exhibition for the pharaoh's entertainment. What is clear is that the Egyptians had their own martial arts, and that training and practice were a spectator sport for kings.

In a cinematic campaign, adventurers might plumb the depths of a musty Egyptian tomb searching not for funerary treasures but for the lost teachings of an ancient martial-arts master!

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