Sebekkha: "ancient Egyptian" martial art
The July 1988 issue of Black Belt magazine featured an article on a martial art called Sebekkha, which was translated as meaning "Crocodile Spirit". The article claimed that a man named Gamal Selim, who was also the proprietor of a gym called the Egyptian Temple of Fitness, was among the few remaining practitioners of this style, which was said to have been passed down via a lineage of Egyptian priests over a period of 3000 years.
In 1993 Gamal Selim produced a book entitled "The Pharaohs Warrior: A reference guide to the ancient Egyptian culture", which appears to be out of print.
In 2007, a man named Ramses Seleem - who is, going by the pictures on his website, the man formerly known as Gamal Selim - is operating a school called the Sia Academy For Ancient Egyptian Studies, which is apparently based in a church hall in Herne Hill, London. This school offers classes for both children and adults in Sebek-kha, which is described as:
The Sia Academy website also claims that Sebek-kha "was founded by Heru-Ur (Heracles) in the year 45,000 B.C."
... the oldest martial art in the history of mankind and develops balance in all aspects of combat: speed, power, agility, strength, defences and attacks. Since the preparation of the warrior was considered as important as the fighting techniques themselves, this class provides the ideal means to attain fitness, flexibility and self-defence skills.
The Sia Academy website also offers an instructional Sebek-kha VHS tape and DVD - http://www.siaacademy.com/html/bookstapes.html
Master Ramses Seleem is described as:
... a distinguished teacher of Egyptology, a lecturer and writer, who has appeared on many television and radio programmes internationally to discuss the ancient Egyptian way of life. Dr. Seleem studied this tradition for over 25 years. This study, which involved eight hours’ physical training and four hours’ theory a day, had to be fitted in around a normal school education. The present population of Egypt comprises 90% Moslems, 8% Coptic Christians and 1% foreign settlers and only 1% remains Egyptian. One-half of this 1% are the ones who keep this tradition alive to this day, although the number of these custodians of the ancient Egyptian body of knowledge is decreasing annually.
Dr. Seleem achieved examination grades with high honours during his school and university education. In addition to being proficient in the Egyptian physical culture, Dr. Seleem has also studied the leading Asian forms of martial arts, obtaining a third degree black belt in Shoto Kan Karate, a first degree black belt in Judo and a fourth degree Sifu in Kung Fu. He was the head instructor of the Egyptian Karate and Kung Fu Federation and Egyptian martial arts champion for five consecutive years. He achieved an exemplary record during his military service, then travelled to the USA and other countries, including Australia, South Africa and Holland, before moving to London, where he founded the Sia Academy, through which he teaches and lectures.
Note also the following claims from http://www.martialartsclubs.com/clubsinfo/580.php :
My casual assessment is that Sebek-kha is likely to be a modern combination of calisthenics, stretching exercises and self defense/martial arts skills, with a New Age/"Ancient Egyptian" motif. There's nothing inherently wrong with that but I find some of the claims about Sebek-kha, especially the 45,000 B.C. lineage, to be preposterous, and I would be interested to know if Mr. Seleem's martial arts and military credentials are verifiable.
The only centre to offer Sebek Kha - the spirit of the crocodile - the ancient Egyptian form of martial arts. It emphasises balance in the use of legs, arms, speed, power, agility, defences, attacks, thrown and holds. Master Ramses Seleem is the instructor. Five-times Egyptian martial arts champion; instructor of the American World Judo Team and black belts in the traditional formats.