In basic doumbek drumming there are three notes, or techniques. Their names are onomatopoeic - doum is the bass note, tek and ka are less forceful, more melodic rimshots. Listen to the following, thinking of the deep bass (right hand) notes as crushing full-force blows and the other notes as raking or slapping targets of opportunity with less forceful passing strikes.
Can you feel some of those rhythms could be similar to fighting rhythms? Watch the following (throughout, but especially starting at about 6:00) and listen (in your mind) for the doums, teks and kas...