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martial art

noun

Simple Definition of martial art

  • : any one of several forms of fighting and self-defense (such as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sports

Full Definition of martial art

  1. :  any of several arts of combat and self defense (as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sport

martial artist noun

Examples of martial art

  1. He was trained in the martial arts.



1928

First Known Use of martial art

1928


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