martial art


Definition of martial art

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

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Other Words from martial art

martial artist noun

Examples of martial art in a Sentence

He was trained in the martial arts.

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Since the 1960s, museum owner Michael Matsuda has been interested in all forms of martial arts. Glendale News-Press, "On the Town: Latino association hosts mixer to collect school supplies," 5 Aug. 2019 In a panel interview many moons ago, a candidate attempted to describe his quantitative modeling approach with martial arts. Jennifer Folsom, NBC News, "Don't blow your next job interview with these 5 classic mistakes," 31 July 2019 Tianyi Zhang, translation by David Hull The story of how a man tries to save China by resorting to martial arts. Amanda Shendruk, Quartzy, "Here’s what every Chinese book recently translated for the US is about," 27 July 2019 Participants will be introduced to the basics of martial arts, as well as character development topics., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 12 June 2019 Should martial arts be banned or licensed like weapons? Chris Goto-jones, The Atlantic, "Practicing for Enlightenment With Video Games," 27 Mar. 2018 Ma has repeatedly shown his love and appreciation of Chinese martial arts, and said the spirit has inspired him in founding and shaping Alibaba. Laura He, CNN, "How Alibaba is preparing for life after Jack Ma," 11 Sep. 2019 Some of the traditional principles of martial arts is passed down. Emmett Hall,, "John Wai celebrates impressive performance at International Chinese Martial Arts Championship," 29 Aug. 2019 Sarafina Bush's deliberately tacky costumes are a hoot, and the frequent dance numbers, many of them incorporating martial arts moves (and nunchucks as well!), are a lot of fun. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Broadway Bounty Hunter': Theater Review," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of martial art

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of martial art was in 1920

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English Language Learners 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

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Kids Definition of martial art

: any of several forms of combat and self-defense (as karate or judo) that are widely practiced as sports

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