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

Other Words from martial art

martial artist noun

Examples of martial art in a Sentence

He was trained in the martial arts.
Recent Examples on the Web In the audience tonight will be so many people that helped him, from his martial art trainers to jiu-jitsu trainers to hair and makeup to his stunt crew. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2022 When Hélio finally began training in the late 1920s, his approach to jiu-jitsu, a martial art first developed in 15th-century Japan and then modified into judo, had to be strategic. Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2021 Japan is the home of judo, and the 19th-century martial art is sure to get more attention at home than any other sport at next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 Now a young woman working a dead-end job at a São Paulo gift shop, Akemi (Masumi) has trained from the age of six in kendo, a modern martial art discipline with roots in centuries-old sword fighting styles. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 The San Diego-area couple take classes in Arnis, a Filipino martial art that uses weapons, including rattan sticks. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2021 In karate, one notable gold went to Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna, who hails from the martial art’s home of Okinawa. Melissa Locker, Time, 6 Aug. 2021 The city, the country, the martial art supplied him more than a lifetime’s worth of memories. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 Tonaki fell agonizingly short of claiming a gold medal in Japan’s beloved, homegrown martial art., 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of martial art

1904, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2022

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“Martial art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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