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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Examples of martial art in a Sentence

He was trained in the martial arts.
Recent Examples on the Web The Chinese martial art helps improve health through a focus on breathing technique and mental health. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Preventing falls is key to avoiding downward spiral for aging adults," 20 Oct. 2020 In recent years, her new skills have included vogueing, krumping, tap dancing and wushu, a Chinese martial art that involves sword fighting. Emily J. Lordi Photographs By Liz Johnson Artur, New York Times, "FKA Twigs," 19 Oct. 2020 According to the World Thai Boxing Association, Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art and combat sport. Georgia Slater,, "90 Day Fiancé's Pedro Gets Back in Shape in Sneak Peak ofThe Family Chantel Season 2," 24 Sep. 2020 Japanese Friendship Garden Learn how to perform some basic moves in Aikido, a modern Japanese martial art. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "Here's your guide to must-see First Friday events in downtown Phoenix," 3 Sep. 2020 Watkins, a 9-year-old who has Asperger syndrome, joined Club MMA in Green Township to learn martial arts. Segann March,, "Can mixed martial arts change a life? West Side MMA Club owners say yes," 18 Feb. 2020 Inside the museum were bonsai and ikebana displays, friends playing at a mahjong table, families admiring Asian fashion throughout the centuries and children mimicking martial arts demonstrations. Sara Cline,, "Annual Asian Festival held in San Antonio Saturday," 1 Feb. 2020 Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival The 30th annual Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival presents three days of dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations and folk and traditional dances. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Lunar New Year 2020 events around Phoenix: 8 ways to celebrate the Year of the Rat," 17 Jan. 2020 Before screenings, attendees can enjoy family-friendly games and activities, as well as martial arts demonstrations., "5 things to do in Boston this weekend," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of martial art

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of martial art was in 1904

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“Martial art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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