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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Following the shows, RZA will stick around and talk more about music, martial arts, and the history of the Wu-Tang, during question-and-answer sessions with attendees. Steve Annear,, "RZA of Wu-Tang Clan to perform live score during martial arts film at Coolidge Corner Theatre," 8 Aug. 2019 Equinox is also currently investing in an experimental studio that allows them to test different types of classes, such as HIIT, martial arts, or yoga. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Equinox will start selling its own Peloton-like bikes and treadmills this winter," 7 Aug. 2019 Students learn the fundamentals of the Korean martial art, which features high, jumping and spinning kicks. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Taekwondo summer camp kicks its way into Costa Mesa," 24 July 2019 That’s incentive enough for Casey, who takes quickly to the rules and ranking system of the martial art (in which each belt signifies a different level of experience and strength). David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Art of Self-Defense," 19 July 2019 The Art of Self-Defense: In this comedy written and directed by Riley Stearns, Jesse Eisenberg plays a man who, following a random attack, decides to learn martial arts. Walter Addiego,, "Eisenberg takes up martial arts in comedy ‘The Art of Self-Defense’," 9 July 2019 Get initiated into this explosive martial art, which originated as a religious ritual more than a thousand years ago. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019 The workouts are varied, incorporating resistance training, cardio, plyometrics, abs work, martial arts, and yoga. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 Andrew Koji, star of Cinemax's martial arts western series Warrior, has joined the G.I. Joe spinoff centered on the popular commando, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'G.I. Joe' Spinoff 'Snake Eyes' Finds Its Storm Shadow in 'Warrior' Star," 23 Aug. 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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