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martial arts

any of the traditional forms of Oriental self-defense or combat that utilize physical skill and coordination without weapons, as karate, aikido, judo, or kung fu, often practiced as sport.
Also, martial art.
Related forms
martial artist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for martial arts
  • Nonverbal show blends martial arts, gymnastics, and buffoonery.
  • Today's romantic novel is getting a makeover, one involving martial arts.
  • Maybe it was bored after having watched eight mixed martial arts fights.
  • She'd studied dance, of course, but she'd never studied martial arts.
  • Don't accuse the mixed martial arts world of taking the summer off.
  • General requirements for mixed martial arts matches, shows, or exhibitions.
  • Relating to: authorizing a town to prohibit mixed martial arts fighting contests.
Word Origin and History for martial arts

1909, translating Japanese bujutsu; see martial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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