Definition of martial arts in English:

martial arts

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plural noun

  • Various sports or skills, mainly of Japanese origin, that originated as forms of self-defense or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo.

    in singular ‘taekwondo is a martial art’
    • ‘Judo is a martial art and an Olympic sport, which originated in Japan.’
    • ‘He also runs regularly and has taken up two different martial arts - karate and wing chun, a form of tai chi.’
    • ‘After all, aikido is a martial art for self-defense, so we become very sensitive to attack.’
    • ‘Judo is the only martial art sport to be represented in the Olympics.’
    • ‘Although Judo is a martial art it is not based on strength so much as an understanding of one's limits.’
    • ‘I was narrow-minded in the beginning and used to regard judo as the only martial art.’
    • ‘Judo is a martial art combining the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent.’
    • ‘He spent nearly a year studying kendo, karate and other Japanese martial arts.’
    • ‘His study of judo is to approach it as a martial art, that can be practiced as a sport.’
    • ‘Judo was designed as a martial art to be used as a personal self-defense or a medium for competition.’
    • ‘Like most activities, the way to enjoy Judo or any other martial art is to learn to relax.’
    • ‘Still others would say it is a martial art, a self-defense system, or a form of combat.’
    • ‘We are working at the moment with a Japanese master who is showing us aspects of Budo and martial arts.’
    • ‘I forget that Aikido is a martial art that includes dealing with weapons and also using them.’
    • ‘Taekwondo is a modern martial art form characterised by its fast, high and spinning kicks.’
    • ‘Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that incorporates hand drums and looks more like a dance.’
    • ‘We may miss the chance to master a martial art because our time is limited and mastery comes from practice.’
    • ‘Choosing a school and a martial art is not an easy endeavor, and it is important to make the right choice.’
    • ‘Samantha has trained in karate and helps to teach other youngsters the martial art.’
    • ‘Kendo is a highly dynamic, highly aerobic sport or martial art that is based on the ancient art of Japanese fencing.’


martial arts

/ˌmärSHəl ˈärts/ /ˌmɑrʃəl ˈɑrts/