Definition of martial arts in English:

martial arts

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noun

  • Various sports, which originated chiefly in Japan, Korea, and China as forms of self-defence or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo: [in singular]: tae kwon do is a martial art
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    • 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.

Derivatives

martial artist

noun
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  • Most martial artists are not in a position to criticize the techniques of others, for there are too many cases in which someone who appears somewhat weak turns out to be extraordinarily strong.
  • One of the questions most often asked of martial artists is, ‘How long does it take to get a black belt?’
  • Competition over the years has greatly enhanced the efficiency of techniques and boosted the level of martial artists.

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