Any of various systems of self-defense originating in E Asia, such as karate or kung fu, also engaged in as a sport.
Webster's New World
Military skills, proficiency in military strategy, prowess in warfare.
1832 ...of all the modes by which the advantage of his country may be secured, the martial arts and valour are those by which a Swiss the most hopes to promote it. (Richard Chenevix, An Essay Upon National Character: 4. On patriotism, p. 481).
Other Word Forms of Martial Art
Origin of Martial Art
Collocation of martial + art, coined in 1933 as a loan translation of Japanese bujutsu. But already in Pope's Iliad (1715, 4.360), and in Sotheby's Iliad (1831, book 6).
Martial Art Sentence Examples
Tai chi is a martial art that brings together coordination, balance, and strength.
She is dedicated to her martial art and holds very high values in terms of respecting opponents.
You play fighters from all over the world in this Tekken like game with the Brazilian martial art.
He made the problem work for him rather than against him, not unlike the theory behind the martial art of Judo.
Tao Yin is an ancient form of qigong, known as a soft martial art or internal art.