Often martial arts. any of the traditional forms of Asian self-defense or combat that utilize physical skill and coordination without weapons, as karate, aikido, judo, or kung fu, often practiced as sport.
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British Dictionary definitions for martial arts
any of various philosophies of self-defence and techniques of single combat, such as judo or karate, originating in the Far East
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Word Origin and History for martial arts
1909, translating Japanese bujutsu; see martial.
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