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martial art


  1. any of various systems of self-defense originating in E Asia, such as karate or kung fu, also engaged in as a sport (usually used in pl.)

Translations for 'martial art'

  • American English: martial art A martial art is one of the methods of fighting, often without weapons, for example kung fu, karate, or judo. martial arts
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arte marcial
  • Chinese: 武术武术術
  • European Spanish: arte marcial
  • French: art martial
  • German: Kampfkunst
  • Italian: arte marziale
  • Japanese: 格闘技
  • Korean: 무술
  • Portuguese: arte marcial
  • Spanish: arte marcial

Example Sentences Including 'martial art'

`I used to imagine that a lot, when I was learning a martial art or practicing with weapons.
Jefferson Parker SILENT JOE (2002)
"I told George that karate is an ancient martial art of Japan, not China," Rove said.
Onion (2003)
Friends said Umali studied the Filipino martial art of Kali, a violent style of fighting that uses weapons like knives or blunt objects.
New York Post (2003)
Growing up in South Korea, Shin began learning the martial art as a 7- year-old boy and started teaching the discipline in high school.
San Francisco Chronicle (2004)
As with any martial art , the real secret of power in Sexual Kung Fu is not ego or hardness but egolessness and softness.
Mantak Chia, Maneewan Chia, Douglas Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D THE MULTI-ORGASMIC COUPLE (2001)


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