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  1. mar·tial arts
    IPA[ˈˌmärSHəl ˈärts]
  2. plural

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

      taekwondo is a martial art
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: martial art, plural noun: martial arts

    • plural

      various sports, which originated chiefly in Japan, Korea, and China as forms of self-defence or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo:
    • plural

      an extreme combat sport in which contestants are permitted to use the fighting techniques of wrestling and boxing but also those of martial arts such as kickboxing, judo, and karate.
    • plural

      an extreme combat sport in which contestants are permitted to use the fighting techniques of wrestling and boxing but also those of martial arts such as kickboxing, judo, and karate.
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