Term denoting the arts of war, taken from mars, the god of war. It now means a fighting discipine to promote combat proficiency.
any of several Oriental arts of self-defense; usually practiced as a sport.
Simulation specifically geared towards traditional martial arts situations or combat. Examples: Budokan, Sword of the Samuri, etc.
While the West often thinks of the martial arts as a sport or form of self-defense, these techniques originally developed in the East to increase mental acuity, health, and spiritual development through intense physical training. The many forms range from more externally oriented types such as karate and tae kwan do, which emphasize muscle and endurance, to the internally oriented tai chi and aikido, which seek to restore harmony and balance to the body.
A skill developed for use in self defense. Martial arts for self-defense is not wrong, yet many believers in Eastern religions use it as a way of teaching their religious beliefs. (Like Ninja Turtles, who use martial arts to teach everything from crystal power to mental telepathy; or the Power Rangers, who teach contacting animal spirits for power.)
Ancient form of self defense used for spiritual and physical protection. Martial Arts have origins in Africa and Asia.
Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. Today, martial arts are studied for various reasons including combat skills, fitness, self-defense, sport, self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence. A practitioner of martial arts is referred to as a martial artist.