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Martial arts

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.

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