Martial Arts is defined as simply "Combat Skill."
However there are many different arts which don't focus on combat at all. I will go over the different types of arts.
-Traditional. Often has a systematic method of muscle-memory learning [Forms/Kata/whatever]
-Has emphasis on combat. Has been used in combat and/or war and was designed for that. Reasonably effective in street combat. Effective in mortal combat. Possibly Effective in sport combat
-Inspired by martial arts but used for competition or sports. Reasonably effective in street combat Not effective in mortal combat. Most effective in Sport Combat
-Techniques to kill or seriously injure are often ommited.
-Inspired by martial arts but used to cultivate mind and body. Possibly effective in street combat. Not effective in mortal combat. Not Effective in Sport Combat
What are your thoughts, comments, questions, or opinions?