Originally Posted by jack404
no thats skill at arms ,
martial arts = un armed combat
skil at arms , armed combat
thatsb ok the language has been round a few thousand years but we've all be wrong till now eh ?
hahahahaha love it
That's the new traditional definition but if you dig a little you will find it is Latin for Arts of Mars. That included everything form javelin throwing to sword fighting to boxing.. If the art was used in combat it was a martial art. Old Mars just liked to fight by whatever method so if you worshiped Mars and practiced hurting other people by some method and got good at it you were by definition a martial artist.
Sorry bout that but us old Etymologists just have to dip our oar in the water once in awhile just to stay in practice. Maybe it's why I spent a lot of time alone at parties, or my long green Mexican cigars.
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