The term martial arts refers to the art of warfare and a practitioner of martial arts is referred to as a martial artist. the Martial Arts are systems of practices and traditions of training for combat and defense with all have a very similar objective which is to defend oneself or others from physical threat. In addition, some martial arts are linked to religious beliefs while others follow a particular code of honor.
In the present day many Martial Arts are practiced competitively, some highlighting a single style, while others mix styles, these are dubbed Mixed Martial Arts or MMA. Still others may take the form of dance or a form of relaxation.
When the term Martial Arts is thought of, most people see it as a Asian style of fighting. However, most cultures, both Eastern and Western have a form of Martial Arts or Combat Fighting. While every style has unique facets or techniques that make it different from other martial arts, a common characteristic is the systematization of fighting techniques. Methods of training vary in length, difficulty, and styles. These may include sparring, also known as simulated combat or formal sets or routines of techniques known as forms or katas. Forms are especially common in the Asian and Asian-derived martial arts.