the noble art

the noble art (of self-defense)

The sport of boxing. Any two yahoos can get into a fistfight, but it takes real skill, dedication, and training to learn the noble art of self-defense. He spent most of his career training in the noble art before joining the world of mixed martial arts last year.
See also: art, noble

the noble art

boxing. chiefly archaic
A fuller version of this phrase is the noble art (or science ) of self-defence .
See also: art, noble
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This matter then, which put an end to the debate mentioned in the last chapter, was no other than a quarrel between Master Blifil and Tom Jones, the consequence of which had been a bloody nose to the former; for though Master Blifil, notwithstanding he was the younger, was in size above the other's match, yet Tom was much his superior at the noble art of boxing.
You may easily believe," said he, "how great was the difficulty to persuade my father that all necessary knowledge was not comprised in the noble art of bookkeeping; and, indeed, I believe I left him incredulous to the last, for his constant answer to my unwearied entreaties was the same as that of the Dutch schoolmaster in The Vicar of Wakefield:
I know no one but myself who is acquainted with the noble art of venery.
They opened my eyes to the rosier aspect of the noble art, as presently practised on the right side of the Atlantic.
I bought an approved scheme of the noble art and mystery of stenography (which cost me ten and sixpence); and plunged into a sea of perplexity that brought me, in a few weeks, to the confines of distraction.
Foil Arms and Hog are three young Irishmen by the names of Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna and Sean Flanagan, who met at University College Dublin while studying architecture, engineering and genetics, and decided to give all that up to pursue the noble art of being downright silly, yet observational and refreshingly philosophical.
Addressing on the occasion, Irfan Siddique said 'Institute of Calligraphy will be established during the current year with an objective to promote and preserve the noble art of calligraphy which is distinctive due to its strong linkage with the religion'.
BOXING novice Conor McGregor has received secret advice from insiders of the noble art.
Much more besides the noble art, He showed us from the start, With words he changed both minds and hearts.
The King Who Invented Ballet: Louis XIV and the Noble Art of Dance BBC Four, 8pm David Bintley, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, examines how Louis XIV influenced dance in the 17th and 18th century as he prepares to produce a new ballet about the French king.
Also, giving the noble art of sketching more attention will hopefully inspire more people to give it a go.
Mayweather is perhaps the greatest exponent of the noble art of hitting and not being hit ever seen - although I haven't watched enough Willie Pep to declare him a unanimous champ.
SPORTS artist Darren Baker has moved on to the noble art of cricket.
Global icon Beckham has admitted he is a huge fan of the noble art and has called Pacquiao 'inspirational', the report said.
He deeply believes in the noble art of teaching, in helping to mold young minds, in showing them the proper path to learning, and not in directing them to digest the latest fads that have nothing to do with reality.