the noble art (of self-defense)

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