Should traditional martial disciplines not be classified as sciences instead of arts? Science after all, concerns itself with facts and details, distances, repeatable techniques, careful evaluation of situations and an appreciation of kinetics, impulse and motion. Most of us martial practitioners will have an excellent empirical understanding of a variety of sciences: biomechanics and physiology [joint manipulation / vital points / physical contact target areas], physics [speed and distance], mathematics and logic [critical evaluation of harmful situations] even psychology [self defense and competition] to name but a few. Surely an art on the other hand is defined by, and primarily concerned with emotions, feelings and other intangible notions? Are the mats or the street really the place to be practising an art?? Obviously few would consider themselves a martial scientist [too uncool] but is this not a more appropriate definition? Fair enough, it's a matter of semantics but exactly how valid is the "art" classification in The Martial Arts? And what makes your martial discipline an art and not a science?