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I know I can use martial artists to describle people doing them. Is it possible to be more accurate while describing these athletes? So far I've found karateka /kəˈrɑːtɪkɑː/ but trying to look up the other major martial artists practicing kung fu, wushu, taekwondo was in vain.

Can I use compound nouns X martial artist as in kung fu martial artist to describe these athletes?

Then it came to me what a person doing aerobics is called. Any suggestion?

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I usually see: "practitioner(s) of Tae Kwon Do" (or other martial art) ... or maybe ... "Tae Kwon Do artist". If you want to be very informal, you could say "Tae Kwon Do-ist", but that is non-standard. Karateka is a Japanese word. Most English speakers don't know what it means, but if your audience is familiar with the martial arts they probably will know. Keep in mind that you can use the -ka ending with other Japanese martial arts as well, as in Judoka.

  • I assume you think of applying the same logic to kung fu and wushu e.i. for informal references kung fuist or wushuist would work. What about aerobics? I'd appreciate if you include that one too. – Yuri Feb 25 '17 at 20:10
  • Kung fuist sounds very odd to this US English speaker. A web search turns up almost no use of it. Practitioner of sounds better, as Stew C said, or maybe student of. – stangdon Feb 25 '17 at 21:02
  • I object to the statement "most English speakers don't know what [karateka] means.". Karateka was a hit video game in the US in the mid 1980's. Karate was the catch-all term used in the United States to describe all martial arts beginning in the 60's and 70's. The Karate Kid movies are classics. There are too many examples. – HighTechGeek Feb 25 '17 at 23:34
  • @Yuri As stangdon comments, it sounds a bit weird to me too. It sounds like a made-up word, which it is. That's why I called it very informal. You might want to stick to "wushu artist" instead. Oh, also possible is "wushu player" if the person does competitions, which has more flair. – Stew C Feb 28 '17 at 20:38
  • @Stew C The best way I think will be practitioner of that you already suggested. I get a fair number of hits at least I know some people somewhere say that :) I upvoted you for the answer. Thank you its been really helpful. – Yuri Feb 28 '17 at 21:02

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