Shootfighting is a martial art and combat sport, with competitions governed by the International Shootfighting Association (ISFA). ... This usage of the term is retired from common usage because it became a registered trademark of Bart Vale, who uses it to describe his hybrid fighting system derived from shoot wrestling.  The defining characteristic of a martial art is that it's a codified system or tradition of combat. Based on that criteria, fighting with a handgun certainly qualifies as a martial art.

Shoot fighting is a martial art and combat sport, with competitions governed by the International Shootfighting Association (ISFA). … This usage of the term is retired from common usage because it became a registered trademark of Bart Vale, who uses it to describe his hybrid fighting system derived from shoot wrestling.

The defining characteristic of a martial art is that it’s a codified system or tradition of combat. Based on that criteria, fighting with a handgun certainly qualifies as a martial art.

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