Martial Art is a two player game (or up to four with two copies) in which players are battling for victory over lands. Players begin with a hand of four random Battle Cards drawn from a shuffled deck of Battle cards, plus one Supplies Battle card. An additional shuffled deck of Land cards is set near the players with one card revealed. This is the card player will battle for in the first round. Players will battle over a series of rounds until one player has won enough lands to reach 12 points or 3 bridges.
Players start each round by choosing a card from their hand to use in battle. Once all players have chosen, players simultaneously reveal their Battle cards. Some Battle and Land cards will have effects that might occur at certain points during battle such as upon card reveal, or after the battle has finished. Other cards might be what are called Support cards: they can be played out of order and provide aid. Once effects are resolved appropriately, players will compare their card's strength. The strength is the number on their card plus any effects that may change the strength. The strongest player wins the land card.
After the round ends, players will draw a new card from the battle deck for their hand, will reveal a new land card to battle over, and will begin a new battle.