When it comes to training in the martial arts as a sport, a lot of traditionalists having an "old school" attitude toward martial arts often have a negative view. What is the reason for this negative perspective? It's that a lot of them think that proficiency in self-defense is compromised by training for sports. Since the main function of the martial arts is self-defense, it should not come as a big surprise that there exists the belief that investing time in sportive training is self-defeating. Yet this is not entirely true, though. The reality is that the sportive aspect of training can enormously help your ability to protect yourself. There are several reasons for this.