With regards to training in the martial arts as a sport, numerous traditionalists with an "old school" attitude toward martial arts often have a negative view. Why the negative view? They think that sports training undermines ability to develop self-defense skills. Martial arts is mainly created for self defense. Keeping this in mind, there is a belief that it's self-defeating to invest time in sportive martial arts training. However, this is really only a partly true assessment. The sportive facet of training in the martial arts can actually help improve your self-defense skills. There are many reasons for this.