Many "old school" martial art practitioners tend to frown upon the idea of martial arts training as a sport. Why the negative perspective? They think that sports training undermines ability to develop self-defense skills. Since the original function of the martial arts is self-defense, it should not come as a surprise that there exists the belief that investing time in sportive training is self-defeating. But this isn't altogether true, however. The sportive component of training in the martial arts can certainly help enhance your self-defense abilities. This is due to a number of reasons.