There are three basic types of human combat: competition (a game), fighting (a serious and potentially deadly game), self-defense (not a game, it involves defending your life and possibly taking a life), and warfare (definitely not a game, it involves killing as many of the enemy as you can before they kill you). The primary concern of the martial arts is combat, but not every martial art is concerned with all four types of combat. To be compared fairly, only arts that are concerned with the same type of combat should be compared. For example, it is not fair to compare a competition martial art, such as sport taekwondo, to a self-defense martial art such as Krav-Maga.
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