War vs. Street
In most war combat situations you may identify your enemy by their uniform or nationality. You know who the enemy is; although, in urban war situations, this may not be true. However, in street combat situations it is often difficult to identify your enemy. Depending on the situation, it could be anyone; although gangs and many offenders do dress in what might be called a uniform.
Sparring vs. Fighting vs. Self-Defense
In sparring, both combatants are willing participants and each tries to impress the other with his or her skill, but neither intends to harm the other. In fighting, both combatants are willing participants and each tries to impress the other with his or her skill by causing harm to the other. In self-defense, one person is an unwilling participate who is not trying to impress anyone but is merely defending him or herself against an attack, only causing harm if necessary.
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