MA should always teach self defense if it doesn't then it isn't a Martial Art...
What we mostly have these days is Martial SPORT.
And unless it's full contact it teaches pretty much nothing about self defense.
Even full contact doesn't teach you everything about self defense. At least half of self defense should deal with being attacked without warning, weapons & the possibility of multiple attackers.
Very much agree with this statement!
It s like you either have to train for competition OR train for self defence, different ethos different way of doing things different rules set etc.
I suppose this is why you never see Aikido and Hapkido in the Cage as they are not Competition focused