There are differences between the three approaches to fighting. They are interrelated in certain ways and they have things in common, but their application and emphasis on technique creates differences between the three.
Someone who doesn’t know anything about martial arts probably cannot differentiate between a combative sport, an art, and a self-defense system. Even people who have been practicing for a while still wouldn’t know the difference unless they were able to step back and take a look at what they’re doing.
It is important to know what aspect of the specific martial art you are using to choreograph for your fight.
As mentioned earlier, ...