Martial artists say "some training is better than no training" but its silliness. Martial arts made me worse not better in a way. Before i got in it, my mindset was survive by any means and destroy or kill your opponent. I swung wild punches, bite, headbutt, eye gouged, try to break bones, etc. in sparring. If i couldn't win in hand to hand combat, i'd use weapons or ask friends for help. We used whatever weapons were available - knives, guns, chairs, spears, rags, pots, pans, sticks, swords, etc. We tried ganging up on one guy as a team. You had to really adapt and be realistic in your approach to combat. When i got in martial arts, none of that was allowed. I was annoyed especially when the masters said you had to do the techniques right in sparring. Worse, traditional martial artists just talked about theories and scripted their techniques. It wasn't practical. Combat sports was slightly better, but still not good for self defense. I hated how referees controlled everything lol. If i was beating the crap out of someone, the referee would step in and hold me back. You really think a ref is going to take care of you when a guy's pounding you with his fists in an attack? I realized i was better untrained than trained. I'd rather throw horrible punches aggressively than hesitate trying to throw a perfect one lol.