Martial Arts and Humanity
Let’s face it, martial arts have always been about violence and conflict to some degree. If you look back far enough at most styles, they often start as combat systems for soldiers. Take for example the training of the roman legions. Each soldier was shown how to wrestle, use a shield, sword and javelin. The whole point of training was to make him better at killing on the battlefield while not getting killed in turn.
This training was all about preparing warriors without any real combat experience, how to fight. As human beings, we have always been in conflict with one another, as a result combat systems reflect a large aspect of our nature as a species.
However, that is not all that martial arts are about, styles also developed into combat sports. These sports reflect something different about why we train them. Western boxing has been around since the times of ancient Greece. It was never invented to be used on a battlefield (tried punching bronze with your bare knuckles?), yet it was still included in the original Olympic games.
It was also popular entertainment for spectators while also being linked to the culture of the ancient Greeks. So, combat sports are not just designed to teach violence, but are also a method of exercise and, through competition can be a fun activity. We are social animals and so combat sports are a way for humans to accept martial arts as a part of their cultural identity.