Thanks Otto. But I have met too many who don' get that 'basic' you point out...and scoff at the 'animal' for writing this
It is a common misconception in Western culture that being a martial artist means you know how to fight. Not even close to true. In fact, there is an entire hub of this Web page dedicated to disproving that idea and clarifying what martial arts are and aren't good for. What leaves "misconception" and heads into blatant and dangerous lies is that having a black belt in a martial sport system (i.e. Tae Kwon Do) automatically qualifies you for teaching self-defense. Much less instills in you the knowledge of how real crime and violence occurs.
Rory Miller has also been pointing this out in his books.
It is the study of real street violence that does not usually go 'hand in hand' with dojo practice, so some students get sidetracked down 'primrose path'_