On the surface I suppose it looks like we teach kids how to fight, and indeed I'm sure that's what some people think about the martial arts.
But we do not.
Martial Arts is not about fighting at all, it is a strategy game played with your body.
Fighting implies violence, and violence has no place in a martial arts class, especially one for children.
We teach them to control situations, to control their emotions when they are in stressful situations, to think rationally and problem solve when they are in a bad situation.
We teach them to be confident and act decisively and with intention and planning. We teach them to protect themselves AND their training partners.
But to say a martial arts school teaches fighting is like saying a debate team teaches screaming matches. Fighting has no place in a martial arts school, it is counter productive to all of our goals.
That said we do teach kids how to control a fight, how to protect themselves in that sort of situation. But we do not teach them "to fight".