Does chivalry belong in martial arts?
Several times in the SCA Combat thread someone has said "Chivalry is BS." It has been pointed out that martial arts is about killing each other and that anyone who has conquered and overcome has been pretty much an asshole in order to do so.
On the other hand, popular culture and the history of literature is filled with martial artists and warriors who used their skill to defend the weak, protect what was important to them, and serve the cause of justice and right. It has also been held up as a heroic ideal to give your opponent every fair opportunity to defeat you so as to honestly test one's skill.
So, should a practitioner of martial arts adhere to any sort of code of chivalry or behavior or work to defend what is right, just, and good, or should we simply learn how to attack, kill, maim, and slay without any regard for other people so that we can take what we want and be happy that no one can take it from us?