There is a place for a 'sport' oriented karate, and there are some excellent athletes, as well as top class fighters in the 'sport'. However we must not lose sight of the fact, that Shotokan karate is first and foremost a 'martial art' and not a sport.
These few clips from our archive highlight a clear and obvious difference between simple quick point scoring, and powerful, potentially damaging attacks and counters. We are not criticising the 'sport' and if you want some trophies and a black belt certificate, as well as a high degree of fitness, then sport is for you; but try and steer clear of street combat. As Peter Consterdine (British Combat Association) remarked, 'that fast snap punch isn't going to stop the 18 stone mugger'. You just need to be aware that there is a big difference between budo and sport.
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