From the early days of seemingly slow-low power techniques, to the explosive speed and power of the 70's & 80's, what legacy are we now left with? Change is inevitable, that is self evident, but is the Shotokan of today simply a fast sport type martial art. We take a close look at Shotokan's early days; its golden years and the sport oriented direction it now seems to have taken. Which are more important: diplomas and trophies, or the ability to execute fast, powerful and devastating techniques, when required? How would the Shotokan kumite champion of today fare against the cage fighter? Although there are still some very strong traditional Shotokan fighters, their numbers continue to decline.