The Shotokan Karate dojo where I live probably only does kumite, meaning point sparring. And I'm not even sure they do that. But I've been doing kickboxing for a while, and we do full contact sparring with protective gear, we do pad work, bag work and conditioning. My opinion is that kickboxing (atleast where I live) is a better choice. Including the possibility of the karate dojos around being McDojos. Which one would you go for?