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Shotokan Karate or Kickboxing

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Aikidoka, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Aikidoka Chief Troublemaker Double Yellow Card

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    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?
     
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    What do you mean better choice?

    The kickboxing thing sounds like a better place to get fit and strog and learn the basics of striking, but not knowing what you want, no one can really give you advice.
     
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    What I liked about the TKD school I trained at briefly was "two-point kumite" I think it was called. It offered a more realistic approach than punching/kicking the air and play-tag "sparring". I don't know if your school does this.
     
  5. Aikidoka Chief Troublemaker Double Yellow Card

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    Nope, at the karate dojo all you do is kick air and probably do "tag sparring" as you mentioned :D
     
  6. Aikidoka Chief Troublemaker Double Yellow Card

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    I ment for self defense, self discipline and physical and mental health.
     
  7. panamaican Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    This is a troll thread, right?

    Why would you leave full contact sparring and bag work for possible point sparring? I'm feeding the troll, aren't I? :(
     
  8. Aikidoka Chief Troublemaker Double Yellow Card

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    It's not a troll thread, I was just asking.
     
  9. Tayski Stand-up Fighting

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    from your initial post it sounds like you've already made up your mind with kickboxing. But then if what you're looking for is this (above) then shotokan karate is closer to it imo.
    Now if you prefer full contact, or want to focus on the sport aspect, sounds like kickboxing would be better out of your 2 options.
     
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    To be honest self defense is most important, then the rest. I only took up kickboxing because it's simple and effective, and you get results very fast, while I heard karate needs more dedication to perfect. What I'm asking is, will Shotokan karate help from that aspect?
     
  11. Azam Brown Belt

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    It's entirely dependent on the quality of the training you'd get in both places. It has a lot less to do with the martial arts style itself and more to do with how good the instruction is and how knowledgeable the instructor is.

    Some kickboxing gyms can be much better than karate dojos and vice versa.


    Why not take a lesson from each instead of doing one or the other? That way you'll get the best of both.
     
  12. Tayski Stand-up Fighting

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    don't bother with either then, go to RBSD classes. If you don't have access to that, then follow Azam's advice.
     
  13. Jukai Silver Belt

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    Too poor to do both, TS?
     
  14. Aikidoka Chief Troublemaker Double Yellow Card

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    Actually the training sessions overlap, so I can either do one or the other. I'm sticking to kickboxing anyway.
     

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