ok, so first let me explain a few things. I wasn't sure what section to post this under, but since the main basis is on karate, I thought this would be the most appropriate. So a bit a bout my background real fast. I'm a boxer/thai boxer and MMA fighter for about 10 years now. I've switched over to Shotokan to think outside the box, and to just generally to have fun. As I been learning Shotokan, the uke/block techniques are the ones that fascinate me the most. One of the reasons for picking up Karate, was this very reason, because on the street and in MMA you won't have big gloves to defend with. So with that said, in my mind, Uke techniques sound more realistic, for MMA/street defense...but how come you never see it, in say MMA for example? Is it not very realistic? Is the learning curve to high? Or is this "boxing" style of defense just what fighters are trained and used to?