Which style of karate would you consider most “complete”

TSDTexan

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which style of karate would you consider most complete in regards to all around self defense and realistic application?

Machida Karate. Brewed in Brazil from Japanese Shotokan, and Brazilian JJ.. tested in the Professional fighting arenas and is very well rounded.
 

Rusty B

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I think that, in reality, you're always going to get diplomatic answers to this question - which is why you have to do your own research. Most martial arts that have both striking and grappling are going to be found outside of karate, but there are karate dojos that incorporate some rudimentary training in grappling arts.
 

vince1

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I have to agree with Rusty B. I have studied a variety of martial arts over the years (30 plus years) and find all arts to be beneficial. Find one that suits your current needs but you may find another one in the years to come that may interest you as well. I am by nature a curious person and sometimes like to participate in another martial art. Be open minded and do not limit yourself.
 

Christopher Adamchek

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Hi everyone

Its been a bit since i checked in on this thread and there are ALOT of comments now, so forgive me if this has been addressed already. I know its been addressed differences in schools and organizations throughout a style BUT have we addressed whether we should be considering major vs minor substyles of karate? as many minor substyles hybridize with other arts ?

Karate was originally meant to be an original MMA and as branches in styles were created the focused on thing s, and new minor substyles combine with other arts to "fill" the "gaps" they felt their karate had
 
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