Hello folks. I am pretty much a Karate novice having only a brief stint at World Oyama Karate. So my kumite has been limited to that though I also trained at an MMA gym for a while.
I know that complete realism is impossible with so many variables in the world outside of the dojo with guns, other weapons, and multiple attackers, et all. However, what I am trying to ask is what do you think is the best format of kumite for application of techniques, in a realistic environment, and which do you prefer to compete in, which may be a different answer?
Is it Knockdown Kumite of Kyokushin and its numerous descendants such as World Oyama Karate, with a face-punching prohobition?
Is it the Knockdown Kumite with throwing of Ashihara Kaikan and its descendants such as Enshin Kaikan?
Is it the American Full-Contact style as exemplified by Bill Wallce, Benny Urquidez, and Joe Lewis, and their low-kick proohibition?
Is it the Gloved Karate of Shin Karate and Seido Kaikan?
Is it Bogu Kumite, with head padding?
Is it the Mixed Martial Arts kumite of Daido Juku, and its offshoot Zen Do Kai?
Is it the Irikumi Go of some Goju Ryu organizations?
These are just examples I put here in case you folks are wondering what I am posting about. There are probably full-conact formats that I do not know about since most information I have is from Full-Contact Karate Magazine from Japan, and Wikipedia. Also, I do understand that some folks are just not big on full-contact sparring, and subsequently competing (and I know this is not a sport forum but a forum on Karate as a Martial Art). Thank you in advance for even reading this far.