I find my interests (and therefore my study and training) moving away from traditonal karate and towards modern combatives. I'm less and less interested in what the old masters did and how they did it and more in what can and will work for me, at need. I don't feel like I'm abandoning what I've done and the knowledge and experiences that I've accumulated, more that my training is developing along different lines these days. I'm drawn between simply acknowledging that my karate is mine alone and just calling it combatives and having done.
Do I need to make a choice? Can the two co-exist? Are they even two discrete disciplines? Isn't modern combatives simply karate for today? Strip away all the cultural and historical aspects of karate, the sporting elements, and aren't we left with good, solid, self-protection methods?