A lot has been said about how Karate is great for self protection, however, karate-ka practice this at Karate sparring distance which, when it comes to it, is poor for self protection.
Yes, sparring distances do vary from style to style (Shotokan generally being quite a large distance, Kyokushin being much closer etc), which generally leads people to believe that Kyokushin is "better" for self protection.
Looking at this from a self protection point of view, does this mean that Kyokushin is indeed better for self protection than for instance Shotokan? In my opinion (having sparred in both styles), yes Kyokushin is good for defending oneself from close distance, however...those who train in Shotokan become comfortable at dealing with people from further away, therefore the moment someone comes in closer than the Shotokan practicioner is happy with, they are more prepared to deal with them aren't they? Doesn't sparring at a greater distance make you more prepared to deal with an "enemy" if they shorten that distance?
Has this post made any sense to anyone else? Sorry if it's more of a ramble, but I've just had a rather harsh 12 hour shift.