We are all well aware of the changes that were made to Karate once it came to Japan, changes which were on the whole detrimental to the art.
Whilst the spread of karate across Japan ultimately lead to it spreading all over the world, it was the children’s version of karate that was spread, rather than the adult version designed for dealing with civilian violence.
So on the one hand we have the Japanese to thank for popularising Karate, but they did so at a cost.
My question therefore is, would Karate had been better off it had never made its way to Japan? Ok, so it would not have spread, but it could easily be argued that it with the explosion of interest in Martial Arts that occurred in the 1970’s, karate would eventually have been discovered and spread anyway., and what would have spread would have been the practical civilian self defence version.