Sport Karate is Essential
Lot of karate-ka are critical of sport based karate saying there are no real application/bunkai. However there are many strengths in competition such as footwork, timing, speed, effective combinations all with a live real opponents. We should embrace all forms of karate and when we do practice bunkai it really needs to be pressure tested with resistant opponents. Sparring is an essential part of karate this is where alot of bunkai can truly be tested.