Here's a detailed explanation of why having a Karate mindset will get you killed in self defense. Wrong mindset - The problem with Karate is it’s not effective for self defense. Karate prepares people for fights and spirituality. It does not prepare them to defend themselves in real life situations. What’s the difference between fights and attacks? A fight is agreed upon. An attack is not. An attack is also an attempt to seriously hurt or end your life. The idea you're going to have time to get in a fancy stance and perform all of your techniques against one or multiple opponents is fantasy. No situational awareness - Karate does not teach you how to develop your situational awareness. This is very poor self defense training. I've read a case of a Karate girl who got punched from behind and tackled. The guy held her arms down so she couldn’t strike. She kneed him in the groin and headbutted him luckily. The next Karateka might not be so lucky. There's footage of a Karate instructor who got gunned down quickly on TV. He didn't even see it coming. Unrealistic and poor techniques - The problem with Karate techniques is they are too flashy to work in real life. They also lack power and are too static. This is based on improper body mechanics. Power is very important in combat. You can execute Karate techniques correctly, but it does you no good if they don't end the threat effectively. There's cases of Karatekas who kept punching and kicking their attackers, but it had little to no effect on them. That's because adrenaline and drugs can numb people to pain. Poor defense against weapons - One of the biggest problems with Karate is the poor defense against weapons. A bunch of Karatekas were hospitalized or killed by armed attackers. For example, the victim of the famous Amanda Knox case was a Karateka. She was attacked by her friend and another guy wielding a knife. She fought hard, but got stabbed and died with a slit throat. A bunch of other instructors were shot and killed. One Karate girl got in an argument with an aggressive man. He swung first so they exchanged blows. Eventually, he grabbed a stone and bashed her in the head with it. She collapsed with a concussion as blood covered her face and couldn't get up. He was going to finish her, but fled the scene because the incident attracted witnesses. Other practitioners got raped. For those reasons and more, Karate will get you hospitalized or killed on the streets.