This article is sadly an accurate reflection of most karate schools today. I would like to shortly address the 12 points made in the article. 1. This is a misunderstood concept by many martial artists, but by many karateka as well. The idea is not to kill in one blow (which is fairly ludicrous) but to incapacitate in a single blow. There is also nothing to say that the attack should not continue if the blow does not incapacitate the opponent. 2. Again, another misunderstood concept, but one that is advocated by many karateka. The meaning of this philosophy is to avoid unnecessary violence or instigating it, it does not contradict the philosophy of a pre-emptive strike after all other options are exhausted. Funakoshi himself said that he would attack his opponent if he was accosted. 3. This is true for deep, static stances. But most karate styles have narrower stances. The stances are to shift bodyweight, they are not meant to be static, as is taught in many karate schools. 4. This is a little out of context. Martial arts is a way of life for all of us. The point the author is addressing is that many karateka spout other reasons for practising their art, as an excuse for their poor fighting skills. This is fair enough. Not to say there is anything wrong with following it simply as a way of life, just not excusing something else. 5. This is a somewhat difficult topic that I will not discuss here. 6. This is a fair comment. Many karateka are predisposed to tameshiwari than developing real fighting skill. 7. Another fair assumption. Kata can be a valuable tool, but not in the superficial sense of most karate dojos. 8. This point is accurate, but could be made about countless other martial arts. 9. This is true, if the dojo advocates heavy tensing with all movements, and does not use striking equipment. 10. Another point that could be made about many other martial arts, even systems like boxing and wrestling. 11. Karate takes as long to learn as any other martial art. But its poor effectiveness comes from poor training methods. 12. This is one of the banes of Japanese martial arts. Such an atmosphere discourages the students to ask questions. Complacency means the art cannot evolve.