I'm wishing for more alive training.
I'm practicing shotokan karate and am feeling out this new dojo I'm in. They're a competition focused school so I figured I'd get some top notch training... and I think I am. The workouts are hard and the techniques are simple and powerful (I almost get knocked off my feet when some students kick the heavy bag I'm holding).
My issue is that when it comes to kumite, the rules are point sparring. Score a hit in a designated area and the match is stopped and reset. I'd like to train for more realistic fighting but don't want to give up karate.
I looked up other schools in my area (Long Island NY, suffolk county) and found one place that seemed to promising due to lineage (http://www.takahashikarate.com/) but when I sent them an email asking if they spar they responded that it's rare (usually twice a month), no contact to the head and only light contact sparring despite gloves and students don't compete much.
Does anyone have any advice on training in a more alive manner when the school you attend doesn't do much sparring or only point sparring? Or if anyone knows a karate school in my area that has what I'm looking for, that'd be great.