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    Quote Originally Posted by Vieux Normand View Post
    ...unless we compel the latter to face the former under a K1-type ruleset, telling them that that will be the ruleset used in Olympic Karate.

    Not "overnight" maybe, but one tourney ought to do it.
    Olimpics want safe sport with no arm for the athlets, so if Karate will ever be in an Olimpic, i think it will be a tag game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by italian judoka View Post
    Olimpics want safe sport with no arm for the athlets, so if Karate will ever be in an Olimpic, i think it will be a tag game.
    Well then, if martialart4life is right about Americans, there's only one thing to add:

    USA! USA! USA!

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    Lets just put MMA in the Olympics. Then we would not need to watch TKD or point fighting. Problem solved.

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    its a crap sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spran View Post
    Lets just put MMA in the Olympics. Then we would not need to watch TKD or point fighting. Problem solved.
    Right now, there's no Olympic MMA...so you currently need to watch TKD or point fighting?

    Damn.

    Y'got some harsh laws in Minnesota, son.

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    Pretty much everything sucks in Minnesota.

    And Michigan.

    And Wisconsin.

    And Illinois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hathor View Post
    With all due respect, if this is what Olympic Karate would look like, why wouldn't I just watch Olympic Tae Kwon Do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keej613 View Post
    With all due respect, if this is what Olympic Karate would look like, why wouldn't I just watch Olympic Tae Kwon Do?
    Especially since Olympic Taekwondo at least still allows for full contact knock outs.

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    USANKF tournaments usually have point sparring and kata as separate events. If Karate did make the cut, why have point sparring? TKD sparring is basically the same, but with heavier contact and more pads. We don't need to watch the same event twice, if they made it in it would probably be with kata. Sure, it's not as much fun as watching two people spar, but at least we wouldn't be watching the same event twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martialart4life View Post
    I agree the practitioners in Eastern Europe and Japan take the sport very seriously. But a few countries who take it seriously is not enough to justify it as an Olympic sport. When Russians compete in karate, they are out to hurt eachother. When American's compete, they play tag. We can't change that overnight.
    Sure we can, because either the people who are out to play tag funnel into their own league so they can enjoy the sport their way, or they adapt to play Karate like the Russians (as per your example) do. So in the end, everyone is happy. (Except the people who lose. So I'll be unhappy.)

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