Often seen as the vanilla ice-cream of the martial arts. People constantly argue that, for example, jiu jitsu or taekwondo are more specialist and therefore better arts.
However, given that karate teaches a wide variety of punches, blocks and kicks, it produces well-balanced competitors.
Chav at sports centre: "urrr..karate kid! Boxin's betterrr"
Me: "No, because boxers can't take your knees out"