This is from conversations over the weekend at a residential. Partly serious, partly tongue-in-cheek.
What will the Karate of 2050 look like?
The masters of old didn't use equipment that we have today, such as focus mitts, because they didn't have it. I have visions of the Karate practitioner of 2050 sitting at home using virtual reality. The conversation may go to the effect of "I can't believe that back in 2020 they had to travel to a dojo. They actually used to hit, throw and choke each other!"
Admittedly, that's the tongue-in-cheek bit. But I can certainly see technology being more of a factor. More devices such as striking or grappling dummies of increasing sophistication.
Here in the UK I wonder if we will need to increase the prominence of material such as knife or firearm defence.
I hope we don't lose kata, even the less relevent ones.