I agree with you that Shotokan from what I had studied was pretty much a joke. I went through 5 belts in merely 2 years, the grading was poor and many of the people who passed sucked quite badly. Poor form and weak stances were passed. I do think Karate is a good style though, and have wanted to learn from a master from Okinawa. Their Karate style is recognised as being highly proficient.