I've trained to use my deflections. If you tried to do this without the proper follow up you'd be as stuffed as a karate man pretending to box.

As far as I'm concerned this isn't theory: I apply it in sparring. It is a very different tactic - but not one that many use (even by traditional karateka - for reasons I have set out in my article). It is my "style" and I've offered reasons for why I prefer it. I appreciate that Matt, John and others have a different approach - with persuasive reasoning to back that up.

As has been mentioned elsewhere by you and others, alot of Dojo's sparring is structured in such a manner that they never use these techniques, Marc Macyoung has an article here that touches on some of the same stuff...i.e. patching boxing defense onto Karate sparring.