BeerMuscles - How do you like Shotokan so far, especially compared to the other MA's you have taken?
That's a great question.
First of all the training philosophy is completely different from Kickboxing and BJJ. Perfection of technique is supposed to automatically grant power and it's not a given that you will someday use the techniques in competition or for self defense.
Competence and skill are secondary to promotion especially here in Japan.
Comparing it to other Martial arts isn't fair to any of the systems but I can tell you what I can see myself taking from Shotokan to put in my tool box.
The range is totally different from MT and the movement is primary straight in and out. I always found myself countering or feeling like I was chasing somebody in MT and I think being able to attack from a much longer range will really help my stand up game.
Learning to kick using the ball of the foot is great! It's like hitting something withh a hammer as opposed to the baseball bat effect of the MT round kick.
The physical conditioning is great. I forgot how deep stances condition your legs and core!
Sweeps. The techniques I want to perfect more than anything are the standing kicks and trips of Shotokan. My view on fighting personally is more "keep it standing" these days and I think that if I can disrupt an opponents balance plant them in front of me and punch and kick down on them it's all good in the hood. Lol
Hope this answers your question somewhat.
Oh, and I do think that a guy with 6 months BJJ training would eat a Karate Blackbelts lunch if they had no Ne-Waza experience.