of kumite (sparring) takes place after the student has developed
sufficient skills in the basic techniques and kata.
kumite is pre-arranged (both people know what the other will do). As
skill increases this evolves into free-sparring where nothing is
pre-arranged and techniques may be used freely. Attacks must be stopped
just short of a vital point and no contact is allowed.
Jiyu Ippon Kumite
Training Tip As a general rule during basic pre-arranged sparring, try to block (and attack) wrist to wrist, and wrist to ankle.
The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participants - Gichin Funakoshi