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KUMITE

The practise of kumite (sparring) takes place after the student has developed sufficient skills in the basic techniques and kata.

Initially 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.

Ippon Kumite

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