Kumite

Kumite (or sparring) is the third pillar of a karate-ka’s foundation. It ranges from pre-arranged patterns to long free-style matches. Fortunately our very own Sensei is a kumite specialist, with lots of experience both in ISKF and WKF.

Types of Kumite:

Perhaps you are a kumite specialist, and are familiar with sparring matches. Take this 5 question test to see how much you know:

(Results will be posted as they come in)

Common Techniques

Hands:

Kizami-tsuki (punch from front hand)

Gyaku-tsuki (reverse punch)

Earl tsuki

Haito (ridge hand)

Uraken (back fist)

Teisho (palm heel)

Feet:

Mae-geri or Kizami mae-geri (front kick, with front or back leg)

Yokogeri kekomi (side thrust kick)

Mawashi geri (roundhouse kick)

Earl mawashi geri

Ashi barai (sweeping kick)

Combos:

Kizami-gyaku

Gyaku-gyaku

Kizami-gyaku-mawashi geri

Tai sabaki-uraken-gyaku tsuki

Ashi barai – mae geri/mawashi geri

To score points in a free sparring match (either waza ari or ippon), you need to land a technique on a recognized target area:

It’s also important to know the Japanese terminology the ISKF referees will use during the match:

TERM MEANING

Aka (or Shiro) no kachi

Red (or White) side wins

Hikiwake

Draw

Hajime

Begin

Yame

Stop

Tzuzukete Hajime

Begin again

Ippon

Perfect scoring point

Waza ari

Half point

Torimasen

No point

Chui

Warning

2 thoughts on “Kumite

  1. Hello from Lloydminster! We had a karate tournament here today, and I just wanted to thank Sensei for all his advice and training. Quick gyaku-tsuki’s to the body won most of my points today. Tai sabaki saved me often. They may seem like simple tips, but they are a formidable weapon, as I discovered today. I dedicate my Gold Kumite medal to you Sensei. Osu!

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