Ippon Kumite

Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple and Brown belts each have their own Ippon Kumite. All types are listed below.

–    A   –

What: One step sparring (2 Jodan, 2 Chudan, usually on your own timing)

For Tournaments: Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

For Grading: Orange Belts, Green Belts

Both sides stand Yoi (feet shoulder width apart)

Ready: Attacking side steps right leg back gedan-barai (down block). Defending side stands Yoi.

First side (attacking), announce “Jodan” (it means I’m attacking your face level). Step forward and punch their face. The second side (defending) steps back with their right leg blocking Age uke (rising block), then counters (usually just gyaku-tsuki)

Ready

Repeat.

Ready

First side (attacking), announce “Chudan” (it means I’m attacking your stomach level). Step forward and punch their stomach. The second side (defending) steps back with their right leg blocking Soto uke (outisde block), then counters (by now you should have done at least 1 of: Haito, Teisho, Empi, Earl-tsuki).

Ready

Repeat.

Yoi

Switch sides, and repeat.

–   B   –

What: One step sparring: Jodan, Chudan, Mae geri (plus Kekomi)

For Tournaments: Green Belts, Purple Belts

For Grading: Purple Belts

Both sides stand Yoi

Ready: Attacking side steps right leg back gedan-barai (down block). Defending side stands Yoi.

Attacking side announce their attack each time. The defending side responds “Osu” and steps back and blocks, countering immediately after each attack.

1. Jodan

2. Chudan

3. Mae geri

(4. Kekomi for purple belts, depending on the examiner)

Both sides stand Yoi

Switch sides and repeat.

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