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.

Types of Kumite:

 

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 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

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