Shotokan Kumite (Sparring) Techniques & Drills

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Shotokan Kumite (Sparring) Techniques & Drills

This page will help you learn the kumite (sparring) techniques used in Shotokan Karate. Kumite teaches students how to effectively utilize the basic elements of Karate (i.e. kicks, punches and blocks) in self-defense situations. In Shotokan Karate, kumite ranges from basic introductory drills (where students memorize specific attacks and defenses) to free style sparring (where students conduct "live" sparring matches).

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Types of Shotokan Karate Kumite - Videos and/or instructions

Shotokan Kihon Kumite - Introductory one, three or five step sparring drills for junior level students with set attacks and defenses.

Shotokan Jiyu Ippon Kumite - More advanced one step free style sparring. Introduced to students generally when they have reached the level of brown belt.

Other Shotokan Kumite Drills

  • Shotokan Kaeshi Ippon Kumite - Kumite where the initial counter attack is blocked and countered
  • Shotokan Okuri Jiyu Ippon Kumite - Kumite where the attacker launches another attack after the initial attack and counter
  • Shotokan Jiyu Kumite - Free style sparring

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