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The most commonly practiced types would be: Ippon kumite, Nihon kumite, Kata or Bunkai kumite, Jiyu Ippon kumite and the Jiyu kumite. Hours of dedicated practice and the right attitude are required to develop accurate kumite techniques.



During the progression, practitioner will experience the application of offensive and defensive techniques. When starting out with new techniques, practitioners are advised to start slow until they are comfortable, before gradually building speed and confidence to execute the techniques properly. 


There are various types of kumite training in our school, namely


  • Ippon kumite [one step sparring]

  • Nihon kumite [two steps sparring]

  • Sanbon kumite [three steps sparring]

  • Kata or Bunkai kumite [kata application]

  • Jiyu ippon kumite [one step, free sparring]

  • Jiyu kumite, [free sparring], etc.


A higher level of Jiyu kumite or free sparring, is when a practitioner begins training in the kumite strategies, such as:

  • Go no Sen [responding at good speed at the opponent, after his attack and before he recovers]  

  • Sen no Sen [counter attacking the opponent with a techniques faster than his]

  • Sen no Sen [attacking the opponent with timing faster than his, leaving him no chance to respond]

It is important to note that without the basic kihon kumite, it is almost impossible for one to improve and progress into combination techniques.

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