Karate Sparring/Practice Fighting (Kumite)
Karate Sparring/Practice Fighting (Kumite) – Japanese Terms
Goju-Ryu Karate knows a variety of different sparring situations. The most common and most often practiced are Ippon Kumite (1-step sparring) and Randori (free, soft sparring, allowing both students to practice techniques in a relaxed manner).
There are general Karate partner training guidelines that are important to follow to ensure the safety of all participants.
|One point (attack) sparring (defender blocks and counter attacks)
|One step sparring from free stance
|Hard and fast controlled free style fighting
|Basic one step sparring
|Slow and soft free style sparring with emphasis on technique
|Three movement sparring from Gekisai Kata
|Three step sparring (3 jodan, 3 chudan, 3 gedan) from Gekisai Kata
|Three step three level sparring (1 jodan, 1 chudan, 1 gedan)
|Sanbon zuki kumite
|Three step sparring (blocking with one hand against a three punch combination)
As Goju-Ryu Karate does not have a sports aspects and thus no competition or tournament fighting, there is usually no special protective gear worn during sparring exercises. However it can be beneficial to use protective gear when particular techniques are practiced that otherwise would be difficult or unsafe to perform in partner training.