Kumite (組手) literally translated means "grappling hands" and is one of the main sections of karate training, along with Kihon & Kata. Kumite is the part of karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques that you have learned.


Kumite can be used to develop a particular technique or a skill (e.g. effectively judging and adjusting one's distance from one's opponent) or it can be done in competition

Kumite (sparring) is performed in the controlled environment of the Karate Dojo or at an organised competition event.

It forms a very important aspect of Karate training, as it allows the student to put in to practice the techniques they have learnt through training. As a result of its importance Kumite forms part of the grading syllabus, where students are assessed on their attacking and defensive prowess.

Kumite is only permissible for students that are wearing the correct protective equipment and exercise the appropriate levels of control in their techniques. SEFKA employs semi contact kumite, which means a degree, but not excessive contact can be used during a match.

In organised competitions Kumite is divided in to sections based on age, sex and grading levels. The bouts are controlled by highly trained Martial Arts judges and scored on a points system, based on the techniques used and application of them.

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