In kumite two men face off demonstrating defensive and offensive techniques ensuring that while the techniques are being performed that balance is not lost.Basically kumite can be considered the application of fundamentals learned in kata. In the dojo, the Sensei would always advise that training for improvement in kata is absolutely necessary for the improvement in kumite. The senior masters of the JKA always stress that Kata and kumite are like the two wheels of cart. In the early days, jiyu Kumite was unknown and it was only with the introduction in the universities of Japan that modern karatekas took to Jiyu Kumite as a means to test their skills against one another. Funakoshi Dai Sensei was however against this practice stressing mainly on the training of kata and it was only after his demise that the first Kumite Tournament was held.
While learning karate in the Dojo, the student
goes through three phases of kumite training
2) Jiyu Kumite: In jiyu Kumite
the opponents are free to apply any techniques attacking freely with offensive
kicks, strikes and punches as in an actual combat situation. The attacks must
have maximum power but must stop short of coming in contact with the opponent's
KUMITE MATCH (Free Style sparrings):
Free-style sparring consists of a match between two contestants. Both
contestants must both attack and defend while attempting to get in a "killing"
blow by means of an appropriately placed punch strike or kick. This
"killing" blow must be stopped just short of the target. The distance
the attack is stopped should be close enough so that if not stopped but
let to follow through, it would actually strike the target (face, neck
or mid - section). It must be remembered by the contestants that
to actually strike the opponent with such a blow is dangerous as it could
be fatal and therefore STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
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