Kumite (組手) means sparring, and is one of the three main sections of karate training, along with kata and kihon. Kumite is the part of karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the kihon and kata. 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.


                    Types of Kumite


Ippon kumite - one step sparring, typically used for self defense drills.

Sanbon kumite - three step sparring, typically used to develop speed, strength, and technique.

Kiso kumite - structured sparring drawn from a kata.

Jiyu kumite - free sparring.

Kumite is an essential part of okinawa seishinryoku karate do training, and free sparring is often experienced as exciting, because both opponents have react to  

                      and adapt to each other very quickly.


The Competitive part  okinawa seishinryoku karate divided in two categories. KUMITE POINT & KNOCKDOWN KUMITE.


Both kumite types include hand strokes (punches – nudges), leg strokes ( kicks-knee hits-low kicks ) And standing battle – ground battle, without missing the karate technique.


Nowadays the world okinawa seishinryoku karate do federation mounts championships which include competitions with kata - weapons techniques - fights (kumite) according to the I.O.S.K.D.K.J.A. regulations.