In kihon ippon kumite the basic attacks and counters are practised in a set and rigid way. With jiyu ippon kumite these basic techniques are practised in a more. Description of Jiyu Ippon Kumite: After bowing the training partners face each other in shizentai (hachiji-dachi)―with ryoken daitae mae―with. Shotokan Jiyu Ippon Kumite – More advanced one step free style sparring. Introduced to students generally when they have reached the level of brown belt.

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It is often difficult to gauge the true intensity of the attack, so this could cause questioning. They believe this type of tournament iumite is closer to “real life” personal combat, although still in a tournament setting with rules.

The stance is also narrower as the hiyu are placed slightly less than hip width apart. The hangeki, or counterattack, is usually either jodan or chudan gyaku-zuki.

However, a few more traditional clubs that never use protective gear for sparring except groin and mouth guards that protect against accidental injuries argue that a karateka will not be able to make their most powerful strike when sparring in the dojo against a friend whom they no doubt do not want to injure even if this opponent is wearing kjmite clothing.

The first difference the student notices when starting to practise jiyu ippon kumite is the stance assumed by both the attacker and defender. In traditional Shotokan karatethe first type of kumite for beginners is gohon kumite.

Many international tournaments use a “point sparring” form kunite kumite that requires control ‘pulling punches’ and therefore warnings can be dealt for excessive force on techniques to the head, or sensitive areas. The Kamae is a more manouverable stance than zenkutsu dachi. This means when you shift from kamae the width between the feet is increased to around hip width ku,ite, and the length between the feet is also increased. Kihon, Kata and Kumite.


It takes a considerable amount of time to twist round before they become effective. If a karateka steps out of the ring, they are given a warning. Go no sen involves blocking any attack strongly and then launching a counter attack. To address many people around the world, who have requested this topic, today I will briefly describe and give a handful of tips on proper Jiyu Ippon Kumite.

In Kamae the feet are closer together than in zenkutsu dachi. Popular content All time: However, this clearly would make it difficult to train due to the possibility of injury. In sum, this goes back to the maxim in Japanese Budo: From the uchi uke position the hand is always poised for a fast and powerful kizami zuki. Traditionalists may dismiss it as “useless”, but modern dojos often band with other dojos to form organizations that utilize a tournament circuit as a way to promote their dojos.

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Thesis: Jiyu Ippon Kumite | Cambridge Karate Club

The hands are also in a more natural position as to allow quick and instantaneous bloc then attack. The hip position of the kamae is also very important. An oi zuki chudan could be responded to by a hidari soto ude uke, migi gyaku zuki. In fact, they usually don’t award points for full-force techniques delivered to the opponent either.


At the same time it is also able to perform a quick and strong block such as age uke or osae uke. If they step out of the ring two times, the other person gains a point. In tournaments kumite often takes place inside of a ‘ringed’ area similar to that of a boxing ring. Kumite is the part of karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the kihon and kata. Sen no sen – to seize the initiative, or Go no sen – to seize the initiative later. However, some karate schools use protective gear in free sparring, so that strikes can be delivered closer to their full power.

In some tournaments, face contact is allowed, sometimes limited to senior practitioners. Once the basic attacking and blocking techniques of kihon ippon kumite have been learned the student can progress to Jiyu ippon kumite.

Jiyu Kumite

When an attack is launched you respond by launching your attack which should be quicker, therefore beating your opponent to the target. Other responses in this category involve simultaneous block and counter attacks, such as sliding forward and executing hidari negashi uke, migi ura zuki.

This is the element that takes the basic techniques and uses them in actual combat or fighting situations. Maximum power is achieved from a stable and strong stance. In ippon kumite the student blocks the attack and then counter attacks.