Shotokan Kihon Kumite

Shotokan Kihon Kumite

This page focuses on basic Shotokan kihon kumite (or sparring). Sparring teaches students how to utilize the basic elements of Karate (i.e. kicks, punches and blocks) for self-defense. Kihon kumite focuses on introductory drills where students memorize specific attacks and defenses.

In the videos below, you will see a variety of one step sparring drills. Shotokan kihon kumite can also include 3 Step Sparring (Sanbon Kumite) and/or 5 Step Sparring (Gohon Kumite).  For additional kumite techniques, please visit the main Shotokan Kumite section.

Kihon Ippon Kumite – Jodan (to the Head)

Kihon Ippon Kumite – Chudan (to the Middle)

Additional Chudan and Jodan Kihon Kumite