Shotokan Sanbon Kumite

Shotokan Sanbon Kumite (3 Step Sparring)

This page focuses on basic Shotokan Sanbon Kumite (or 3 Step Sparring). Sparring teaches students how to utilize the basic elements of Karate (i.e. kicks, punches and blocks) for self-defense.

In the videos below, you will see a variety of three step (sanbon) sparring drills. They cover the basic first five sanbon kumite techniques. For additional kumite (sparring) techniques, please visit the main Shotokan Kumite section.

Shotokan Sanbon Kumite – Techniques 1 & 2

Shotokan Sanbon Kumite – Techniques 3, 4 & 5