Kumite is the practice of free sparring as a means to create a simulation of a fight. In sparring, participants are required to apply movement, attacks, defense and endurance. Sparring is a safe, controlled practice to put learned techniques into application.
Koshiki Karate-Do practices multiple sparring styles to develop abilities to succeed in various types of confrontations:
Koshiki means, “old, ancient way”. This type of sparring is where our dojo derives it’s name from. Koshiki sparring requires competitors to wear protection on the targets of their body, rather than the weapons (hands and feet are uncovered). Protective headgear is worn with a full bubble face shield as well as firm chest-gear, allowing for hard contact to the head and body without injury. Both opponents simultaneously execute techniques of strikes, kicks, knees, elbows and throws. The referee makes periodic breaks to reset opponents back to start lines, as points are awarded to each participant.
Point Fighting is basically a martial arts game of tag. Participants wear protection over the weapons (hand and feet pads), while leaving the torso exposed. Soft headgear is also worn. Competitors simultaneously exchange techniques to see who can score 3 points the fastest.
Weapons Sparring involves the usage of rubber padded traditional weapons in a fight. Various weapons include bo, nunchaku, sai, tonfa, kama, baton, sword, and tanto.
This sparring practice (2 against 1, 3 against 1, etc.) helps to develop skills to use when there is a disadvantage of multiple attackers. The primary goal of this sparring exercise is not to win a match per se, but rather to defend yourself in a manner that gets you out of danger and home safely.
Ground Sparring involves fighting to the ground and from the ground. Basic grappling and submission techniques are involved, while still incorporating striking techniques.