Northumberland Karate - Pictou County's Oldest Karate Dojo
Kumite/Sparring:
 
Gohan Kumite - 5 Step Sparring
The focus is Timing.  The attacker (Uke) sets the pace and the defender (Tori) reacts to the attacker.
 
Sanbon Kumite - 3 Step Sparring
The focus is Timing + Distancing.  The defender chooses from 3 different distances...Close, Medium or Long Range.  The range determines the stance and the counter.  Also introduced is Tai Sabaki.
 
Ippon Kumite - 1 Step Sparring
The focus is Timing + Distancing + Control.
 
The focus is cumulative as you transition from Gohan to Sanbon to Ippon.  The student must demonstrate a clear understanding of each.
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