11 Shotokan Karate Tips to Help your Kumite

Here are some very basic Shotokan kumite tips to help with your sparring, many karateka ignore these basic areas, in favour of intricate combinations and sparring drills.

But whether you enjoy the sparring, or are petrified, there are certain basic principles that can ease the pain for the people who find the sparring difficult and dramatically increase the fighting effectiveness of the people who are more at ease with this area of Shotokan Karate.

Kumite is the spirit and Kata is the soul of karate, but without both, there is NO Karatedo. Want to know more, go ahead with this article.

Today we will be discussing about these 11 Shotokan Karate tips.

  1. Intent
  2. Reaction
  3. Explosiveness
  4. Speed
  5. Target
  6. Impact
  7. Distance
  8. Control
  9. Relax
  10. Adapt
  11. Awareness

Now let us, discuss them in detail. Hope you like it. So without any further delay let’s begin.


Strong spirits always can do! That’s true. When practicing at full intensity, you must be possessing an attitude as if your full life depends on every karate move and even though you have control on your strikes, but still you should still have ‘the intent to do harm’


Your reactions must as fast as lightning. Reaction training exercises are great for helping in this area.


Do not try to start slowly but begin with explosiveness. The start of each karate move must be of shocking in nature. Try to gather speed with each karate steps.


If you are practicing in speed, you should practice at your maximum speed. Try to move fast and shock your opponent. From the start of the technique to the completion of the technique, try to move as fast as you can. It will help you.


You must be accurate to hit your target or goal. Try some target training under pressure.


Make sure that you have power in your strikes, punch bags, striking pads. These are excellent training devices. Actually there are people who learn karate but never hit things. Do not be like those people. I repeat never.


If your distance is wrong, your karate moves will be ineffective. Let us take an example of sun and a magnifying glass. If the sun , the magnifying glass and a paper is put together correctly, the paper will get burnt. That is much alike in case of karate too. If your distance is good, your counter attacks and attacks will be very much effective.


If you are being trained properly in martial arts and if someone tries to tease you in road, you will be soon find to beat the attacker. If  things happen this way, you must know when to stop. You must know how to control yourself in every situation.


Relax in a fight! Sounds odd, right. But yes, if you keep relax in a fight, you will win the fight. If your body and mind with constant training, works and due to this automatic reflex will happen. You do not have to win the battle by force by it will automatically happen.


You need to adapt certain things in a fighting ground. Being able to adapt to your surroundings and attackers is imperative.


You need to be aware of people around you, the people moving towards you, away from you, the people who are looking at you, your surroundings, the grounds you are on.

So now you know the 11 tips of Shotokan Karate tips. Try to practice them and be the ruler in martial arts field. Stay connected with us for more interesting topics.

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