Kumite can be used to develop a particular technique
or a skill (e.g. effectively judging and adjusting one's distance from one's
opponent) or it can be done in competition
Kumite (sparring) is performed in the controlled
environment of the Karate Dojo or at an organised competition event.
It forms a very important aspect of Karate training,
as it allows the student to put in to practice the techniques they have
learnt through training. As a result of its importance Kumite forms part of
the grading syllabus, where students are assessed on their attacking and
Kumite is only permissible for students that are
wearing the correct protective equipment and exercise the appropriate levels
of control in their techniques. SEFKA employs semi contact kumite, which
means a degree, but not excessive contact can be used during a match.
In organised competitions Kumite is divided in to sections based on age, sex and grading levels. The bouts are controlled by highly trained Martial Arts judges and scored on a points system, based on the techniques used and application of them.