Tiger Spirit
Karate Academy
Shotokan based Karate in Canterbury, Melbourne
Our Karate - Kumite (Fighting)

       The most common fighting practice in Karate is Jiyu Kumite (Free Fighting). Although it is called free fighting, rules apply for safety. The term ‘Free Fighting’ implies that the students are free in their movement and not limited to set steps routines.
       Apart from free fighting, we have all the step fighting methods of development that are traditional to Karate. We also have several types of step methods that are not traditional, and some methods are unique to our school.
       Many fighting exercises in Karate are set to a template. For example the attacker may have a set amount of predetermined movements or number of attacks. Or the defender may have set limitations on movements. These template activities are designed to hone precise attacking and defensive skills in a safe and controlled environment.
       All set training exercises in our syllabus are designed to lead to the next level, or compliment other exercise at the same level. They may have direct self-defence application, or they may be developing motor skills or co-ordination for later use in other Kumite sections.
       At Tiger Spirit we have a lot of different Kumite requirements throughout our grading syllabus, more than most schools. While some schools take the approach that grading requirements should only consist of the core specifications that indicate a student is ready to progress to the next rank, we take the approach that the grading requirements should also double as a training manual, for both student and instructor.
     Initially the Kumite exercises in the grading requirements have very little practical self-defense application, and are designed to tune mechanical movements and condition the body, later as a student progress the Kumite routines become more and more practical. Without safe development at the early stages many things we do later would be too dangerous to practice.
Ippon Kumite (One Step)
Attacker: One lunging attack with a single step
Defender: Defence starting from standing position
     The flowing is a list of all the Step Kumite training routines that exist in our grading syllabus.
Contact Sensei Andrew on 0412 248 157 or Info@tigerspirit.com.au
Self Defence
Getting out of, or defending various grabs or situations!

Our self-defence training differs from traditional karate training in that we try to keep our situations real! Often the
protocols of a Karate hall can lead to “self Defence” training becoming too clinical!

In some exercises we adopt a “Very close Defensive Position” simular to CQC (Close Quarters Combat)
Sanbon Kumite (Three Step)
Attacker: Three lunging attacks.
Defender: Various actions depending on Belt Level
Kashi Ippon Kumite (Attack and Counter Attack One Step)
Attacker: Single step lunging attack, then evade and counter defenders lunging counter attack. (Footwork drill)
Defender: Defence from standing position and counter with a lunging action forcing the initial attacker to evade
Kiso Kumite (Fundamental Kumite)
Attacker: Shuffling forward twice with rapid attacks
Defender: Shuffle backwards twice and shuffle forwards to counter counter.
Happo Ippon Kumite (8 Direction One Step fighting)
Same as 1 step except the attacker can come from different directions, not directly in front
Kaeme Happo Ippon Kumite
As above but defender starts from a fighting position.
Kaeme Ippon Kumite
Same as one step fighting but both participants start in a stationary fighting position.
Zen No Zen
Attacking your attacker before he/she has finished attacking you!
Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Free One Step fighting)
Same as one step fighting, except moving in fighting positions.
Okuri Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Follow-Through Free One Step)
Same as above but the attacker follows the defender with a second attack.
Multiple Attack
More than one attacker to a single defender
Jiyu Kumite (Free Fighting)
Free fighting between two people.