Kihon ippon kumite (基本一本組み手) means basic (kihon) kumite with the focus on one attack and an immediate block and counter. In gohon and sanbon kumite a sequence of forward and backward steps becomes executed. Kihon ippon kumite, on the other hand, creates a more dynamic and realistic fighting situation than gohon and sanbon kumite. For instance, an attacker attacks with a punch to the head (jodan oi-zuki). The defender steps back, blocks the punch and immediately counterattacks.
Attackers start from gedan-barai kamae.
The attacks and counter-reactions are still pre-set. But the complexity increases. Because the defender has for every attack a repertoire of response he or she can apply. Therefore, kihon ippon kumite poses the first step towards free sparing.
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Dr. Christian Tribowski