Sanbon Kumite

Sanbon kumite (三本組み手) means 3-step kumite. Sanbon kumite slightly changes the approach of gohon kumite. Instead of using one attack and one block five times, both change with every step. The amount of steps will be reduced to three. For instance, a typical sanbon kumite sequence could consist the attacks:

  • Jodan Oi-zuki,
  • Chudan Oi-zuki,
  • Mae-geri.

The defender responds then with

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  • Age-uke,
  • Soto-uke,
  • Gedan-barai, and
  • Gyaku-zuki as a counter.
Nobuaki Kanazawa and Shinji Tanaka demonstrate sanbon kumite of Shotokan karate.

List of Authors:

Dr. Christian Tribowski