Shotokan Karate Kumite Exercise – Timing and Distance

This is a shotokan kumite exercise working on basic blocks, age uke (upper block), soto uke (outside forarm block), uchi uke (inside forearm shotokan kumite exercise distance and timingblock), gedan barai (downward block) and gyaku zuki (reverse punch), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

1a and 1b happen at the same time
1a. Attacker steps in with the left leg and attacks with right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to jodan (head), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
1b. Defender steps back with the right leg and defends with a left age uke (upper block), then immediately counters with a right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).


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1c and 1d happen at the same time
1c. Attacker steps out with the left leg and then steps in with the right leg and attacks with a left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to to jodan (head), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
1d. Defender steps forward with the right leg, then immediately steps back with the left leg and defends with a right age uke (upper block), then immediately counters with a left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

2a and 2b happen at the same time
2a. Attacker steps back with the right leg then immediately steps in with the left leg and attacks with right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
2b. Defender steps forward with the left leg, then immediately steps back with the right leg and defends with a left soto uke (outside forearm block), then immediately counters with a right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

2c and 2d happen at the same time
2a. Attacker steps back with the left leg then immediately steps in with the right leg and attacks with left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
2b. Defender steps forward with the right leg, then immediately steps back with the left leg and defends with a right soto uke (outside forearm block), then immediately counters with a left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

3a and 3b happen at the same time
3a. Attacker steps back with the right leg then immediately steps in with the left leg and attacks with right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to jodan (head), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
3b. Defender steps forward with the left leg, then immediately steps back with the right leg and defends with a left uchi uke (outside forearm block), then immediately counters with a right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

3c and 3d happen at the same time
3c. Attacker steps back with the left leg then immediately steps in with the right leg and attacks with left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to jodan (head), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
3d. Defender steps forward with the right leg, then immediately steps back with the left leg and defends with a right uchi uke (outside forearm block), then immediately counters with a left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

4a and 4b happen at the same time
4a. Attacker steps back with the right leg then immediately steps in with the left leg and attacks with right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to gedan (groin), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
4b. Defender steps forward with the left leg, then immediately steps back with the right leg and defends with a left gedan barai (downward block), then immediately counters with a right gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

4c and 4d happen at the same time
44c. Attacker steps back with the left leg then immediately steps in with the right leg and attacks with left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to gedan (groin), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
4d. Defender steps forward with the right leg, then immediately steps back with the left leg and defends with a right gedan barai (downward block), then immediately counters with a left gyaku zuki (reverse punch) to chudan (body), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).

This karate training does require a partner, but karateka practicing on their own can still go through the attacks and defenses as if they were partnered up.

Once the above drill is completed, repeat with other person attacking, try and flow from one person attacking to the next, as in the video below. Ossu

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