Published On: Wed, Oct 18th, 2017

Karate Kumite Training

Karate Kumite Training

Kumite Warm-up techniques

A great Kumite warm-up routine to be successful in a tournament. Speed and timing, some of the most important ingredients on any Kumite. I think this is the perfect training routine which can also have a practical use in the dojo and have everyone involved in the training.

Here are some useful Kumite combinations:

  • Faint a front kick with your front leg then shuffle in with a punch with your backhand.
  • Faint a punch with your front hand and use the momentum to turn and deliver a back kick.
  • Touch the front leg with your front leg pretending to sweep the leg, use the momentum to turn and execute a back kick.
  • Round kick with your front leg and punch to the face with the backhand.
  • Side snap kick and hook kick.
  • Shuffle to his outer side with a back hammer fist to the face when you see him coming.
  • Shuffle in on your second step with a front kick and a follow-up punch.


The main image was taken at theĀ World Championships 2012 Karate, this picture is licensed under Creative Commons

About the Author


Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts styles such as Kenpo Karate, Japanese Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga… He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, he was also a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.