Kumite for students of intermediate skill and experience will follow closely to the rule-set of the International Kyokushin Karate Federation (IKF) with a few adjustments to meet our needs. This method of Kumite will be full-contact and is practiced as conditioning and preparation for advanced Kumite.
Intermediate Kumite is full-contact, with protective gear for the head, face, hands, and feet. A chest and groin protector are also recommended.
Full-contact Kumite means techniques are thrown with both power and control. Rounds are not point-based; however, rounds will now be time-based. A standard round will be 3 minutes.
A round will be ended if a competitor is:
Knocked down by their opponents' punch or kick.
Swept or thrown, with a punch to the body immediately followed.
If a competitor is forced out of the ring by their opponent.
If a competitor gives up due to injury or other reasons.
A judge or coach may also end a match if there is obvious injury or if a competitor does not example the characteristics of respect and sportsmanship as expected by karateka.
If the round has not ended after 3 minutes, the judge will make a decision based on which competitor had better technique and control of the ring.
Kicks are permitted to the body, the head, the thigh, and below the knee.
Kicks to the knee are not permitted.
Punches are only permitted to the body.
Punches are not permitted to the head or below the belt.
Throws, sweeps, and trips are permitted; however, grabbing is not permitted.
A single open hand push is permitted if immediately followed up by a technique, i.e., a Kick or a Throw.
Pushing with more than one hand or not as a setup for another technique is not permitted.