Meaning of kumite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkuːmɪteɪ/


mass noun
  • (in martial arts) freestyle fighting.

    ‘They included junior kata and kumite, ladies kata and kumite, senior black belt kata and kumite.’
    • ‘Another example occurred when I was doing kumite with Sensei at his home.’
    • ‘Calum has won every tournament entered for kata and kumite so far this year which is an amazing achievement for someone so young.’
    • ‘Every now and then, we'd break off into pairs for kumite, or sparring.’
    • ‘What can you tell us about his performance in kumite?’


Japanese, literally ‘sparring’.