Definition of kumite in English:

kumite

Pronunciation /ˈko͞omiˌtā/ /ˈkumɪˌteɪ/

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?’

Origin

Japanese, literally ‘sparring’.

Pronunciation

kumite

/ˈko͞omiˌtā/ /ˈkumɪˌteɪ/