1 Apr Karate Kumite - Techniques, Drills, etc. This section focuses on Karate kumite (or sparring). Kumite is controlled sparring between two students who usually wear protective gear (i.e. head gear). It is used to teach martial arts techniques and self -defense while competing against a live and often. 18 Mar This page will help you learn the kumite (sparring) techniques used in Shotokan Karate. Kumite teaches students how to effectively utilize the basic elements of Karate (i.e. kicks, punches and blocks) in self-defense situations.