Would you compete in a 100 man kumite?

While I don’t think we have that kind of thing in my style, I was watching a few 100 man kumite videos online and it reminded me of when I trained in my first dojang. While we didn’t have sessions of that size, my instructors on the days we dedicated to sparring would have us, out of a class of 20 some people, spar one another. It would progress from sparring one on one, one right after the other for about 3 or so minutes, full contact, to, depending on your rank, 2 or 3. It was grueling but fun. And while it doesn’t compare to the 100 man kumite, it just reminded me of it.

So…would you partake in a 100 man kumite?

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11 Responses to Would you compete in a 100 man kumite?

  1. Odee says:

    It was a goal while I was still a kyu grade in Kyokushin, right up until I did 40-man kumite for my shodan. After that I never wanted to do something like that ever again. I have every respect for people who do it but that kind of beating puts you out of action for a long time, plus you have to WIN 70% of the fights and at least 50% of those by knock-down.

  2. ivanivan says:

    yes but it will be disgusting disease smelly sweat of other men yuk

  3. pugpaws2 says:

    Absolutely not. When I was younger perhaps. Now I think differently about many things that I did when younger. What is the point of 100 man Kumite? It has nothing to do with your ability to defend yourself in realistic situations. Self-defense is not an endurance test. It is over quickly. If it isn’t you are in big trouble. I’m certainly not going to go round after round fighting someone. The ability to defend yourself has nothing to do with endurance. Perhaps people are stuck in the wrong mindset. 100 man kumite is no different than schools that make their students do hundreds of pushups, sit ups and run miles as part of rank testing. are they trying to convince the students that they deserve to be promoted?

    I have attended many rank test where the students spent 90% of their time doing stupid things. One well known competitor on the tournament circuit (1970’s) had students stand on one leg and do 100 roundhouse kicks to a target before putting the foot back down on the floor. Martial arts are not acrobatics.

  4. Tom says:

    Like pugpaws2 said, I see no point in it. We will do a 4, 5 or 6 man kumite from time to time in our dojo and even that is a bit much. Mostly it’s for fun, and to mess with the lower belts. We use it to show them how to stay calm in the middle of chaos and how even when you know things, you start getting slopping.

    So to me, I see kumite with one or two partners as much more effective, and from time to time with a small group as fun. Once you get beyond that, the massive attacks get pointless. Plus how many dojos really have 100 people?

  5. Bunshichi Tanba says:

    Actually pugpaws I think the 100 man kumite has a lot of relevance to self defense and more over mental and spiritual development in martial arts, it’s never been a test of how durable your body is but your mind , if you can remain calm and apply your technique in the unlikely event of fighting 100 people one after another then defending against one attacker in reality or a handful of them isn’t as jarrring mentally also the ability to continue fighting even if injured or exhausted is invaluable,also consider the fact it can on some levels teach the futility of continuous combat itself , thereby it shows your idea of self defense needing to be resolved quickly the hard way,also I’m surprised at you disrespecting another art form and it’s traditions”What is the point of the 100 man Kumite?” saying that is no different to Keyboard Warrior saying “What is the point in Kata?” , well the point of both and indeed most training methods of almost any art form are to develop your technique and cultivate one’s physical ,mental and spiritual development through martial arts

  6. Shadam says:

    if i get my cardio together ya. but micheal jai white does these things

  7. LIONDANCER says:

    We too did marathon sparring when I was competing, not 100 simply because there were not that many people but between 10 and 20 was not unusual. I think there is more to it than just the fighting. To me it changed my mindset. I found out that I am not invincible because eventually you will get a beating when you tire and small injuries are common. This will make you think twice before getting into a real fight rather than walk away. Also if you train until you tire and then train some more there is something that happens in your mind where your mind simply takes over and forces the body to do one more good kick and then another to where it simply becomes a mind over matter thing. There is also something that happens physically when you are tired. While at first you will use more strength once you run out of strength your body finds more efficient ways to do the same thing/technique but is much more efficient to conserve energy. When training to failure I can physically feel my body switching to different muscle groups to execute the same motion. Motions become more internal thus conserving energy. While they are interesting sensations they are not necessary to be able to defend yourself as I agree with the others that self defense should be over quickly. However, I do believe that martial art is much more than just self defense and that strength also comes from within as we deal with every day obstacles. Those are not over in 10 seconds or less and do require a different strength. I have learned this strength from hard training. Much more gets conditioned through hard training than just the body. To me a martial artist is much more than just someone who knows how to defend himself. Everybody is very focused on training and conditioning the outside only forgetting that there is also internal strength. Most people don’t know how to even access the internal to train it and sometimes that can be achieved by tiring out the external so the internal has to take over. This is the point where people who are in extreme trouble develop unexplained strengths of survival. The martial artist tries to access it before they are in such dire trouble.
    In martial arts training there has to be a mixture of many things in order to maintain a balance in life. I am getting older and there are things I don’t do anymore but to deprive those I train of the experiences just because I can not do them anymore is cheating them.

  8. kajukat says:

    No. The traditional Kajukenbo schools have their own way of training for multiple opponent situations.

    I believe the way Kajukenbo people train for multiple opponent situations is a more realistic simulation of what can really happen in a street fight.

    The way we train is probably scarier and has a higher risk for injuries, but on the other hand Kajukenbo has a very high drop out rate.

  9. jwbulldogs says:

    When I was young I would have done it in a heartbeat. But now I’m more wiser. I enjoyed competing. I believed that i was invincible. I loved everything about competing. But now I know that competing and self defense are separate. I’ve leaned to place them in the proper places. All of those medal, trophies, and other accolades have no meaning for me now. They are broken, misplaced, or full of dust. I no longer clean them or tighten the looses bolts. My values have changed. That came with me having greater responsibilities like having a family and being in situations where the only important thing was not winning but not dieing or being able to protect my family and provide for them. My eyes were opened. I saw that I could have lost everyone. After experiencing things like this most people discover what is really important. Your bucket list changes.

  10. clown(s) around says:

    Considering that I think one can train for both self defense and competition at the same time, I’d be all over it.

    And since I have lived a pretty stupid life, I know way more about self defense than most ever will.

    If you haven’t had to fight another homeless man for food, don’t argue with me.

    Competition like these have invaluable self defense aspects. And endurance is extremely important because in a real fight your entire body basically goes in to shock with the adrenaline. You get exhausted in less than a minute. You face someone who is bin better shape and you could be screwing your own bum.

    I’ve been there, done it, and what not. Have a homeless man wake you by kicking you in the ribs because you broke into an abandoned building that was ‘his spot’ and tell you don’t need endurance.

    I get so sick of some of these answers here. It makes me pretty angry at how Little some people know of a street life, then pass off total BS, like their college educated butts have lived a rough life.

    Yes, this type of kumite would be great!!!

  11. أبو جهاد بلخدمه O.K. says:

    When I was a bit younger, I took part in many brawls. I got into 12 brawls total. I won 9 and lost 2. The other one there was no winner because it was seperated. Only two of my fights were one on one, the fights I’ve fought are all one on 2+ and I got my ass handed to me on one of those times. It is not pretty. My glory from these days was knocking out three guys, so 100??? Hell no, I know my limits man

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