Kakedamashi, kumite, kakie- these terms are often used interchangeably. What exactly do they mean, how are they different, and what role have they  historically played in karate training?

Mario McKenna has posted an excellent discussion  of these terms and their relevance in a Nahate-derived karate context on his blog. Spoiler: none of them translates to “duel to the death.” McKenna has recently been posting some excellent insights into the formation of modern Goju Ryu which are also well worth reading- take some time to look around his blog.

Kumite on the Okinawan Karate and Kobudo blog

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